Women’s tour to race through south Norfolk

The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143935001
The Tour of Britain rode through Old Buckenham on Saturday, September 12. ANL-150914-143935001
  • Aviva Women’s Tour 2016 to start in Suffolk and Norfolk
  • Harleston and Attleborough part of opening stage
  • First time Norfolk has hosted event
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The Diss Express area is set to be swept up in cycle fever once again when the Aviva Women’s Tour races through south Norfolk this summer.

While a spokesperson said the exact locations and times would be confirmed in the coming months, early maps show Harleston and Attleborough are set to host part of Stage 1.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote cycling across the County, and with statistics showing that cycling is still a predominantly a male sport it is a fantastic example to help encourage more women out on their bikes and getting more active

Ben Jones, Director of Active Norfolk

Running from Southwold to Norwich on Wednesday, June 15, the opening stage will span 132km, and mark the first time the women’s tour has passed through Norfolk.

Other locations on the stage include Halesworth, Beccles, and Lowestoft. It will be the third year in succession Suffolk has hosted a leg of the race.

The cycling bug swept through south Norfolk in September last year when the Tour of Britain ventured across the Breckland — between 1,000 and 2,000 people were expected to have lined the roads in Old Buckenham, while events were held in Attleborough and East Harling.

Ben Jones, Director of Active Norfolk said; “Following the success of the Tour of Britain coming through Norfolk last year, we are really excited to now be welcoming the Women’s Tour to the County, and proud that Norwich will be hosting the grand finale.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote cycling across the County, and with statistics showing that cycling is still a predominantly a male sport it is a fantastic example to help encourage more women out on their bikes and getting more active.”

Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for health, said: “It’s great news for Suffolk that the Women’s Tour will be returning to the county for the third year in a row and it’s a real honour to be chosen to host the Grand Depart for the second year in succession, which is testament to the fantastic reception and support that the race and riders receive when visiting Suffolk.

The locations of the Strava Queen of the Mountains climbs and the Chain Reaction Cycles Sprints, and timings will be announced in the coming weeks along with details of the teams spectators can look forward to seeing in action.

For more information on the Women’s Tour, see www.womenstour.co.uk and www.facebook.com/thewomenstour