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Thousands turn out for first Tour of Cambridgeshire cycling event

More than 6,000 cyclists from all over the world have been in Cambridgeshire today for the county's first big cycling competition.

The Tour of Cambridgeshire started yesterday but the main event was today's 'gran fondo' - a mass participation race where elite amateur cyclists lined up alongside leisure riders to race along closed roads.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Dowsett faces anxious wait as Wiggins aims to take world record away from him

Alex Dowsett celebrates breaking the world record. Credit: PA

Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett will find out tonight whether he's still a world record holder.

The 26-year-old's one-hour record is under threat this evening at London's Olympic Velodrome from former Tour De France winner Bradley Wiggins.

Bradley Wiggins is aiming to take the record away from Dowsett. Credit: PA
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How many kilometres Dowsett covered in his successful world record bid.

Dowsett booked his place in the record books last month in Manchester when he covered just over 52 kilometres in 60 minutes.

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Tour of Britain to return to Norfolk and Suffolk

The Tour of Britain in Norwich in 2012. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Tour of Britain cycling race will return to Norfolk and Suffolk this autumn after a three-year absence.

The counties will host the penultimate stage which will take place on 12 September.

The 225km (139 mile) course will start at Fakenham Racecourse before heading to Norwich and eventually ending in Ipswich.

The route will also pass through Aylsham, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford among other towns and villages.

“In previous years the Tour of Britain has brought significant economic investment into Norfolk and proved to be a hugely popular event, so the race returning to the county is welcome news.

We are the only east of England stage and as well as giving a boost to Norfolk's profile and businesses, it may also lead to increased cycling among residents, with consequent health benefits."

– Paul Smyth, Norfolk County Council

Stage two of cycling's Women's Tour to run from Braintree to Clacton

Marianne Vos wins stage 5 in Bury St Edmunds last year. Credit: PA

More details have been announced about the route that'll be taken by the Women's Tour cycle race through Suffolk and Essex in June.

Some of the world's top female cyclists will be coming to our region to compete.

Day one, on June 17th, sees them race from Bury St Edmunds to Aldeburgh, while the next day the race starts in Braintree and finishes in Clacton.

Stage Two route (Thursday 18 June 2015)

  • Braintree
  • Sudbury
  • Hadleigh
  • East Bergholt
  • Manningtree
  • Clacton

Commonwealth Games: Essex cyclist Alex Dowsett strikes gold in Glasgow

England's Alex Dowsett has won gold in the Commonwealth Games. Credit: PA

England's Alex Dowsett has won gold in the Commonwealth Games cycling men's time trial.

The Essex rider was almost 10 seconds quicker than his closest competitor, Australia's Rohan Dennis.

In the woman's time trial, Norfolk cyclist Emma Pooley picked up a silver medal.

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Spectators told to "respect the environment" ahead of Tour de France

The Tour de France starts next week. Credit: PA

People are being told to "respect the environment" ahead of the start of the Tour de France.

The riders will pass through Cambridgeshire and Essex on Monday, with thousands of spectators expected to line the streets.

Those watching are being encouraged to enjoy the spectacle but also take steps to protect their surroundings such as taking rubbish home with them.

Tour de France: Video released to highlight potential dangers

The Tour de France starts next week. Credit: PA

A video has been released highlighting potential dangers ahead of next week's Tour de France cycle race setting off from Cambridge.

The race is one of the few sports where spectators can get so close, so people are being advised to watch a safety video featuring the 2013 winner, Chris Froome, before Monday's stage of the race.

Consultation into new Cambridge bridge begins

And artist's impression of the bridge.

A public consultation has begun on plans for a new £4m bridge in Cambridge.

It is hoped the bridge, which will link Abbey and Chesterton wards, will be used for about 3,000 bike and pedestrian journeys every day, helping to reduce congestion in the city.

It will provide an alternative route to get to the city's science business parks and the new railway station, and will link in with other cycle networks

There are three options as part of the bridge consultation.
Option two.
The third option for the bridge.

Aerial footage shows just how close pensioner was to causing Women's Tour of Britain pile-up

Aerial footage from ITV4's coverage of the inaugural Women's Tour of Britain has shown just how close a pensioner was to causing a huge pile-up in Essex on Friday.

The man on the mobility scooter decided to cross the road just 2km from the end of the third stage in Clacton, and was nearly involved in a collision with the onrushing peloton.

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