Fakenham, Bawdeswell and Reepham are ready to welcome the Tour of Britain

The Aviva Tour of Britain will be returning to East Anglia and Suffolk will be hosting a momentous s

The Aviva Tour of Britain will be returning to East Anglia and Suffolk will be hosting a momentous stage finish in Ipswich. - Credit: Credit 'SweetSpot'

The world's eyes will be on Fakenham, Bawdeswell and Reepham as some of the most renowned cyclists pedal their way through our county.

And with just a day to go until the start of the 2015 Aviva Tour of Britain stage seven from Fakenham to Ipswich, people are being urged to pick their spot and line up to see some of the top names in cycling.

Sir Bradley Wiggins and Mark Cavendish are just two of the 120 professional cyclists taking part in the UK's premier cycling race which started on Sunday.

There are a total of eight stages and at 227km tomorrow's East Anglia stage is the longest leg of the Tour.

Riders will set off from Fakenham Racecourse at about 10am for a neutralised start and the racing will properly begin at Guist.


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It is hoped as many people as possible will line the streets and make tomorrow a day to remember.

David Hunter, chief executive and clerk of the racecourse, said: 'We are delighted to be supporting this inspiring national cycling event. Hosting the start of The Tour of Britain (Norfolk) offers a great opportunity for the local community to get involved and we hope it will encourage tourists to visit the county again in the future.

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'We are used to welcoming large numbers of people to race meetings but this is a bit different. We don't know how many people will turn up to watch the start – we could have up to 8000. I am sure it will be very popular.'

It is the first time the Tour of Britain has returned to Norfolk in three years. The 2012 edition saw some 180,000 people cheer on the riders as they cycled through Norfolk and Suffolk - 100,000 in Norfolk alone - and the cycling spectacular brought a £3m boost to the region's economy.

Tom FitzPatrick, leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: 'It's a fantastic opportunity for people to come out and support some of the best-known names and cycling teams. For north Norfolk it's also a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic district and encourage visitors to stay and find out more about the area.'

Said to be the best line-up in the Tour's history, teams taking part in the event include BMC Racing, IAM Cycling, Lotto Soudal, Team Sky, Etixx-Quick Step and Team Wiggins.

Visitors to the racecourse on Saturday will be able to get right up to the team buses, chat with riders and get a real feel for event.

Entry to the start at Fakenham Racecourse is free with a suggested charitable donation of £2 per car to the charity Walking With The Wounded. Gates open at 7.30am and the start of the race is at 10am. The route goes from the racecourse and through the centre of Fakenham town before heading off towards Bawdeswell and Reepham. Riders will go through Aylsham, Norwich, Wymondham, Attleborough and Thetford on their way to Ipswich.

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