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Route of Women's Tour cycle race through Suffolk and Essex revealed

The first-ever Women's Tour Cycle Race is coming to the Anglia region in May. Photo: The Women's Tour

The UK's first ever women's professional cycling tour is to be hosted by the East of England this spring.

The five-day international stage race will begin in the town of Oundle in Northamptonshire on Wednesday 7 May, then head through Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex to the finish line at Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk on Sunday 11 May.

Details of the Suffolk and Essex stages have been revealed.

The Felixstowe to Clacton section is on Friday 9 May starting at 11am. It is due to finish in Marine Parade Clacton at 1.21pm. The Harwich to Bury St Edmunds stage will start at 10am on Sunday 11 May and end on Angel Hill, Bury at 12.50pm.

Stage 3 - Friday 9 May 2014

  • Felixstowe
  • Brightwell
  • Little Bealings
  • Kesgrave
  • Ipswich
  • Freston
  • Manningtree
  • Great Oakley
  • Beaumont
  • Thorpe Le Soken
  • Great Holland
  • Clacton-on-Sea
Route of the Women's Tour through Suffolk and Essex on 9 May 2014 Credit: The Women's Tour

“Suffolk has long been a perfect match for our cycling events with the men’s Tour of Britain having been a regular visitor to the county along with The Tour Series city centre events in Ipswich, and nearby Colchester. It was the county’s enthusiasm for making Suffolk the most active county, the incredible spectator support we get and the spectacular scenery of Suffolk that made the county the perfect match for the race."

– Guy Elliott, The Women’s Tour/SweetSpot
Route of the Women's Tour through Suffolk and Essex on 11 May 2014 Credit: The Women's Tour

Stage 5 - Sunday 11 May 2014

  • Harwich
  • Mistley
  • East Bergholt
  • Great Cornard
  • Sudbury
  • Long Melford
  • Lavenham
  • Great Finborough
  • Little Welnethham
  • Bury St Edmunds

Details of the first two stages through Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire have already been announced.

Route of the Women's Tour through Northamptonshire on 7 May 2014 Credit: The Women's Tour
Route of the Women's Tour through Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Bedfordshire on 8 May 2014 Credit: The Women's Tour

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