Ipswich: One week until tour series arrives in town, bringing some of the biggest names in British cycling

Tanya Griffiths leads the pack at Colchester

Tanya Griffiths leads the pack at Colchester - Credit: Archant

Professional cyclists will be racing through the streets of Ipswich this week.

The grand finale of the 2013 Pearl Izumi Tour Series is being held in the town on Friday with thousands of people expected to line the streets.

Three separate races, including a new 12-pro rider contest dubbed the Suffolk Most Active County Sprint Challenge, and a race between amateur teams from local business will be held between 3pm and 9pm.

The course starts and finishes on the Cornhill and passes through Westgate Street, Museum Street, Princes Street, along Buttermarket to Upper Brook Street and back along Tavern Street.

Bryony Rudkin, Ipswich Borough Council’s culture portfolio holder, said: “It’s going to be a great summer for the town with high-profile events like the Tour Series helping to make Ipswich an increasingly popular tourist destination.

“Cycling is attracting bigger audiences than ever as well as inspiring more people out on their bikes.”

The Tour Series brings with it Britain’s top professional teams and cyclists. Ten teams, consisting of five riders, will go head-to-head in a team time trial and a fast-paced circuit race.