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OVO Energy Women’s Cycle Race – Stage 1 Suffolk

2019 sees the Women’s cycling tour return to Suffolk for stage one. Ninety-six of the world’s best female riders will line up in Beccles on Monday 10th June to tackle a 157.6-kilometre (98-mile) route that will take in the northern and central parts of the county before finishing in Stowmarket. Fans watching the action unfold at the finish on Ipswich Street will benefit from seeing a field comprising Olympic, world and national champions pass through the line twice during the stage.

Discover the towns and villages along the cycle race will take in the video below:

‘Safety Bicycle’

The 1880s saw a shift from cycling from the few to the many with the invention of the ‘safety bicycle’ whose design can still be seen on bicycles today. The ‘safety bicycle’ was much more comfortable, faster and affordable. This new designed bicycle gave both men and women increased personal mobility and increased freedom. Notable Suffolk suffragist, Millicent Fawcett, was one of the progressive women who learned to ride during the cycling craze in the 1890s in Britain.

‘There is a new dawn, a dawn of emancipation, and it is brought about by the cycle.’

Louise Jeye, Lady Cyclist, August 1895

Cycling in Suffolk today

Suffolk is an outstanding county to cycle in, boasting a rich history and 2 areas of outstanding natural beauty [Suffolk Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale & Stour Valley], which you can discover. You can find several routes around Suffolk on Suffolk on Board and Discover Suffolk. You can also learn more about being road safe whilst cycling here.


Warwick University has a selection of Women’s cycling magazines 1896-97 available to download here.