Saffron Walden cyclists team up to watch Tour of Britain race through region

PUBLISHED: 19:17 12 September 2017 | UPDATED: 19:17 12 September 2017

Dave Bysouth, Jane Evans,Donna Dale, Tom Ryan, Colin Ward and Helen Stalker prepare for a 7.30am start from Bicicletta to ride to Newmarket. Photo: CELIA BARTLETT

Dave Bysouth, Jane Evans,Donna Dale, Tom Ryan, Colin Ward and Helen Stalker prepare for a 7.30am start from Bicicletta to ride to Newmarket. Photo: CELIA BARTLETT

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Members of Saffron Walden’s cycling community set off for a particularly special ride last week, as the Tour of Britain made its way through the region.

Donna Dale, Jonathan Goodwin, Jane Evans, Colin Ward, Tom Ryan, Dave Bysouth and Helen Stalker waiting at the line for the start of stage six of the Tour of Britain. Photo: CELIA BARTLETTDonna Dale, Jonathan Goodwin, Jane Evans, Colin Ward, Tom Ryan, Dave Bysouth and Helen Stalker waiting at the line for the start of stage six of the Tour of Britain. Photo: CELIA BARTLETT

Cyclists from Bicicletta Coffee con Velo café, Walden Velo and Newdales came together on September 8 to watch the race head through Newmarket.

Cycling has boomed in Saffron Walden since the Tour de France passed through the town in 2014 – an event which saw thousands line the streets in a bid to catch some of the action.

The Tour of Britain’s appearance in Newmarket was part of its sixth stage – which ended in Aldeburgh – having started in Edinburgh and finally finishing in Cardiff on September 10.

Despite three members of the Saffron Walden cyclists taking falls during their outing, and a heavy downpour before the race, the trip was a success.

The group also made sure to take a shot of themselves at the start line after the race.

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