At the National Launch of the Tour of Britain in March 2013 SweetSpot first announced their intentions to create a standalone stage race for the world's top female cyclists, in Britain - the first event of its kind. Then at the final stage of the 2013 Tour of Britain in central London a women's race was held, won by Hannah Barnes, previewing moves that the Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana would announce some months later.
Just a week after this SweetSpot received the news that the Women's Tour had been granted a place on the UCI calendar for May 2014, being granted the highest possible ranking for a stage race, 2.1, and putting it instantly on a par with the world's top races for women. The first edition was a widely acclaimed success, attracting the world's top riders and teams and widespread media coverage for women's cycling in the UK. In 2016 the race was a part of the inaugural UCI Women's WorldTour as the event continued to grow.
You can find details of previous editions of the race held by clicking on the links above. To relive highlights, interviews and features from both editions of the race click on our Video page or head to our YouTube Channel.