BBC Sport to broadcast ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour this June
June 5, 2020
BBC Sport will broadcast the new ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour live this 17-19 June. Action will be broadcast at 19:00 BST for each of the three stages via the BBC Sport website, app and BBC iPlayer.
Taking place between Wednesday 17 and Friday 19 June, riders and teams from across the world will race it out over three stages on the RGT Cycling virtual platform, in the ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour event, supporting the charities Breast Cancer Now and Mind.
Named the ‘V-SERIES’ as a nod to the virtual racing scene the V-SERIES is a stand-alone event to the real-world road racing Women’s Tour event. Commentary and expert analysis will be provided by Women’s Tour commentators Marty MacDonald and Olympic Champion Joanna Rowsell Shand while organisers are also planning exciting innovations to give more insight than ever before to the riders and team managers during the event.
The first two stages will feature classic routes from the past six editions of the Women’s Tour, with riders first facing a likely sprint stage over the final 38.4 kilometres of the 2014 stage to Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk. Action will then resume Stage Two with a leg replicating the finishing circuit from 2019’s hilltop finish at Burton Dassett in Warwickshire. With three ascents of the 1.7-kilometre climb that averages 4.9% during the 35.7-kilometre race.
Both of these stages will be raced on RGT Cycling’s ‘Magic Roads’ software which has allowed event organisers to utilise GPX files to simulate the routes and profiles.
The final stage will take place around 35-laps of a one-kilometre circuit at the heart of the world-famous business district of Canary Wharf, London that is one of RGT Cycling’s ultra-realistic Real Roads.
The races will also be broadcast live via the Women’s Tour website and YouTube channel.
The ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour is being made possible thanks to the support of ŠKODA, California Raisins, RGT Cycling and Scimitar. Following each stage of the ŠKODA V-SERIES Women’s Tour members of the public will also have the chance to ride the three routes with a suggested donation of £5 to raise money for Breast Cancer Now and Mind.
Mind are the charity partner of Volkswagen Group UK (of which ŠKODA is a part), while Breast Cancer Now’s partnership with the Women’s Tour dates back to 2017 and has seen riders race in the past three editions of the Women’s Tour carrying pink ribbons bearing messages from those affected by breast cancer.
Organisers SweetSpot announced the postponement of the planned 2020 Women’s Tour race in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the next edition of the race due to take place from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 June 2021 with final confirmation of the dates and the 2021 UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar due in the coming months.