Inaugural event next month

Beaumont backs Women’s Tour to spur interest in cycling

Mark Beaumont and Eileen Roe

Mark Beaumont and Eileen Roe encouraging women to take up cycling


Mark Beaumont, the endurance athlete, believes next month’s Women’s Tour of Scotland could spark an uptake in female cycling across the country.

The three-day inaugural tour starts in Dundee on 9 August and will take in five cities, concluding in Edinburgh. Beaumont, who is the fastest person ever to cycle around the world, joins TV celebrity Gail Porter as a fellow ambassador of the Tour and Scottish racing cyclist Eileen Roe who is also commentating during the event.

Beaumon said: “The Tour has the power to inspire more women to uncover the benefits of cycling both recreationally and competitively. With women on average currently cycling less than men in the UK, I’m very keen to help address the imbalance.”

The leader’s jersey for the tour is sponsored by Edinburgh-based  investment manager Baillie Gifford which is making its first venture into major professional sport. The jersey is made from six recycled plastic bottles and is much like the forthcoming Tour de France traditional yellow jersey, but with a Scottish twist – a saltire design in blue and purple. It will be awarded to the leading rider at the end of each stage and the final race winner.

Lynn Dewar, partner at Baillie Gifford, said: “The new Tour resonated with us in many different ways. Treating people equally, teamwork, strong role models, health and environmental wellbeing, and endurance all match the core values of our firm.”

Baillie Gifford women's tour

Katie Archibald, centre, with team-mates at the launch of the new jersey


Sixteen of the world’s elite teams will take part in the Tour with Great Britain team-mates Katie Archibald (Scotland) and Elinor Barker (Drops Cycling) set to compete against each other. The Tour is the first of its kind to be instituted before a men’s equivalent and offers parity of prize money.

Jack Royle, head of partnerships at the Women’s Tour of Scotland, said: “We want to create a legacy to help more people take up cycling as a leisure activity and to have somebody like Mark Beaumont back our ambition to do that, shows just what this Tour means for the country.”

The team list:

Ale Cipollini                                                  Italy
BIGLA                                                          Denmark
Brother                                                         United Kingdom
Drops                                                           United Kingdom
TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank                         United States
Korean National Team                                South Korea
Lotto Soudal Ladies                                      Belgium
Norway National Team                                Norway
Park Hotel Valkenburg                                 Holland
Scotland                                                        Scotland
RALLY UHC                                                  United States
GB Cycling Team                                           Great Britain
Valcar Cylance                                               Italy
Jadan Weldtite                                               United Kingdom
Torelli                                                             United Kingdom
UCI World Cycling Centre                             Switzerland

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