This year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain route may not be heading to Suffolk, but cycling fans in the area do still have two upcoming major events to look forward to.

Next week (Wednesday 13 June) see the OVO Energy Women’s Tour get underway in the county with Stage One from Framlingham to Southwold.

Then just over two weeks later is the official sportive of the race, and there is still time to sign-up and enter.  If anyone has entered the Tour Ride sportives in the past, whether in Scotland, the Midlands, or Wales then they’ll know it’s a great experience and chance to meet new friends, while riding on roads as used by the professionals.

Taking place on Sunday 1 July there are 30 and 80 mile circular routes, both starting and finishing at Southwold, home of Adnams, which means there’ll be a free drink for everyone afterwards!

The routes combine roads that are being used on this year’s opening stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour with some that have been used in previous editions – for example the beautiful coastal route from Thorpeness to Aldeburgh – giving you a taste of what the world’s best will have raced on during Stage One.  Parts of the route also featured in last year’s men’s race, won by Caleb Ewan in Aldeburgh.

You can check out the two routes here, and sign-up to enter by clicking here.  Entry to either route is £35 with £5 from every entry going directly to Breast Cancer Care, the official charity of the event, and everyone gets a medal for finishing, as well as the chance to relax in the beautiful setting of Southwold afterwards.

For all the information about the event, click on the sportive page of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour website here.