Riders and organisers have marked 100 days to go until the Friends Life Women’s Tour, by officially launching the opening stage in Suffolk. To celebrate the announcement, Pearl Izumi Sports Tours International riders Katie Curtis and Gabriella Shaw joined organisers and partners from Suffolk in Bury St Edmunds.
The 110.2-kilometre, (68.5mile), leg will be entirely within Suffolk passing through five Boroughs and Districts – St Edmundsbury, Mid Suffolk, Babergh, Ipswich and Suffolk Coastal – with an expected finish around 14:15 on Wednesday 17 June. Heading east from Bury St Edmunds, the opening stage will take in Stowmarket, Ipswich, Woodbridge Saxmundham, and Leiston, before the final run in to Aldeburgh along the coast south from Thorpeness, with the finish on the Market Cross.
Two sprints will take place during the stage at Kesgrave, outside Kesgrave High School, and a second to be confirmed location. Riders will also tackle two Queen of the Mountain climbs at Hemmingstone, north of Ipswich, and at Snape, home to the world famous Concert Hall which is operated by Aldeburgh Music .
“In 100 days Suffolk will be host to the world’s top teams and female riders for the opening stage of the Friends Life Women’s Tour, with some beautiful scenery and a great location”, said Race Director Mick Bennett.
Having hosted the final stage of the first ever Friends Life Women’s Tour in May 2014, Bury St Edmunds now welcomes the opening stage in June 2015, starting off from where the inaugural race finished.
Highlights of the Friends Life Women’s Tour will once again be screened every evening by ITV4. Details of the remaining stages of the 2015 Friends Life Women’s Tour will be announced over the coming weeks, along with further details about sponsors and the 16 teams from around the world competing.