There’s only a 100 days to go until the start of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain and Kesgrave High School in Suffolk has helped kick start the promotion for Stage Six.

Stage One of the Tour starts in Edinburgh on Sunday 3 September, with Suffolk is gearing up for the arrival of Stage Six on Friday 8 September.

The 183km stage travels entirely within Suffolk for the first time, starting from Newmarket and travelling east to finish in Aldeburgh. Sponsored by Suffolk based brewer Adnams, the Suffolk stage promises plenty of challenges for the riders.

Suffolk Coastal is to host the stage Finish on Aldeburgh’s High Street in partnership with Suffolk County Council who have brought the stage to Suffolk.

Building on the success of the Women’s Tour, which headed to the area in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Suffolk Coastal hopes the arrival of the national event will inspire greater leisure, activity and health opportunities for east Suffolk, which is reflected in the Council’s Business Plan.

Now with just over three months to go, communities throughout the county are creating a buzz to show their support for this special event.

Among the schools welcoming the world’s top riders as a part of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain along the route, is Kesgrave High School who are well known for their love of cycling, and proudly hold the record for having the more pupils cycling to school than any other in the country!

According to a recent sustainable transport survey, over 61% of pupils travel to school by bicycle everyday, taking advantage of the many cycle paths and plentiful storage at the school.

Tim Legg, Deputy head teacher at Kesgrave High School, said: “As a school which actively promotes cycling amongst its young people we’re incredibly excited to see the Tour fly past our school gates!

“Students loved the experience of the Women’s Tour and it is fantastic to see top class athletes up close. Cycling pays a huge part in the life of the school and community so anything we can do to inspire the next generation of cyclists is hugely important to us.”

Andy Jarvis, Strategic Director for Suffolk Coastal District Council, said: “With 100 days to go until the Tour, it’s fantastic to see young people leading the way to promote cycling as the most popular method of travel.

“Unlike many other sports, cycling is so accessible to everybody and offers a once in a lifetime opportunity for young people and anyone interested in taking up the sport the chance to see athletes on their doorstep.

“Throughout the Women’s Tours, Kesgrave gave amazing support and we hope once again, their enthusiasm will inspire the wider community get behind this exceptional event.

“Their support importantly also reflects our Business Plan’s ambitions to build on the success of the Women’s Tours to inspire more people to get involved in sport and encourage healthy living.”

Abdul Razaq the Director of Public Health at Suffolk County Council said “We know from past experience the excitement and interest that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will generate in communities across the county from September this year.

“It is great to see so many pupils from Kesgrave High school helping to mark 100 days to go to the start of the Tour.

“Cycling provides a great way to be physically activity and we hope the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will inspire many more residents to get on their bikes and help to make Suffolk England’s most active county”

Emma Hibbert, Marketing Director of Adnams, said: “100 days until The Tour gets under way means 100 days to get excited about what the event will bring to our home county of Suffolk.

“Here at Adnams we’re delighted to welcome a world-class sporting spectacle like the OVO Energy Tour of Britain to our doorstep. We hope the event inspires everyone to get out on their bike this summer, maybe stopping for lunch at one of our county’s charming pubs along the way!”

Suffolk Coastal will be promoting its Get Active in Suffolk Coastal in the Sports Village at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June.

Over the two days, visitors have the chance to take part in a 30-metre cycle sprint for the OVO Energy Tour of Britain, find out more about our Leisure Redevelopment Programme, take part in competitions, get plenty of freebies!

Kesgrave High School pupils