CYCLE-MANIA is set to sweep across Tendring tomorrow as the world’s top women cycle aces pedal into town.
Fans are gearing up for the district to host two days of the prestigious Women’s Tour bike race, which will attract worldwide TV audiences.
The five-day event starts on Wednesday and the third stage finishes in Clacton on Friday. Stage five starts in Harwich on Sunday.
Cycling fans are expected to flock to the area from around the UK and abroad for the race, which sees British cyclists Laura Trott, Joanna Rowsell and Lizzie Armitstead up against the likes of Marianne Vos, Emma Johansson and Evelyn Stevens.
Tendring tourism boss Mark Platt has called on the district’s residents to get behind British rider Emma Trott and support her Dutch Boels Dolmans team by wearing orange and black.
Emma, 24, the older sister of Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott, was in Clacton last month to help launch the two stages which pass through Tendring.
***Route Stage 3 (Friday)***: The riders will cover 86.8km (54 miles) during stage three. It start in Felixstowe at 11am and will enter Tendring at 12.14pm. 12.14pm Manningtree, 12.16pm Lawford, 12.17pm Bradfield (Steam Mill Road), 12.25pm Wix, 12.31pm Great Oakley, 12.35pm Stones Green, 12.39pm Beaumont cum Moze, 12.46pm Thorpe, 12.53pm Kirby le Soken, 12.56pm Kirby Cross, 12.57pm Great Holland, 13.06pm Great Clacton (Thorpe Road), 13.09pm Great Clacton (St Johns Road), 13.12pm Bockings Elm, 13.14pm Jaywick Lane, 13.17pm Clacton (West Road), 13.21pm West Greensward, Clacton (finish fine) .