Partners across Suffolk have today launched a special competition offering children the chance to design a jersey that will be presented to the winner of the Tour of Britain’s fifth stage that takes place in the county.

Are you a budding designer? Are you creative? Do you love cycling? Then this is the competition for you!

Winners will receive two hospitality tickets for the finish in Felixstowe on Thursday 7 September, a jersey in their design to keep and the opportunity to present their winning entry on the podium.

There will be three winners in total from three age categories – under 12, 12-17, and 18 and over.

A selection of six entries (two per age group) will be shortlisted by a panel of judges and published on social media for the public to vote for their favourites.

Among the judges will be former Grand Tour stage winner, Dan Martin, who is now race ambassador for the Tour of Britain.

Suffolk children can enter by downloading the jersey template at the Taste of the Tour website, designing their jersey either by hand or digitally, and uploading them via the form on the website by Friday 7 July.

Full terms and conditions can be found on the Taste of the Tour website, along with guidelines for competition entrants.

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Dan Martin, Tour of Britain race ambassador, said: “Competitions like this are a great way to get communities involved in the Tour of Britain and for someone to ultimately have the unique opportunity to present their design on the finish podium.

“I am looking forward to seeing the creativity of fans in Suffolk and playing a part in deciding which jerseys will be brought to life for the Tour of Britain in September.”

Caroline Topping, East Suffolk Council leader, said: “We can’t wait to welcome the world’s elite cyclists back to the East Suffolk coast this September – and this design competition gives young creatives the chance to be part of the race itself.

“We all know what the district has to offer as a place to live, work and visit, and hosting the Tour gives us the chance to showcase its appeal on a global stage.

“I hope that being close to the action will not only encourage more people to embrace cycling for transport and exercise, but also inspire future generations to take on new challenges and realise their ambitions.”

David Busby, Babergh District Council leader, said: “Our beautiful district would make fine inspiration for any designs our residents submit to this competition. With less than 100 days until the tour returns to our streets, this is the perfect opportunity for Babergh and all of Suffolk to get creative and have the opportunity to see their work on the Tour of Britain stage.”

Andy Mellen, Mid Suffolk District Council leader said: “The Tour of Britain and Women’s Tour are fantastic events with a great legacy in Suffolk, providing a boost to our tourist industry and encouraging even more people to consider sustainable travel options or stay active on their bikes. I’m excited to see the designs our residents produce for this year’s jerseys and for the best riders in the world to return to our roads in 2023.”

Andrew Reid, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Public Protection, said: “Suffolk County Council is delighted to support this competition, which provides a real opportunity for any budding designers in our county to showcase their creativity. With VIP tickets up for grabs, along with the chance to present your winning design on the podium, it’s not to be missed!”

Karen Chapman, of the Suffolk Growth Partnership, said: “The Tour of Britain provides an amazing opportunity for Suffolk residents, businesses and communities to experience the UK’s, and indeed one of the world’s, foremost cycling events. We are keen to expand this experience beyond race day and enable wider engagement through a series of events. The jersey design competition will showcase Suffolk’s creative talents and give the winners a unique chance to join the event as a VIP.”