Marketing team Destination Chesterfield, Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire County Council have been rolling out fabulous guides to the Aviva Women’s Tour cycle race with the route and road closures before it comes to the region.
The world’s top riders head to Derbyshire today, Friday, June 17, for Stage 3 from 10.45am, in Ashbourne, finishing about 2.10pm, in Chesterfield Market Place, after coming through the Peak District National Park including Buxton, Chatsworth, Youlgreave and Matlock.
The Stage 3 106.9km race will start in Ashbourne at 11am, and will be expected to hit Buxton, about 11.40am, Matlock about 12.48pm, and Chesterfield about 1.53pm.
Some of the best viewing spots include: Terrace Road, Buxton, for a points sprint at about 11.43am; Winster about 12.31pm for a Queen of the Mountains challenge; Bank Road, Matlock, about 12.52pm, for a Queen of the Mountains Challenge; and Market Place, Chesterfield, about 1.53pm, for the finish.
The overall Stage 3 route will go from Ashbourne, to East Strendale, Buxton, Chelmorton, Monyash, Youlgreave, Alport, Winster, Wensley, Cross Green, Darley Moor, Matlock, Ashover, Beeley, and Baslow heading along the A619, B6050 towards Chesterfield.
The race is expected to hit Chesterfield on the B6051 Newbold Road, and head on to the B6150 Loundsley Green Road, then on to Ashgate Way, Saltergate, Soresby Street, Rose Hill, Clarence Road, West bars and then Market Place in Chesterfield town centre.
Destination Chesterfield and the borough council outlined the following advice for spectators and road users in Chesterfield and below is the county council’s for everyone across the region:
Once Stage 3 enters Chesterfield town centre the race will;
Travel along Ashgate Road on to Saltergate
Turn right into Soresby Street outside the County Music Bar (going the opposite way to the normal one way traffic route)
Turn right onto Rose Hill and pass the front of Chesterfield Town Hall
Turn left on to Clarence Road
Turn left on to West Bars
Bear left on to the Market Place (past the Wetherspoons pub)
Pass the Market Hall and reach the finish line in the market area near McDonalds.
The best viewing spots for the finish of the race in Chesterfield will be;
The corner of Saltergate and Soresby Street
The corner of Soresby Street and Rose Hill
In front of the Town Hall on Rose Hill
The corner of Rose Hill and Clarence Road
The corner of Clarence Road and West Bars
Discover the estimated arrival times for the event
Chesterfield Road Closures;
Chesterfield Borough Council is working with Derbyshire County Council and event organiser SweetSpot to help bring the Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 to Chesterfield.
For the majority of the race, a rolling road closure is in place, meaning the roads on and around the route will only be closed for the short period in which it takes for the race to pass by – usually around 15 minutes around the estimated time of arrival.
The rolling road closure managed by a team of police and specialist cycle race motorcyclists travelling in advance of the riders to ensure that the route is clear and safe.
Chesterfield’s prohibited parking plan;
The race enters Chesterfield town centre along Ashgate Road, and the route must be clear of parked vehicles. Residents will have been advised that they are on the race route, which will be clearly marked with yellow warning signs. Please don’t park on the route on the day of the stage if the race is due to pass by, cars that are causing an obstruction may be moved.
Town centre road closures
A number of roads in the town centre will be closed temporarily to allow the race to take place safely.
The following roads will be closed to traffic for a period of time between midnight and 7pm in order to manage the race finish at Market Place:
Burlington Street – full length
Glumangate – from Knifesmithgate to Market Place only
Soresby Street – from Rose Hill, to Market Place / New Square only
West Bars – from New Beetwell Street to Low Pavement only
The following roads in the town centre will be affected on a ‘rolling road closure’ basis, they will close shortly before the race is due to arrive and re-open once the cavalcade has passed;
Rose Hill – full length
Rose Hill East – full length
Rose Hill West -full length
Soresby Street – from Rose Hill to Saltergate
Albion Road – full length
Clarence Road – full length
Rutland Road – full length
Foljambe Road – from junction with Alexandra Road West to junction with Saltergate
West Bars – from junction with A619 (West Bars roundabout) to New Beetwell Street
The Tour is escorted along the route by trained police officers and escort motorcyclists. If you are asked to stop by an officer, please listen carefully and obey their instructions.
