Norfolk Cycling Team @ UK National Cycling Champs

Yesterday I was out at the feed zone two in Holkham Estate, helping out some good friends at DAP cycling, who were racing in the UK National Champs.
Swapping the camera for several musettes!

Knowing the roads well, I did manage to get ahead of the race on a couple of occasions and shoot some images (packed the 70-200 in the car just in case)

Joining the local DAP riders were a host of household names, including Mark Cavendish MBE, Ian Stannard and eventual winner Ben Swift.
in 25-degree heat, over 180 of the UKs best cycling talent took to the winding country lanes and wind-stricken roads of Norfolk for a true test of grit and endurance over the 125 mile route.
Reigning champion, Connor Swift (Team Arkea-Samsic), was back to defend his title, but he faced competition from 2016 champion Adam Blythe (Lotto Soudal), 2013 winner and former world champion Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data) plus 2012 national champion Ian Stannard.

From the start, some of the large UCI teams began driving the pace, gradually thinning out the field, with attacks happening on a regular basis.
The journey from the coast, back through Wroxham and towards home was a telling point, with attack after attack, eventually seeing Ben Swift roll through the tight city centre corners to win the British road race title in some style.
Two of the DAP riders finished in extremely good company, with Andrew Taylor coming in 54th and Harley Matthews a credible 83rd.

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Tour of Britain comes to Norfolk

A rather wet and soggy start to the day in Fakenham, as the Tour of Britain rolled into town for the penultimate stage of the British road racing tour.

Crowds lined the roads in Norfolk to welcome some of the best cyclists in the world, as they rode through the Norfolk & Suffolk flat lands, leading to a wonderful spring finish in Ipswich.

Women’s cycling on the rise

Last week I met Velosure Starley Primal rider Tanya Griffiths to discuss her rise in women’s cycling and the Women’s Tour coming to Suffolk….full feature will be in Suffolk magazine in June…

“The Helicopter hovers above, making steady progress towards the crowds lining the street. Police motorbikes whiz by in a flurry of activity, cars decked out with colourful logos, packed with sponsors and dignitaries hurry past, shortly followed by the bright red Commissaire Car. All of sudden the lead group of cyclists come into view and in a moment have passed. The peloton is closing the gap, cheers and shouts of encouragement travel alongside the cyclists as the crowd begins to swell, with a gush of air, the whiz of carbon fiber wheels and a splash of colour the race has come and gone in a flash. Welcome to the world of cycle racing.

The Women’s Tour of Britain not only returns to our beautiful county, but comes back for the opening stage of what is to become an even bigger and better stage race. The racing gets underway on June 17th, with over 100 of the top cyclists in the world departing from Bury St Edmunds, following the country lanes and picturesque landscape of Suffolk to the seaside and a sprint finish in the town centre of Aldeburgh.
Women’s cycle racing is finally getting the attention it deserves, proving it is part of the sport cycling fans throughout the world want to see.
Discussing women’s cycle racing in Suffolk and there is only one person to talk to, Tanya Griffiths, the young Suffolk based elite level cyclist. Having just returned from riding two Belgian Spring Classics for her new team Velosure Starley Primal she is in good spirits and looking forward to the season ahead”………….