The Women’s Tour arrives in the region today with some of the world’s best cyclists taking to the streets of Suffolk and north Essex – and bringing a bonus of over £ 1million to the economy.
The prestigious event showcases some of the best cycling talent from around the world with riders this year including Elisa Balsamo, who won gold at the World Road Cycling Championships.
The event was supposed to take place locally in 2020 but has been postponed due to the pandemic.
Our region is hosting the last two stages of the race, after its start at the start of the week in Bicester, when the competition is already in full swing for the precious blue jersey.
The race will start in Colchester around 11:30 am Friday with cyclists passing through Holland-on-Sea and Manningtree before arriving at the finish in Clacton-on-Sea around 2:20 pm.
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The sixth and final stage of the race takes place in Suffolk and begins in Haverhill at 11am Saturday passing through Sudbury, Needham Market and Woodbridge before ending in Felixstowe around 3:20 pm.
In the past, the tour has given the region a real economic boost worth an estimated £ 1million with fans ready to flock once again to watch their favorite stars.
Stuart Keeble, Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council, said: “We are delighted to host the final stop of this year’s Women’s Tour race, welcoming the world’s best cyclists to our fantastic county.
‘The Suffolk race stage in 2019 drew around 44,000 spectators and the organizers’ modeling suggests it could have contributed £ 1.1million to the county’s economy.
“Incorporating small changes in our lives, such as replacing a car trip on foot or by bicycle, not only helps us feel healthier and happier, but also supports the economy of Suffolk at large. by reducing traffic jams and reducing sick days. “
As well as being the last stop, Felixstowe will host its own special festival over the weekend, Felixfest, with a number of free events, including a triathlon.
A number of road closures will be in place in Suffolk and north essex the passage of the riders.