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Essex/Suffolk: Top cyclist Emma Trott has sights set on Women’s Tour Series

17:50 12 March 2014

Emma Trott visits Clacton ahead of the Women

Emma Trott visits Clacton ahead of the Women's Tour coming to the town


One of Britain’s top road racing cyclists Emma Trott has been in Essex testing out the route for the first ever Women’s Tour.

Emma Trott with pupils from Clacton Coastal Academy at the launch in ClactonEmma Trott with pupils from Clacton Coastal Academy at the launch in Clacton

Emma is building up her training schedule and is looking to make a significant impact on the event from May 7-11. The Tour will take place over five stages, with Bury St Edmunds being the final push. Stage three and five will be making their way through parts of Suffolk.

Speakign about her excitement, Emma said: “The crowds for the Olympic cycle races in 2012 were awesome and we are all hoping that there is another fantastic turnout. The event is what all the girls are talking about, and have been for some time. Getting a race like this in Britain is just huge.”

While some of the route goes through her home county of Hertfordshire, Trott is keen to do her homework and suss out every single section of the race for herself and teammates. Stage three starts from Felixstowe seafront at 11am on May 9.

It will go through Brightwell, Little Bealings, Kesgrave, Ipswich, Freston then down into Essex via Manningtree, Great Oakley, Beaumont, Thorpe-le-Soken and Great Holland, finishing in Marine Parade, Clacton-on-Sea at about 1.20pm.

Stage five begins in Harwich at 10am on May 11 and it continues through Mistley and East Bergholt before returning to Suffolk via Hadleigh, Great Cornard, Sudbury, Long Melford, Lavenham, Great Finborough and Little Whelnetham, ending up in Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds at about 12.50pm.

Emma said: “There are fantastic riders in every team and it will be tough. I am really looking forward to the tour and this is an opportunity to put women’s cycling on the map.”

Eleven of the world’s top 14 professional women’s teams will be racing in May.

For more on the tour route, click here



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