The world’s best cycling teams will travel to Suffolk and Essex later this year to compete in the UK’s most prestigious women’s race.
Colchester and Clacton will host the penultimate stage of the Women’s Tour, which will see elite runners racing from historic Castle Town to the Essex Sunshine Coast on Friday 8 October. And then the next day, the last stage goes from Haverhill to Felixstowe.
The Women’s Tour is no stranger to the region, with Southwold, Framlingham, Aldeburgh, Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Stowmarket among those who have seen stages of the race in recent years.
Reprogrammed from its traditional position on the June calendar due to the Covid pandemic, this year’s race will once again attract a field of stars, with the nine UCI Women’s WorldTour first division teams having confirmed their participation.
These include SD Worx, the number one team in the world, and the teams of four of the previous overall winners of the race: Trek-Segafredo (Lizzie Deignan, 2019 champion), Team DSM (Coryn Rivera, 2018 champion ), Canyon SRAM Racing (Kasia Niewiadoma, 2017 champion) and Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Lisa Brennauer, 2015 winner).
British interest is manifested in the form of AWOL O’Shea, CAMS-Basso Bikes – both debutants on the Women’s Tour – and Drops-Le Col s / b TEMPUR.
This year will mark Drops’ fifth appearance in the event, while the Essex-based CAMS team will be home for the fourth and fifth stages of the race (Shoeburyness in Southend on Thursday 7 October and Colchester and Clacton-on -Sea Friday October 8).
Paul Dundas, Head of Colchester Borough Council, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to put Colchester on the world stage and I am sure residents, schools, businesses and visitors will come together by the thousands. to encourage them throughout the borough. “
The full list of teams participating in the Women’s Tour 2021 is:
Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)
AWOL O’Shea (Great Britain)
CAMS-Basso Bikes (Great Britain)
Canyon SRAM Racing (Germany)
Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling (Germany)
· Drops-The Col s / b TEMPUR. (Britain)
Futuroscope FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine (France)
Liv Racing (Netherlands)
Movistar team (Spain)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (Netherlands)
SD Worx (Netherlands)
Team BikeExchange (Australia)
DSM Team (Germany)
TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank team (USA)
Trek-Segafredo (United States)
Valcar-Travel & Service (Italy)