The world’s best cyclists will tour the region in October

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A great cycling race is coming to a road near you, with not one but two stages of the Women’s Tour crossing east Essex and Suffolk in October.

The Women’s Tour, the most prestigious stage cycling race on the international women’s calendar, will see around 100 riders take to the streets of eastern Essex and Suffolk for stages 5 and 6 on October 8 and 9.

Created by SweetSpot Group in 2014, the Women’s Tour was the UK’s first international stage race created just for women. Since 2016, it has been part of the prestigious UCI Women’s WorldTour series.

The Women’s Tour is not just a cycling race: it is an event with a major social agenda and the promotion of sport participation and a healthy lifestyle, as well as equality in sport, offering including the same prorated endowment fund as the Men’s Tour. from Brittany.

This year’s race has been rescheduled from last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and organizers hope it will be a celebration for the cycling community, for which going out on a bike was a great form of cycling. escape during the various confinements.

Mick Bennett, Race Director of the Women’s Tour, said: “After the challenges the Women’s Tour has faced since the start of 2020, it is extremely uplifting to know that when we finally come back in October, our passionate fans will once again be able to enjoy watching the world’s best teams and racers by the side of the road – all for free too!

“We have designed a course that will ensure that the battle for glory continues until the last day. Roll on October! ”

The race will once again draw a field of stars for its seventh edition, with 12 of the world’s 15 best teams in action, including the nine UCI Women’s WorldTour first division teams confirmed to race.

Danielle Every, British Cycling cycling delivery manager, said: “Year after year the Women’s Tour attracts the best teams in the world and 2021 is no exception. Despite the disappointment of last year’s postponement, we know that the riders at the rendezvous – who will be cheered by a brilliant crowd over six days of racing – will make this latest edition one of the most spectacular to date.

“After the explosion in cycling participation that we saw during the pandemic, we hope this event will be a fantastic showcase to help us nurture the next generation of female talent and inspire more women and girls across the country. to try out a local cycling event regardless of age or ability.

“We are incredibly proud of how the Women’s Tour has established itself as a mainstay of the UCI Women’s WorldTour calendar and a true celebration of incredible female talent, so we all look forward to its return in October.

The Women’s Tour and British Cycling have also teamed up to launch Ride for Heroes, which will celebrate the main workers and heroes of the British community. Each place of departure and arrival of the stage will host a special outing to allow spectators to say thank you to the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With two stages crossing our region, spectators have plenty of opportunities to see the action and enjoy our beautiful countryside and towns.

Pete Waters, Executive Director of Visit East of England, said: “After being locked out for so long, The Women’s Tour is a great opportunity to get out of your quarantine couch and enjoy a breath of fresh air while on the go. while watching an exciting sporting event.

“Spend a day in our beautiful natural landscape, rediscover picturesque towns, have a picnic or find a welcoming pub or cafe along the road. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our newfound freedoms! ”

For more route information visit www.womenstour.co.uk

Step 5

Colchester and Clacton will host the penultimate stage of the Women’s Tour as the world’s best cyclists prepare to race from the historic castle town to the English coast on Friday 8 October.

This stage will mark the first time Colchester will host the Women’s Tour, although the city’s notable ties to cycling include hosting a Tour of Britain stage finish (2010) and four rounds of the Tour Series. . As part of a two-year deal with the SweetSpot race organizers, Colchester will also host next year’s race’s Grand Départ in June 2022.

Stage five begins at Colchester’s Northern Gateway Sports Park, the new recreation facility that is already inspiring local residents to lead more active lives. Riders will complete a tour of the site’s closed-road cycle route before heading to historic downtown Colchester.

Cllr Paul Dundas, Colchester Borough Council Head, said: “What a coup to bring the Women’s Tour to Colchester to showcase this historic city on the world stage. Colchester is extremely proud to support this global event and our ambitions for Stage 5 are to celebrate this fantastic part of Essex, to attract thousands of visitors to the region, to stimulate the local economy, to inspire sports of tomorrow and encourage us all to lead fitter, healthier lives.

Meanwhile, Clacton will host its third stage finish in the history of the Women’s Tour this year. Another friendly stage for spectators, the peloton will cross the finish line on the Clacton seafront after just 32 kilometers before completing a 63.5 kilometer loop via Holland-on-Sea, Thorpe-le-Soken and Manningtree. .

The two previous stage finishes of the Women’s Tour in Clacton both resulted in group sprints, won by Marianne Vos (2014) and Jolien D’hoore (2015). With 95.5 kilometers, this is the shortest road stage of the 2021 race.

Alex Porter, a member of the Tendring District Recreation and Tourism Council cabinet, said the women’s tour was always a huge boost for the area.

“We have known from previous years that we have hosted this elite race how much of a spectacle it is, an event enjoyed by both dedicated cycling fans and newcomers to the sport,” said Cllr Porter. .

“Besides being a boost for businesses as spectators flock to the area to enjoy the event, it also captures the imagination and inspires people to dust off their bikes and get on their bikes; which is good for the environment and your health.

Step 6

Suffolk hosts the final stage of the Women’s Tour between Haverhill and Felixstowe on Saturday 9 October. It will be the first time Suffolk, which aims to be England’s busiest county, has hosted the final stage of the race since 2014.

The scene, which was slated to be part of last year’s Women’s Tour before it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was initially unveiled at the Port of Felixstowe in January 2020.

A signature scenic drive through the county will take the peloton past the stately home of Melford Hall and through Sudbury before following the track at Wattisham Flight Station.

The route also includes Stowmarket, Wickham Market and Woodrbridge, all of which have featured in historic Women’s Tour stages in the county, before heading south towards the finish line adjacent to Felixstowe Beach.

Haverhill is a newcomer to the Women’s Tour while Felixstowe – which featured in the inaugural edition of the race seven years ago – will host its first stage finish.

Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Public Protection at Suffolk County Council, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Women’s Tour back to Suffolk for its sixth visit to the county. , and I am very happy to have confirmed this year’s exciting course for the last stage.

“The past 16 months have been a particularly difficult time for so many people, and it is a great feeling to have a world class sporting event coming up in Suffolk, which we can all look forward to and celebrate.

“Initiatives like ‘Love to Ride Suffolk’ have helped us stay active during blackout times and I hope welcoming the world’s best riders to Suffolk will continue to inspire people to get out on their bikes and ride their bikes. enjoy what this county has to offer. . ”

Cllr Letitia Smith, Cabinet Member of the East Suffolk Council for Communities, Recreation and Tourism, said: “We are delighted to be able to host the Women’s Tour again in East Suffolk this fall after a difficult year. for many. It gives us something truly special and exciting to look forward to, and there is no doubt that our communities will be more united and festive than ever before and eager to support the event and our local businesses during this sporting spectacle.

“We are committed to increasing people’s participation in sport and the Women’s Tour will undoubtedly inspire more people to ride a bike and improve their health and well-being.”

teams competing in 2021

Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)

AWOL O’Shea (Great Britain)

CAMS-Basso Bikes (Great Britain)

Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany)

Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Germany)

Drops-Le Col s / b TEMPUR. (Britain)

Futuroscope FDJ New-Aquitaine (France)

Liv Racing (Netherlands)

Movistar team (Spain)

Parkhotel Valkenburg (Netherlands)

SD Worx (Netherlands)

Team BikeExchange (Australia)

DSM Team (Germany)

TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank Team (United States)

Trek-Segafredo (USA)

Valcar-Travel & Service (Italy)

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