Scottish hero Katie Archibald will star as stage two of the 350km race gets underway in Glasgow on Saturday (August 10) before heading north into Aberfoyle for a spectacular sprint section around 12noon.
After leaving Aberfoyle, the teams will make the climb up the Duke’s Pass, head round Loch Venachar and enter Strathyre for another sprint.
Top-class events location
Convener of Stirling Council’s Community Planning and Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane said: “The stunning surroundings of the Aberfoyle area are the perfect backdrop for this exciting race and cements Stirling’s reputation as top-class events location.
“With the influx of visitors and the wide exposure on TV, it will also provide a tourism boost to the local area as we continue to support the development of Stirling’s important rural economy.”
A real buzz in Aberfoyle
Trevor Geraghty, Chair of Strathard Community Council, said: “It’s fantastic that Aberfoyle and the surrounding area will take centre stage for another top-class event and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors to watch the action unfold.
“There is a real buzz in Aberfoyle at the moment, with new businesses opening up, major events like the Dukes Weekender Cycling Festival being held the area, and the introduction of initiatives such as free Wi-Fi which allows visitors and locals to get online 24/7.”
Benefit local businesses
Vice Convener of the Committee, Cllr Maureen Bennison said: “We are continuing to deliver a range of initiatives to support sustainable and inclusive growth in rural areas such as the roll out of free Wi-Fi, transformative broadband projects and business hubs.
“Having major events like the Women’s Tour of Scotland in this beautiful part of rural Stirling will benefit local businesses, while watching these world-class athletes can only inspire more people to get active and involved in sport.”
The three-day, three-stage race will start in Dundee and finish in Edinburgh and will be contested by many of the top women’s teams in the world, along with the cream of Scotland and Great Britain’s female cycling talent.
Archibald, an Olympic gold medallist at the 2016 games in Rio, will captain team Scotland, who will compete against 15 other teams from around the world.
Timings and road closures
Rolling road closures will be in place along the route, with the race starting at 11.15am in George Square, Glasgow.
The cyclists will head up the A81 from Glasgow and are expected to arrive in Aberfoyle around 12noon. They will then negotiate the Duke's Pass and speed into Strathyre approximately 45 minutes later.
Before the teams depart Strathyre and journey towards Perthshire via Lochearnhead, there will be a chance for spectators to grab team souvenirs at Strathyre Cabins - the cyclists’ feeding zone on stage two.
No parking will be in place on the A821 around Loch Achray, from 9am until the race has passed through the area (around 1pm).
For details of stage two and when and where to watch the leading cyclists go head-to-head, visit: https://womenstourofscotland.com/route/stage-2/
Further info and advice for motorists can be found on the Traffic Scotland website:
Live updates of the event are available on the race’s official Twitter account: @womenstourscot