Felixstowe: Resort gears up for arrival of national Women’s Tour race

Andy Briggs, Friends Life Group Chief Executive, with Olympic Gold Medal medallist and triple world champion, Dani King, (R) and double World Junior Road Race Champion, Lucy Garner, (L) to announce Friends Life's sponsorship of the inaugural Women's Tour, stage three of which sets out from Felixstowe on May 9. Andy Briggs, Friends Life Group Chief Executive, with Olympic Gold Medal medallist and triple world champion, Dani King, (R) and double World Junior Road Race Champion, Lucy Garner, (L) to announce Friends Life's sponsorship of the inaugural Women's Tour, stage three of which sets out from Felixstowe on May 9.

Richard Cornwell richard.cornwell@archant.co.uk
Friday, April 25, 2014
5:24 PM

Two Ipswich sporting heroes will be taking centre stage at an event to help promote and celebrate Felixstowe’s involvement in the first ever Women’s Tour national cycling race.

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Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor, who is taking part in An Evening with ... at Felixstowe to help promote the Women's Tour cycling race.Telemark skier Jasmin Taylor, who is taking part in An Evening with ... at Felixstowe to help promote the Women's Tour cycling race.

Louise Jukes and Jasmin Taylor will be joined by Helen Wyman for the special “Evening with ...” event on Tuesday, April 29 at The Alex in Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, as the trio tell their inspiring stories and answer questions from the audience.

Louise represented Great Britain in handball at the 2012 Olympics and was instrumental in the setting up of Ipswich Handball Club, while Jasmin represents Britain in Telemark Skiing, is currently ranked number one for Great Britain and seventh in the world, and is the 2014 British Champion.

Helen Wyman is a two-time European and eight-time British cyclo-cross champion and will be participating in the Women’s Tour, which comes to Felixstowe for the start of stage three on May 9.

Tickets for the “Evening with ...” can be booked at The Alex on 01394 288002. There will be a raffle on the night with prizes including places at the VIP tour breakfast at Felixstowe, places in the tour convoy, and a tour of the National Cycling Centre

Excitement is gearing up at Felixstowe, which on the stage day will also host a King and Queen of the Hill beat the incline event, and a Women in Sport Festival, with fun events for children of all ages across a wide range of sports.

World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos will be taking part in the race, as will be world number one Emma Johansson and current leader of the UCI World Cup and British Champion Lizzie Armitstead.

Friends Life has been announced as the title sponsor of the race.

Hugh Roberts, chief executive of organisers SweetSpot said: “Securing the support of such an established blue chip organisation, will raise the profile of not only women’s cycling but women’s sport in general.”

3 comments

  • Oh, and whilst we're about it, please take care with your endowment policy. Friends Life used to be called Friends Provident. Draw your own conclusions.

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • Please be careful that the competitiors don't get parking tickets. Remember the jobsworths who issued tickets to exhibitors at last year's Art on the Prom. The enthusiasm for this admirable event can easily be dampened if there are adverse effects from poor or non-existent planning.

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    cwayconslt

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

  • I expect that they'll have to cover up the NO CYCLING signs along the promenade (temporarily only) or just issue letters giving special dispensation to competitors?

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    John Shirley

    Saturday, April 26, 2014

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