This year’s Women’s Tour champion will be crowned in Suffolk following a day of racing between Haverhill and Felixstowe (155 kilometres). A characteristic scenic route through the county will take the peloton past the Melford Hall stately home and through Sudbury before passing along the runaway at Wattisham Flying Station. The route also includes Stowmarket, Wickham Market and Woodbridge, all of which have featured in historic Women’s Tour stages in the county, before heading south towards the finish line adjacent to the beach in Felixstowe.
This stage was actually set to be a part of last year’s Women’s Tour prior to its postponement owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and was initially unveiled at the Port of Felixstowe in January 2020. Haverhill is new to the Women’s Tour while Felixstowe – which appeared in inaugural edition of the race seven years ago – will host its first stage finish.
As this is the last stage I would most definitely want to be at the finish line, but that doesn’t mean I want to miss the action earlier on in the stage, and so I would try and stand at either the first QOM or the first Sprint and then drive over to the finish to be there when the pros arrive and the Winner is crowned!
The Stage 6 timetable will give you a good idea of when the riders will be coming by. As this stage is quite long at 155km it is more than possible to get to the finish line before the riders do, so it’s definitely worth it!
Would you be interested in heading south for the winter and taking Deets on a longer trip to seek out the Southern European sun? Experiencing van life for yourself, maybe a change of scenery and time to work from Campervan for a few weeks with our Europe wide capable wifi/4G system.
If so, get in touch, we can make Deets available for a longer term rental ideal for heading south.
One of the best things for a camper like Deets is to keep on moving, especially during the winter months and so for any long term booking during January, February & March we are offering special rates to keep her moving. For bookings over 3 weeks we can offer 30-35% discounts on the day/week rate. Longer bookings will attract a greater discount.
From our location near the New Forest on the south coast, it is a short drive to any one of the international ferry ports to the continent. Even before leaving the UK, the first decision is needed, do you head south & west, (take the ferry from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Northern Spain) or south & east (take the ferry from Portsmouth, Newhaven or Dover to France)
So what will it be? Ferry to Northern Spain and then a cross-country road trip to the Andalusian region on the southern Mediterranean coast or ferry to France and then head south to Mediterranean and along the Amalfi coastline to Southern Italy and Sicily or maybe off the beaten track to the ‘heel’ of Italy, or take your time and do the full coast either way.
Over the last few weeks I have been testing out the MaxView ROAM 4G/5G antenna and WIFI router system in Deets. I had been using a 4G MIFI dongle but found that the connection could be very unstable, especially when connected to my laptop. So on a recent trip to the Peak District I took along the supplied Antenna and Cellular router from MaxView (https://maxview.co.uk/product/roam-mobile-3g-4g-wi-fi-system/) to test if it made any difference.
Stage 3 is a very exciting stage as it will be an individual time trial. Each rider will race against the clock over the 16.6km/10 mile course. The beauty of an individual time trial is that the riders will be setting off in 1 minute intervals and so there will be someone to watch every minute. The pros will cover the 10 mile course in around 20 minutes or so and it will be the first individual time trial after the UCI time trial women’s world championship, so the rainbow stripes will be on the newly-crowned world champion.
Walsall will welcome the Women’s Tour, the world’s leading international women’s cycle race, for the first time in 2021.
Stage two will start at the Walsall Arboretum, the area’s famous Victorian park, and culminate with a finish on Lichfield Street in the heart of the town and in front of the Walsall Town Hall. There will be lots to watch on the 10-kilometre clockwise circuit around Hayhead Woods, Barr Beacon nature reserve and Pool Green that will be tackled 10 times.
The Tour de France is in full swing, but have you heard of the Tour of Britain?
This September and October we will see the professional peloton in the UK with the men racing from Sun, 5 Sept 2021 to Sun, 12 Sept 2021 and the women from Mon, 4 Oct 2021 to Sat, 9 Oct to give us 2 thrilling weeks of intense racing. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 edition of these stage races across Britain were cancelled and so we wait with even more anticipation.
Riders such as Bradley Wiggins, Steve Cummings and the current world champion Julian Alaphilippe have all taken home the victor’s green jersey and this edition is bound to have some big names.
It just so happens that Deets is available for the the final few stages of the men’s race and the entirety of the women’s!!
For our own bike adventures we fitted Deets with her new bike rack that can take any 2 bikes, including e-bikes. The rack is easy to use and has a swinging function to allow access to the rear doors of the van. As cyclist enthusiasts ourselves, we know and love the incredible atmosphere of standing at the side of the road as the caravan of team cars and support vehicles rush by, clearing the road for the pros. And then the breakaway of 5 or 6 riders, who have been struggling for a 100k, speed past as the peloton bares down on them.