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World Class Cycling Event Coming Through Babergh
Thursday, January 16, 23.30
Many of the world’s top women cyclists will be whizzing through the Babergh countryside this summer.
The final stage of the Women’s Tour will start in Haverhill, weave its way through south Suffolk and finish at Felixstowe Docks. Cycling fans will see the professionals tackle the course on Saturday, June 13 with the finalised route due to be confirmed within days.
Derek Davis, Babergh’s cabinet member for communities, joined leading professional cyclist Sophie Wright from the Bigla Katusha team, race organisers, executives from Hutchison Ports, and council colleague from Mid-Suffolk, East Suffolk and Suffolk County Council, at the launch of the Women’s Tour on board COSCO Shipping Star, one of the world’s largest container ships, at Felixstowe docks.
“The Women’s Tour is a hugely popular, world class cycling event, which shines a positive light on the beauty of Babergh and indeed much of the Suffolk countryside,” said Cllr Davis.
“It not only brings economic benefits to the county but reinforces our message regarding being active and promoting health and well-being in the district.”
Race organiser Mick Bennett said: “Without the support of the likes of our partners in Suffolk we would not have The Women’s Tour today.
“We look forward to working with all our partners in Suffolk to make the final stage of this year’s Women’s Tour another incredible success and crowning the successor to Lizzie Deignan as champion in Felixstowe.”
The final stage on the Saturday will be climax of a week of racing starting on Monday June 8, and will be the seventh edition of the Women’s Tour in Suffolk.
James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention added: “The Women’s Tour has become a staple of our sporting calendar, here in Suffolk. This is the sixth time in the last seven years that we have hosted the race, and we are very excited that this year we will host the finishing stage of this prestigious international sporting event.
“It is particularly significant for me that the finish line will be in Felixstowe, as after serving as a Deck Officer on oil tankers, I worked here for a short time as a container ship loading master – albeit some 35 years ago.
“I have seen first-hand how The Women’s Tour and events like it inspire people to get involved in cycling events such as Women on Wheels and the wide array of activities the county has to offer.
“The Women’s Tour is always a much-celebrated event and I look forward to welcoming the tour back to Suffolk.”
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