We would recommend using the multi-storey car parks, those on the railway station side of town or the old Queen’s Park Sports Centre car parks as they are less likely to face disruption.
Ashgate Road car park, Ashgate Road S40 4AA
Beetwell Street multi storey car park, New Beetwell Street S40 1SH
Devonshire street car park, Devonshire Street S41 7ST
Hollis Lane car park, Hollis Lane S41 7RE
Holywell Cross car park, Holywell Street S41 7SA
Queen’s Park South and Queen’s Park North (either side of the old Queens Park Sports Centre), Boythorpe Road S40 2NF
Queen’s Park Annexe, Park Road S40 2QE
Saltergate multi-storey car park, Saltergate S40 1UT
Station Road car park, Station Road S41 7XB
Vicar Lane, Beetwell Street, S40 1QP
While Rose Hill and Soresby Street car parks will be open they will face severe restrictions between noon and 3pm due to road closures to allow the race to come through so should be avoided at these times.
Rose Hill car park, Rose Hill East S40 1LP
Soresby Street car park, Rose Hill East S40 1JW
Find out more about parking in Chesterfield.
There will be a full day of entertainment and activity happening in Chesterfield during the day
8.30 am to 2.30pm Workplace static cycle team challenge and Community have a go – Town Hall Promo area.
9.30am – 3.00pm Information Arena static displays – Active Chesterfield– Market Place
10.00am – 3.00pm Aviva Race Promo Zone – Town Hall promo area
10.30 – 1.00pm – Kids balance bikes – Market Hall
11.00am – 3.00pm – Wheelyfunwheels – Disability Cycles static displ
11.30am – 12.00 – Unicycle Team – Town Hall promo area
12.00 – 1.00pm – Wheelyfunwheels Disability Cycles – have a go – Town Hall promo area.
12.00 – Schools Ride arrives at event Finish – Market Place
12.30pm Eroica Britannia Cycle Team arrive at event Finish – Market Place
12.45 – 1.45pm – Unicycle Display Team – Vicar Lane
1.45pm Estimated Womens Tour Finish – Market Place
2.00pm – 2.15pm Race Podium Presentation – Market Place
2.15pm – 2.45pm – Unicycle Display Team – Vicar Lane
fun fair rides and entertainment
Spectators are also being urged by Derbyshire County Council to decide where to watch the Aviva Women’s Tour of Britain as it passes through large parts of the county on Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18.
The race started on Wednesday, June 15, from Southwold, in Suffolk, and finishes in Kettering, on June 19, with a Derbyshire route during Stage 3, on Friday, from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, and a return to the county during Stage 4’s Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent route, on Saturday.
Stage 3 includes a 109.6km route, on Friday, from Ashbourne to Chesterfield, including the Peak District National Park, Buxton and Matlock, and Stage 4, on Saturday, will pass through south Derbyshire on its way from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent.
Below is a breakdown of the whole of Stage 3 from Ashbourne to Chesterfield and the best viewing spots:
The Stage 3 route leaves Ashbourne Market Place at 10.45am and heads out on the A515 towards Fenny Bentley.
The peloton passes the turn-offs for Tissington and Alsop-en-le-Dale before taking a left towards Heathcote, Crowdecote and Earl Sterndale as they head for Buxton town centre at around 11.40am for the first sprint section of the day along Terrace Road.
Then the riders head back south on the A5270, skirting King Sterndale and Chelmorton around noon, before hitting Monyash, then taking the Long Rake road towards Youlgrave at around 12.25pm.
They travel down through Alport before taking a sharp right on to the B5056 for the first Queen of the Mountains section up a steep climb that passes local landmark Robin Hood’s Stride.
Then it’s left into Winster at around 12.35pm along the B5057, onto Wensley and downhill through Cross Green into Darley Bridge, over the bridge and up Station Road to the A6 T-junction by the Whitworth Hotel for around 12.45pm.
The A6 from Darley Dale towards Matlock is the second sprint section of the day, and then it’s into Matlock town centre, around 12.50pm, along Bakewell Road ahead of the second Queen of the Mountains challenge - Matlock’s tortuous Bank Road.
