The Tour of Britain Women is coming to Ramsbottom this weekend and will see some of the best cyclists around showcasing their talent.

On Sunday, June 9, cyclists will race down Peel Brow and through the town centre before 90 world class cyclists go head-to-head at The Rake for the Queen of the Mountain Challenge.

The tour will be out across Greater Manchester for the final phase of the four-stage event.

Stage four will see the peloton take on a 99km route, which starts at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester at 11.15 am and finishes in Leigh at approximately 2.30pm.

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Cyclists are expected to enter Ramsbottom from Edenfield around 12.30pm.

After they have gone through the town centre and up The Rake, cyclists will make their way towards Hawkshaw and towards Edgworth.

Spectators are encouraged to line the route to cheer the cyclists on as they make their way through.

People can watch the event from anywhere along the route, but key viewing points in Ramsbottom include:

• Along Whalley Road, Ramsbottom

• Ramsbottom town centre

• Rawson's Rake/The Rake, Holcombe Village

• Junction at Pot Green/Hare and Hounds pub

• Hawkshaw village

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As a welcome to the cyclists, a steam train will sound its whistle as riders approach the East Lancashire Railway level crossing at Bridge Street.

At St Paul’s Church Garden, a free family fun day will be taking place from 10am to 2pm, offering free "Dr Bike" repairs, bikes for youngsters and adults to try-out, Wheels for All accessible cycling, plus there will be pre-loved bikes for sale and free cycling giveaways.

It is the first time the Greater Manchester region has welcomed the women’s tour, having previously accommodated the men’s event in 2004, 2019 and 2023.

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A Bury Council spokesperson said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to be welcoming the women’s Tour of Britain for the first time.

“When the bike riders come to Ramsbottom it’s like a big celebration. They pedal fast and hard, make us cheer, and inspire us to embrace cycling and its many health benefits and advantages to the environment.

“Last year we saw a fantastic turnout and I’m sure that come Sunday residents and cycling enthusiasts alike will once again show the riders their warm support.

“Let’s line the route to make the 2024 Tour of Britain Women another great day to remember in Ramsbottom.”