Twenty amateur riders, including local councillors, business leaders, and Felixstowe Mayor Seamus Bennett took to the saddle on Friday (18 August) to get a feel for the Suffolk stage of this year’s Tour of Britain.

The mini-peloton completed a 40-kilometres ride to sample the stunning Suffolk countryside, starting from Snape Maltings through to the stage finish line on Sea Road in Felixstowe. They were accompanied by guest rider Oscar Pratt, from Saint Piran Pro Cycling Team, one of only two domestic teams lining up for the race.

In total, the ride took around two hours, following which participants were relieved to tuck into a hearty recovery lunch!

Stage five is supported by a range of high-profile businesses in the county, including Scottish Power and Ipswich-based Motion Mapping.

Riders tackling the stage five route in Suffolk

Photo: riders passing through Martlesham

 

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Karen Chapman, Suffolk Growth partnership manager, said: “The countdown to the Tour is on! With Suffolk hosting stage five the county is set to benefit from a significant economic boost. Suffolk Growth are proud to be working on this year’s Tour.”

Seamus Bennett, Felixstowe Mayor, said: “I had a brilliant day riding part of the stage five route. It is so exciting that this unique event is starting and finishing in Felixstowe, and I hope that the whole community will get behind and support the biggest free spectator event coming to our county.

“I think we are hosting it brilliantly and showcasing our country lanes and coastline, and demonstrating that we are an active place to live.”

Councillor David Busby, Babergh District Council leader, said: “The Tour of Britain is one of the biggest free spectator events coming to our area, and it is a great opportunity for our communities to gather together and watch some of the world’s best athletes in action. I would encourage everyone who can to get involved in this momentous occasion.”

Councillor Andy Mellen, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council, said: “With just under three weeks until the Tour of Britain makes its way back to Suffolk, the countdown is well and truly on! I am looking forward to watching the race alongside many local residents – it will be a great showcase for our fantastic district.”

Photo: the ride finished in the shadows of Felixstowe’s new Ferris wheel

Ed Rees, ScottishPower Renewables East Anglia THREE Community Liaison Officer, said: “What an amazing experience to be part of the mini-peloton for this Tour of Britain experience and showcase ScottishPower Renewables’ support for the Suffolk stage of the prestigious race on Thursday 7 September.

“Our Suffolk offshore wind farms, which are at the heart of our UK offshore wind operations, will not only help power a cleaner and greener future for us all, but they also ensure we will be part of the Suffolk community for decades to come.

“Supporting the Tour of Britain is a great way to celebrate our role within the local community and all that this wonderful county has to offer. I can’t wait to see the world’s top cyclists take to the roads across the county and everyone coming out to cheer them on, with ScottishPower Renewables supporting them all the way!”

Stuart Harris, Motion Mapping creative director, said: “This has been another fantastic opportunity to engage with other local businesses and highlight the arrival of the Tour in Suffolk. The engagement and enthusiasm from all involved was a great preview to the Tour of Britain.”