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The Aviva Women’s Tour is coming to Southwold!

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Lizzy Armistead winsYour guide to where to go and what’s happening. When: Wednesday 15th June 2016 from 08:30 in the morning Where: Start line is near to Southwold Pier Race starts: 10:00 Best places to watch: Along North Parade, Southwold High Street, Mights Bridge Parking in Southwold: There will be road closures along the route so please arrive in good time. If you’re arriving by car, parking is available on the Common and extra parking will be available near to the old firestation at Mights Bridge. North Parade, St James’ Terrace, St James Green and Cumberland Road will be closed and not available for parking from 11pm on Tuesday 14 June until 11.59pm on Wednesday 15 June. The Pier car park will close from 3pm on 14 June and is expected to reopen at approximately 1.30pm on 15 June. Latest travel details can be found here. Adnams has been a partner of the Tour of Britain and Tour Series since 2011 and a partner of the Women’s Tour since its inception in 2014. Guests at the Women’s Tour VIP hospitality for all three events in 2016 will be able to enjoy a range of Adnams beers and wines. Wednesday will see 96 of the world’s best female cyclists arrive in Southwold to begin the first of five stages across Britain. The teams will ride out from just south of Southwold Pier via Reydon to the A12 where the peloton heads out to Brampton, Halesworth and to Lowestoft via the A145. From Lowestoft the riders head inland to Bungay and Harleston then Attleborough and on to Norwich for the finish. Click here for the stage one route map.

Southwold Women’s Tour timings

Adnams 'bang-bang' sticksVIP hospitality opens: 08:15 Teams arrive: 08:30 Forward vehicles and children’s lead-out departs from the Pier: 09:50 Riders assemble on the start line: 09:55 Start of Stage One: 10:00 The race ride-out will start from just south of the Pier and travel along North Parade, turn right on to St James’ Terrace, past the Sole Bay Inn and through the Adnams Brewery yard under the The Swan Hotel carriageway to turn right on to Southwold High Street. The riders will proceed through Southwold, over Mights Bridge and pass through Reydon and the Hen Reedbeds over Wolsey Bridge to the official timed start approaching the A12. They then head out to Norwich via Lowestoft. Click here for a map of the route in Southwold. The Adnams Beach Hut will be near to the start line where you can pick up your free Adnams Bang-Bang sticks.

The Finish

Bunch sprintThe race should arrive at the finish line on St Peter’s Street near the City Hall in Norwich from around 13:30. Presentations of stage winner and leaders’ jerseys should take place around 14:15. The Adnams events tuck will be at the Millennium Plain near to the Forum in Norwich where we’ll be serving Adnams beers, wines and spirits from around noon onwards. You can pick up your free Adnams Bang-Bang sticks from the bar so that you can make lots of noise to encourage the riders over the finish line. Best places to watch in Norwich: Market Avenue, Redwell Street, St Andrews Plain, Gaol Hill, St Peters Street (the finish).

Best Pubs to enjoy a pint and a good view along Stage One

The Sole Bay Inn, East Green, Southwold (there will be bacon rolls available from 10am). The World’s End, Mulbarton The Rumsey Wells, St Andrews Street, Norwich You can download the overview map and profile of Stage One here. You can also download the full ETA list for throughout Stage 1, which includes the start time and estimated finish times from the Women's Tour website. You can also follow the action on twitter and on facebook #AvivaWT2016 If you can’t make it, then you can follow all the action by watching the highlights on ITV 4.


Sarah Groves