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Norfolk’s section of its Tour of Britain stage is revealed for the first time

06:30 19 June 2015

Riders on the Tour of Britain power through the Norfolk village of Mattishall in 2012. Photograph Simon Parker

Riders on the Tour of Britain power through the Norfolk village of Mattishall in 2012. Photograph Simon Parker

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Towns, villages and communities are being urged to get behind the Tour of Britain as the full route of the Norfolk stage is revealed for the first time.

The UK’s biggest professional bicycle race will return to the county for the first time since 2012 on September 12.

As reported, the race will start at Fakenham Racecourse and will take in Reepham, Aylsham, Norwich, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford.

Now, as East Anglia bids farewell to this year’s Women’s Tour, the EDP can exclusively give details of the exact route the colourful peloton will take.

Villages including Guist, Bawdeswell, Hevingham, Horsford, Hethersett, Spooner Row and East Harling will all get to see the riders as they snake their way through the county as part of the 225km Norfolk and Suffolk stage.

The race, which marks the seventh and penultimate leg of this year’s Tour, will end in Ipswich.

Ben Jones, director of Active Norfolk, said: “We’re so excited that the Tour is coming back through, and taking in, so many parts of the county in September.

“It’s an amazing opportunity for us to show the rest of the world (who will all be tuning in on TV) what we already know; that Norfolk is a great place to live and to visit.

“The city, towns, villages and communities across the county always get right behind major events like the Tour of Britain and we can’t wait to see spectators lining the streets and getting involved in all the activities and other cycle-related events happening in addition to the race itself.”

The 2011 and 2012 editions of the UK’s most popular free-to-watch live sporting event brought an economic boost of more than £3m to Norfolk and Suffolk.

Its last visit to the two counties, which came shortly after the London 2012 Olympic Games, saw some 150,000 people line the streets to cheer on their cycling heroes.

Organisers hope, that with the ever-increasing popularity of cycling, people will turn out in those numbers yet again.

Richard Bearman, vice chair of the communities committee at Norfolk County Council, said: “This route will showcase Norfolk’s diversity, including the historic city of Norwich, its pretty villages and market towns and the stunning natural landscape.

“Children and adults from dozens of communities will have the chance to line the route and cheer on some of the world’s top cyclists as they race through their local streets, and get involved in activities and events being held to coincide with the Tour. In previous years we’ve had tremendous local support for this world-class sporting event and I hope this year is no different.”

Stuart Clancy, Broadland District Council’s portfolio holder for economic development, added: “It’s a great opportunity for residents along the route to see the riders close up. It’s amazing being there when they come past. The speed these elite athletes can achieve is fantastic.

“The riders might pass by in a matter of minutes but the festival atmosphere when everyone gets involved can make it a great day out for everyone.”

This year’s event is sponsored nationally by Aviva and has been brought to the region by Norfolk and Suffolk county councils, Active Norfolk, Adnams, district councils and Norwich City Council.

Teams set to take part in the Tour will be revealed closer to the time. Previous competitors have included Mark Cavendish and Sir Bradley Wiggins.

Keep up to date in your newspaper and on the Summer of Cycling section on our website.

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15 comments

  • Great to hear that Norfolk will be in the cycling spotlight once again. Let's hope that it encourages a few of those car-driving piggies to stretch their legs and get a little exercise for once. :)

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    BobBacklund

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • Oops was that crashing noise Csidewolf throwing his rattle Out of his pram! Cycling as a sport should be restricted to a velodrome, rather than occupying already overloaded local roads and causing danger and inconvenience to those who pay to use the roads for their intended purpose. Presumably the event will be charged for policing in the same way as Football, if not, why not. Has somebody on the council got a cycle shop!

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    Union Jack

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • I would like to watch this and again my council is splashing the cash to support this, what a pity that South Norfolk has not realised that the majority of us live a long way from the route and are fed up with the limited sporting budget being spent on a tiny part of the district.

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    JohnnyH

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • @MonkeyNuts...I was referring to doing battle with cyclists on the pavements. Had one wobbling behind me all the way along King St yesterday as I made myself as wide as possible. He didn't think once to just look to go onto the road just two feet to his right and use that instead. I guess some cyclists are just the folks that were not clever enough to pass their driving test. Watched another ride the wrong way past No.12 pub last night much to the delight of motorist going the right way. Time to start testing and licensing cyclists over the age of 15.

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • So Union Jack, have you been living under a rock for several years? Cycling is not a minority sport. How much is spent on traffic management & the policing of the minority sport of football? A lot of the traffic management & organising of cycling events is manned by volunteers! Different strokes for different folks. If you don't like watching cycling, button it! There are plenty of people that do!

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    Csidewolf

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • @Union Jack Minority Sport? You have no idea how huge Cycling is in this country, there were an estimated 12million spectators who turned out to watch the 2014 TDF when it started in the UK. You call that a minority sport???

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    Crazy

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • I am an "IT man" Pirana24" and you are lucky. The map does not enlarge on my system either by double clicking or anything. Copy> paste and > enlarge yes !

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    Responsible parent

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • So how much is the county spending on traffic management etc, for what is a minority sport, where spectators will cause traffic and parking chaos, all to watch cyclists go past for a whole minute. What is it with Norfolk and cycles? Surely support for a more popular sport would be better.

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    Union Jack

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • @Resident Smith I agree as it happens, but 1000s of people clearly enjoy enough to line the routes. "do battle with cyclists getting in my way at any time" two points, learn to share, you dont get priority over anyone. And campaign for cycle paths if you dont like them "getting in your way".

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    monkeynuts

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • Totally boring as a spectator event. Only worth it if watching on TV. But if you have three hours to waste for 15 seconds of action go right ahead. I can just walk round Norwich and do battle with cyclists getting in my way at any time.

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    Resident Smith

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • Really? I click on the map and it opens up a new tab with a bigger map. Not much of an IT Man are you?

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    Piranha24

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • @IT Man and @Only Me. those were my exact thoughts initially, but upon checking, the actual DETAILed route wont be released until July. So the headline of this article was, once again, misleading.

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    Crazy

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • My thoughts exactly IT Man, where's this detail of which they speak?

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    Only Me

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • If the route is revealed in detail, why does our trusty local rag choose not to give us such detail! Just a map which will not enlarge and a brief list of villages is not detail. Could have been reported far better.

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    IT Man

    Friday, June 19, 2015

  • I like cycling, but watching one of these races is no spectacle, blink and they are gone.

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    Twig Stevens

    Friday, June 19, 2015

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