Some of Suffolk’s supporting partners, guests and councillors have had the chance to experience what it is like to be part of a peloton ahead of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain next month.
Around 25 riders joined ONE PRO cyclist Kristian House in riding from Eye to the historic Framlingham Castle, taking in some of Suffolk’s finest landscapes as they raced along the 17-mile route.
Kristian, who is taking part in his last Tour of Britain this year, gave the group a real racing feel as they were escorted by Suffolk Police motorcyclists and assisted by a support car.
Following the ride, there was the chance to take a look at the Vittoria team bus.
The event took place as part of pre-cursor to stage six of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, which takes place on September 8, with 20 teams vying to win the 187km stage, which starts in Newmarket and finishes in Aldeburgh.
Cllr Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Health, met riders at Framlingham Castle and praised them for getting into the spirit of things ahead of the big day next month.
“It’s great to have the Tour of Britain back in Suffolk and this event will have whet the appetite of many.
“The weather was good and spirits were high. Those I spoke to following the ride were really pleased to have had the chance to find out how it feels for the elite riders.
“The Tour brings out the best Suffolk has to offer and so much support. Hopefully it will inspire more people to get out on their bikes and get active.”
Andy Wood, CEO of Adnams, said:
“It was a fantastic event, with the weather showcasing Suffolk at its best.
“We’re delighted to have the Tour pass through Suffolk again and Adnams is pleased to be supporting the county council and the district councils along the route. We applaud their ambition to continue to promote these events, not only to bring people into the county but also encouraging our population to remain active.”
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal District Council’s cabinet member for Customers, Communities and Leisure, said:
“Excitement is really building for the Tour now and I hope we are blessed with the same fantastic weather on the day of the Suffolk stage.
"It's great we've had so many join us this morning. Their support importantly showcases the whole county's excitement for the Tour coming in a few weeks time and also highlights two important landmarks along the route.”