Welwyn Garden City will host a stage finish of the UK's first ever elite road cycling stage race for women on Saturday 10 May 2014.

Around 100 of the world's best female cyclists are set to take part in The Women's Tour including double Olympic champion, Laura Trott, who began her racing career with the Welwyn Wheelers.

The race takes place over five days from 7-11 May, beginning in Northamptonshire and finishing in Suffolk. Highlights are being shown on ITV4 each evening.

Stage 4 of the race takes place on Saturday 10 May. It begins in Cheshunt and ends in Welwyn Garden City.

Cyclists are expected to enter Welwyn village from 1.41pm before climbing Digswell Hill, one of 10 Queen of the Mountains climbs in the overall race. They will take a left up Brockswood Lane then wind round The Campus, a semi-circle at the heart of the town centre, before hitting the finishing straight on Parkway at around 1.50pm.

Full details of the stage route and estimated timings can be found here.

Everything kicks off in the town centre from 10am on Saturday 10 May. In addition to the excitement of the race itself, visitors can spend time in six different 'zones' - all a stone's throw from the finish line and The Campus which will offer great spectator views.

All the zones will be in and around Howardsgate, the wide road that leads from Parkway to the Howard Centre and train station.  Here's a taste of what's in store:

Howard Centre Stage

Bob FM will be hosting music from The Ghost of Samantha, Nick and the Sun Machine, George Breakfast, Roxanne de Bastion, Emma Cook and Shanniah. There will also be dance from Kicks and Twilight Dance, and interviews throughout the day.

Continental Market

Everything from French charcuterie to Turkish baklavas will bring a truly international flavour to the day.  From pastries to paella, and from fine wines to confectionery and cheeses, a world of delicious items will be on offer.  As well as a gourmet's delight, visitors can also browse among leather goods, French soaps, jewellery and semi-precious stones, pashminas, scarves, hats, belts and more.

Active Health Zone

'Have-a-Go' sessions, Bike Show, Spin Challenge, Bike Ability, Scooter School, Fitness and Health Test, Bike Parking, and Go Fence.

Promo Zone

All the gear and every idea! Meet the names behind the brands of the 2014 Women's Tour sponsors and partners.

Women's Sports Zone

Visit the She-Herts Women's Sports Zone to find out how you can get involved in sport taking place near you from cycling and netball to football and more.


A hive of activity including stalls from Wellness Centre, Oaklands College, Mill Green Museum, WHSPAA, Roller Derby, Anytime Fitness, Creative Hertfordshire, Welwyn Hatfield Times, Herts Sports Village, Serco and many more.

For more information, please visit the Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council website