'Disappointment' as Women's Tour cycling race with final stage from Haverhill to Felixstowe postponed due to coronavirus
A prestigious cycling race which will bring the world’s top female riders to Suffolk this year has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Organiser SweetSpot Group is working with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and British Cycling to re-arrange the Women’s Tour for later this year and has requested alternate race dates of October 4 to 9 from the sport’s governing body.
It is working with all the regional stakeholders in the 2021 Women’s Tour to accommodate them within the re-arranged race.
Mick Bennett, race director, said: "We are obviously disappointed to be postponing the Women’s Tour from June but hope that by aiming to stage the race in October we can give the teams and public something to look forward to at the tail end of the summer."
Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council cabinet member for public health and prevention, said: "Whilst it is disappointing to hear that the race has been postponed until later in the year, I can completely understand why this decision has been taken by the race organiser SweetSpot.
This will give us something to look forward to, and no doubt all our local communities and businesses will be as supportive and celebratory as ever, if not more - Cllr Letitia Smith
"The council fully supports their decision given the challenging situation with coronavirus in the UK at present.
"The health and safety of all communities, competitors and partners involved in a such well-attended public event must be the priority and we look forward to putting on a fantastic spectacle with SweetSpot and all our partners later in the year."
Cllr Letitia Smith, East Suffolk Council’s cabinet member for communities, tourism and leisure, added: "We completely support the decision to postpone the Women’s Tour until later in the year.
"This continues to be a challenging time, and it goes without saying that the health and wellbeing of participants, spectators and – of course – people in general remains the number one priority.
"This will give us something to look forward to, and no doubt all our local communities and businesses will be as supportive and celebratory as ever, if not more."
The postponement follows the announcement that SweetSpot is working with Eurosport and the Global Cycling Network to produce live TV coverage of the race for the first time in 2021.