THE world’s top female racing cyclists are making a swift return to the Moorlands on Thursday, June 8.
They will speed through the district on Stage Two of the Women’s Tour en-route to the Potteries.
Their return to the Moorlands follows on the success of last year’s visit from the Aviva Women’s Tour.
This time the cyclists will follow an extended route taking in Leek via Cheadle and Ipstones.
The race will enter Leek via the A523 and leave town on the Buxton road before turning for Gun Hill
From there the cyclists will work back towards the A53 at Longsdon and travel back to where the stage started in Stoke-on-Trent.
There will be two designated SKODA Queen of the Mountain climbs, where riders battle for points towards the best climber’s jersey.
The first comes in the village of Ipstones after 100-kilometres of racing, while the second is the iconic climb of Gun Hill, which is being used for the first time by a major women’s race.
All of the world’s top women’s teams will be taking part in the race, including the world’s number one team Boels Dolmans of defending race champion Lizzie Deignan, pictured above, and Wiggle HIGH5.
The Women’s Tour is part of the UCI Women’s World Tour, comprising 20 events around the world in 10 different countries.