The peloton then heads out on the A632 Chesterfield Road and past Matlock Golf Club, taking a left turn at the top of Slack Hill into Wirestone Lane, around 1pm, and Screetham Lane towards Beeley Moor. Then it’s down the fast descent from the top of the moor, winding down into Beeley village, right onto the B6102 towards Chatsworth and Edensor before leaving the Derbyshire Dales at Baslow, around 1.25pm as the riders head to Cutthorpe and on to the finish in Chesterfield Market Place around 2pm.
Ashbourne viewing spots;
The race starts from the St John’s Street and Market Place area along the A515 Buxton Road at 10.45am, and there are a number of events taking place in the Market Place beforehand.
To get ready for the event some roads within the town centre will be closed from midnight. These are part of Church Street from the Station Road junction to St John’s Street, part of St John’s Street up to the Market Place and Dig Street.
From 7am there will also be a temporary one way system, in an anti-clockwise direction, along Cokayne Avenue, turning left into The Green road, then onto King Street, to join the A515 above the Market Place. Parking will be available in the town centre car parks, but traffic in the town will be very busy, and car parks may fill up quickly.
Buxton viewing spots;
The riders are expected to be in Buxton at some time between 11.10am to 12.00noon. The roads on the route, the A515, A53, the A6 may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they are in the town by 10.30am in plenty of time to get a good viewing point.
There is an intermediate sprint which ends on Buxton High Street. Expect this area to be busy – barriers and equipment will be set up during the morning.
Matlock viewing spots;
Matlock is expected to be busy as the rolling road closure and riders arrive at some time between 12.20pm and 13.05pm. They arrive in the town on the A6 from Darley Dale and turn left up the Queen of the Mountains climb of Bank Road. The racers then travel past Highfields School on the A623, and over Beeley Moor and down to Beeley village and on to Chatsworth. These roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors are advised to make sure they are in Matlock by 11.45am.
Chatsworth viewing spots:
The riders are expected to arrive on the Chatsworth estate at some time between 12.50pm and 13.40pm. They arrive in the estate from Beeley and then follow the B6012 through the estate towards Baslow. The roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time, so visitors need to make sure they get to Chatsworth by 12.15pm. Car parks at Chatsworth House will be open as normal and access will be available apart from the rolling road closure that accompanies the cyclists.
Chesterfield viewing spots;
Big crowds are expected to see the peloton arrive in the town and to view the finish in the Market Place. The rolling road closure and riders are expected to arrive in the town at some time between 13.15pm and 14.15pm. Roads may be closed for around 30 minutes during this time. Visitors are advised to make sure they are in Chesterfield early, to find a good viewing point, and to soak up the atmosphere of pre-event activities throughout the morning.
There’ll be lots to see and do with events taking place in the Market Place and surrounding areas. There’ll be lots of cycling activities to view and take part in and some events involving local schools will be taking place.
There will be some road closures early in the morning, on roads leading off the Market Place. Some road closures in the Soresby Street, Rose Hill, Clarence Road, Rutland Road, Foljambe Road, and West Bars (from Rutland Road to New Beetwell Street) areas will be necessary from 12 noon, until crowds and event infrastructure have cleared.
Stage 4 of the Aviva Women’s Tour:
This stage passes through Erewash and South Derbyshire on Saturday 18 June. The route visits Long Eaton Breaston , Draycott, Borrowash, Elvaston & Thulston, Aston-on-Trent, Weston-on-Trent, Swarkestone, Ticknall, Hartshorne, Woodville, Swadlincote and Newhall, before leaving Derbyshire on the A511, towards, Burton, and ultimately the finish at Stoke on Trent.
The overall race:
Stage 1 started on Wednesday, June 15, from Southwold to Norwich, 138.5km; Stage 2 continued on Thursday, June 16, Atherstone to Stratford-upon-Avon, 140.6km; Stage 3, is today, Friday, June 17, from Ashbourne to Chesterfield; Stage 4, is Saturday, June 18, from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, 119.2km; and Stage 5, is on Sunday, June 19, from Northampton to Kettering, 113.2km.