Friends Life Women’s Cycle Tour’s route through east Suffolk is revealed

Suffolk Coastal’s Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf (on bike). On the stairs (left to right) Aldeburgh Town Counc

Suffolk Coastals Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf (on bike). On the stairs (left to right) Aldeburgh Town Councils Clerk, Ruth Proctor; Deputy Mayor, Mike Kiff; Mayor Richard Marson; Chairman of Town Appearance, John Digby; and, Chairman of Aldeburgh Business Association, Robert Mabey, looking forward to the Friends Life Women's Cycle Tour coming to the town. - Credit: Archant

First details have been revealed today of the route 100 of the world’s top women’s cyclists will race through east Suffolk this summer.

The county is hosting the first stage of the money-spinning 2015 Friends Life Women’s Tour – the race starting in Bury St Edmunds, where it finished last year, with the day one leg ending in Aldeburgh.

In Suffolk Coastal, the competitors will race through Kesgrave, out to Woodbridge, then on past Rendlesham to Snape, before heading up to Saxmundham, Leiston and Thorpeness, before cutting down to Aldeburgh and the finish line.

Across the county, cycling organisations are looking forward to yet another huge boost to their sport, while councils say it will be good for the county’s economy, and bring large numbers of visitors to enjoy the spectacle.

Ruth Proctor, clerk of Aldebugh Town Council, said it was a “tremendous privilege” to host the event and the town was very excited and looking forward to June 17.


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She said: “It takes place at an important time of the year, as it is during the Aldeburgh Festival, so there will already be a lot of activities going on in and around the town.

“This is the icing on the cake. We look forward to welcoming visitors and local people, especially the school children, to this prestigious event.”

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The sentiment was echoed by Robert Mabey, chairman of Aldeburgh Business Association, who said: “It is a brilliant for everyone within the community, from keen cyclists like myself through to all the businesses.

“It gives us the opportunity to raise the profile of Aldeburgh and show everyone what a quality destination this is. I’m sure this will give the town a real boost.”

Last year, Felixstowe hosted the start of stage three, won by the eventual overall race winner Marianne Vos.

TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member for customers, communities and leisure, said: “We have had a great response from the people of Aldeburgh, since we announced this news. The first stage finishing here will give a boost to this beautiful seaside town, bringing in extra tourism and raising the profile of both Aldeburgh and the entire district, while also encouraging people to have healthier lifestyles.

“I am sure the people of Aldeburgh, and those along the entire route, will turn out to support this exceptional event.”

This tour will run from June 17 to June 21, with highlights of the five stages shown daily on ITV4.

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