The official launch of the Northamptonshire 86-mile, third stage of the Friends Life Women’s Tour took place on Monday 16th March. Helping the Oundle’s Mayor and officials from Northamptonshire County Council launch the stage was double European Champion Helen Wyman, who rode the 2014 Friends Life Women’s Tour, which began in Oundle, for Matrix Fitness.
The Northamptonshite leg will be the longest stage of the 2015 Friends Life Women’s Tour, and could well prove crucial for the destination of the race leader’s Friends Life Yellow Jersey.
Oundle Mayor Gwen Radcliffe said: “The Grand Depart of the inaugural Friends Life Women’s Tour from Oundle in 2014 was certainly memorable. I am delighted that Oundle’s contribution to the success of the event has been recognised. We are thrilled to host the start of this year’s third stage start with the exciting bonus of the riders racing through the town on the loop.”
Matrix Fitness rider Helen Wyman, who this year counts double Olympic Champion and current British Road Race Champion Laura Trott among her teammates, said;
“The Friends Life Women’s Tour changed the face of women’s professional racing in 2015 and I’m extremely excited about coming back in 2015. Racing through Northamptonshire, with the enthusiasm of the crowds was a huge highlight in my racing year last year. Hopefully this year, I can do my bit to help deliver the British Champion to a victory in Northampton as part of the Matrix Fitness team.”