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Beccles to celebrate Women’s Tour with special festival

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To celebrate the Grand Depart of this year’s OVO Energy Women’s Tour, a special festival will take place in Beccles.

On Monday 10 June, 96 of the world’s best female riders will line up in Beccles to tackle a 157.6-kilometre (98-mile) route through Suffolk, before finishing in Stowmarket. This is the first time Beccles has hosted the race and to commemorate the event, a special festival will be held on Sunday 9 June.

To start the day, the 7th annual Beccles Triathlon begins at 8.30am at Beccles Lido and will feature seasoned and novice triathletes. The competitors will complete a 480m swim (16 lengths of the Lido), followed by a 20.3km (12.6mile) cycle route through Gillingham, Geldeston, Ditchingham and through the Waveney Valley back to Beccles. The race concludes with a 6.7km (4.1mile) run via Beccles Quay and along the Waveney River towpath. Trophies are available for the fastest man, fastest woman and fastest team, as well as age group prizes.

This year's triathlon is now fully booked for entries however there is a waiting list for anyone wishing to take part. Spectators are welcome and so please come and show your support for this popular event, which kicks off this cycling-themed day.

Once the last triathletes have crossed the finish line, everyone is invited to come up to the town centre for the festival, taking place between 12pm and 4pm in and around New Market. There will be live music from The Larks, Distant Sun and Cameron Taylor, an opportunity to have a go on a mobile skate-park and displays from freestyle bike team, Savage Skills. There will a variety of stalls from the local community including Suffolk Police, Great Yarmouth Cycle Club, East Suffolk Council, Snap Fitness and Ultimate Boxing and also a mini food market. It is also hoped that some of the professional Women’s Tour teams will also be in attendance, ahead of the first day of the race - which forms part of the prestigious UCI Women’s WorldTour series.

Timetable for Sunday 9 June:

Time

Activities

Location

0830 – 1230

Beccles Triathlon

Beccles Lido

1200 – 1215

Drops Cycling Team Question & Answer

Podium

1215 – 1300

Live Music : The Larks

Podium

12:30

Savage Skills Display

New Market

1300 – 1315

Cycling Team Question & Answer (tbc)

Podium

1315 – 1400

Live Music : Distant Sun

Podium

1400 – 1415

Team TIBCO-SVB Cycling Team Question & Answer

Podium

1400

Savage Skills Display

New Market

1415 – 1500

Live Music : Cameron Taylor

Podium

1500 – 1515

Cycling Team Question & Answer (tbc)

Podium

1515 - 1600

Live Music : Distant Sun

Podium

1530

Savage Skills Display

New Market

In its four previous visits to Suffolk, the OVO Energy Women’s Tour is estimated to have attracted in excess of 250,000 spectators to the roadside and created a net economic impact for the county’s economy of in excess of £3.5 million.

More information about Stage One of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour, including the full race route and competing teams, can be found at www.womenstour.co.uk/stages/stage-1

Find out more about Beccles Triathlon at www.becclestri.com