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The Tour is coming!

Suffolk Coastal will be on centre stage this September, as the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycling race comes to the district.

Stage six of the road cycling race travels entirely within Suffolk for the first time, starting from Newmarket and travelling east to finish in Aldeburgh on Friday 8 September.

The 183km stage is being sponsored by Adnams and promises plenty of challenges for the riders.

The route comes into our district at Dennington and travels past Framlingham Castle, Wickham Market, Grundisburgh, past Kesgrave High School, through Woodbridge and our Council Offices in Melton. It then travels through Rendlesham, past Snape Maltings and finally finishes on Aldeburgh’s high street.

The cycling event last visited the county in 2015 and was won by German sprinter Andre Greipel in Ipswich.

Andy Jarvis, Strategic Director for Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: 

“We are delighted to see cycling returning to east Suffolk and Aldeburgh this September!

"Cycling has been very much on the agenda in the District and east Suffolk as a whole through our support of the Women’s Tour and hosting The Tour of Britain gives us a real opportunity to showcase Suffolk Coastal as a fantastic tourist destination, with the route travelling through the majority of our district.

“Not only does The Tour bring great economic and tourism benefits, it importantly also reflects our ambitions to inspire more people to get involved in sport and encourage healthy living. We will be building on the success we’ve achieved to make this year an even bigger celebration of sport and sporting excellence.”

The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step, taking place between Sunday 3 and Sunday 10 September 2017.

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