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
Spectators gather at Blacksmith’s Lane Crossroads
The 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
The 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!
The 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.
The Peleton approaches along the B 1113 from the Fundenhall and King’s Head Public House direction
The 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
The following entourage of all the support vehicles with many spare bicycles.
The Aviva Women’s Tour Cycling race will pass through part of Ashwellthorpe and Fundenhall between 1.00 p.m. and 2.15 p.m. on Wednesday 15 June 2016 as part of the first day’s 132 km route from Southwold to Norwich. The race route will follow the B 1113 road from the New Buckenham direction towards its Norwich finish outside City Hall. Why not got along to watch and cheer the cyclists along the way.
This is an interesting route using mainly quiet country roads passing through a variety of local villages. We hope that you will find some new routes that you have not seen before.
We often hear it said that Norfolk is flat but this seems to be a phrase mainly quoted by people driving on main roads. So there are some hills but not too bad.
SP = signposted to
Start at the Village Hall in Ashwellthorpe heading east (to pass the church). At the junction with the B1113 turn right and follow this road various bends until you reach Tacolneston Church. Take the left turn opposite the church SP Byroad onto Hurn Lane. Follow this road (ignoring the only junction- from the left SP Hapton) and continue to the crossroads. Go straight over SP Long Stratton into another quiet lane. At the next junction carry straight on SP Forncett St Peter. Carry on the the next junction and again carry straight on SP Long Stratton. At the bend ahead bear left onto Mill Lane SP Long Stratton (do not take the turn straight over).
With the Church and Forncetts Sign ahead turn right onto Aslacton Road SP Pottergate Street and pass the school on the left. Turn left into Wash Lane SP Wacton and Unbridged Ford. After 2 weeks rain the ford was still dry but the stream is worth a look. Beware of the rough and muddy road ahead as it passes a farm yard.
Continue on this lane until entering Wacton turn left at the junction and continue through the village. At the junction and village sign there is an enjoyable diversion to the right onto Wacton Common. If not taking the diversion turn left SP Forncett. Pass the Church on the right and wind your way, catching a view of Tacolneston mast over the fields at one point, until reaching a T junction opposite Tawny Farm. Turn onto Station Road SP Forncett St Mary. Pass under the railway bridge and continue until passing the 30 mph sign. Pass over a small bridge and at the bend turn right onto Low Road SP Forncett St Mary. Continue past the Village Hall and after a while pass the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum. (This houses a collection of large stationary steam engines and is open to the public on the 1st Sunday every month from May to November – 11am to 5pm).
At the fork continue on the road to the left up Spring Lane (not right SP Tharston). At the next junction ignore the left turn and continue on High Road SP Hapton. After some time ignore the right turn and continue on the road where High Road becomes Bayes Lane. Pass a disused railway bridge and down the hill. The ford at the bottom was unusually wet this time. At the crossroads go straight over in to Holly Lane SP Flordon.
After the right bend pass the Meeting Place Field (where you can take a rest on the bench) and pass the Church on the right. Ignore Cow Lane to the right and bear left along Holly Lane which then becomes Norwich Road.
At the next junction turn left into Marsh Lane. Beware the loose gravel. At the next junction turn left onto High Road SP Ashwellthorpe. After passing over a disused railway bridge at the next bend High Road becomes Blacksmith’s Lane. Continue to the crossroads with the B1113. Go straight over to return to Ashwellthorpe