EXCITEMENT is gathering ahead of the Worcestershire leg of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour this Saturday.

Crowds will gather at the start in Evesham and finish in Worcester, as well as lining the route along the way.

The Worcestershire leg of the race will cover approximately 80 miles, and 102 cyclists are expected to compete.

Riders will set out at 10.30am from Vine Street in Evesham with the route passing through Pershore, Broadway, Honeybourne, Bidford-on-Avon, Inkberrow, Hanbury and Droitwich Spa, before arriving at the finish in Hylton Road, near Worcester News' office.

A number of roads will be closed for certain periods during the day, to allow the cyclists to come through the route.

The A44 London Road in to Worcester will be closed ahead of the cyclists expected arrival at 1.50pm, with the A44 College Street, A44 Deansway, and A44 Tybridge Street also closed to traffic, for the riders to reach the finish line - which is expected to be just before 2pm.

Riders with their support vehicles, as well as 26 police bikes will be in the convoy along the route.

Organisers recommended Sidbury by The Commandery, Cathedral Square in High Street, New Street, Tybridge Street by Cripplegate Park and the finish line as the ideal viewing spots.

A Worcester City spokesman said: "All roads on the route will close approximately 30 minutes before riders are anticipated to arrive there, and will re-open within 30 minutes of the last rider passing through.

"The exception to this is Hylton Road in Worcester, which will be closed from 4.45am to 5.30pm on June 16.

"The city council has visited all businesses along the road to make them aware of the event and to help overcome any necessary logistics."

To see a specific road along the route, its closure times when the riders will pass visit roadworks.org and in the top right search bar look for 16 June in Worcester.