Suffolk stage partners have proudly unveiled the three exceptional winners in their Tour of Britain jersey design competition.

Organised to celebrate stage five of this year’s Tour, which starts and finishes in Felixstowe on Thursday 7 September, the competition was split into three categories: under-12s, 12 – 17 years, and 18 years and above.

The winners, chosen by panel including Dan Martin, a former Grand Tour stage victor and Tour of Britain race ambassador, were as follows:

  • Under-12s: Ayla Tuffaha
  • 12 – 17s: Rebecca Sinden
  • Over-18s: Paul Calvesbert-Rearden

 

All three winning designs will be professionally made and presented to the creators on the podium on race day.

Quotes

Dan Martin, Tour of Britain race ambassador, said: “It was an honour to be involved in the judging of this competition and to see just how well the tour has captured the imagination of people.”

Ayla Tuffaha, under-12s winner, said: “I’m super happy that my design got chosen. I love art and sport, so I am very excited to be able to watch the cyclists up close and see my design as a real jersey.”

Rebecca Sinden, 12-17s winner, said: “This competition was a great way to incorporate both [her love of art and sport], which is why I’m glad I entered and my design was chosen”.

Paul Calvesbert-Rearden, a teacher at SET Ixworth School in Bury and over-18s winner, said: “I am so happy to have won in this category. My students were really keen to help me finalise my submission so they are going to be equally thrilled with the outcome.”