AVIVA LADIES CYCLE TOUR IN ASHWELLTHORPE – WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 2016

The Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour passed along the B 1113 New Buckenham to Norwich road, through Fundenhall and Ashwellthorpe, on Stage 1 of this Cycle Tour (Race!) from Southwold in Suffolk to the finish at Norwich. Here are some photographs of the event in Ashwellthorpe

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - Ashwellthorpe Spectators at Blacksmith's LaneSpectators gather at Blacksmith’s Lane Crossroads

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - Commentary Car and Police Escorts in AshwellthorpeThe Commentary Car and Police outriders approach in front of the racers – we were told there were now 6kms to go to the finish outside City Hall in Norwich

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - Leader Aliso Tetrick approachesThe breakaway leader approaches behind the Police Car and support vehicle. The adjoining roads were all shut off by police motorcycle outriders – the spectators commented that they did not know Norfolk possessed so many police motorcyclists as there was a constant stream in relay formation closing the roads!

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - Leader Alison Tetrick through Ashwelthorpe -  1min 45 secs ahead of PeletonThe leader through Ashwellthorpe was an American – Alison Tetrick – who had made a breakaway from the Peleton with about 20kms to go to the finishing line. Here she was about 1min. 45 secs. in front with 6kms to go but from Ashwellthorpe onwards, the Peleton slowly began to catch up and she was over-run by the other cyclists in the last kilometre. At the finish outside Norwich City Hall, she was classified 8th and won the Combativity Award for her brave solo break.

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - The Peleton approachesThe Peleton approaches along the B 1113 from the Fundenhall and King’s Head Public House direction

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - The Peleton through Ashwellthorpe - somewhere is the eventual winner of this Stage Christine MajerusThe 90-rider peleton zooms past at speed and with the 180 tyres making quite a noise! Somewhere in there is the eventual winner Christine Majerus and the leading British finisher, Lizzie Armistead

Aviva Ladies Cycle Tour 15 June 2016 - Support Vehicles follow Peleton through AshwellthorpeThe following entourage of all the support vehicles with many spare bicycles.

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