2017 Tour de Broads North a celebration of cycling

Riders taking to the roads of Great Yarmouth as they embark on the Tour de Broads ( South ) . Photo

Riders taking to the roads of Great Yarmouth as they embark on the Tour de Broads ( South ) . Photo : Steve Adams

Having listened to feedback from participants in last year's Tour de Broads, organisers of the iconic cycle ride said they had kept the best parts of the route and ditched the worst for the 2017 event.

The four routes for the August 20 tour were recently announced and and with just seven weeks to go, there's still time to enter. The start and finish will take place on the Hoveton Hall estate and the routes follow a figure of eight meaning participants will never be more than 25 miles from base, with a mid way stop for lunch to dine and enjoy the splendour of the estate.

The recreational ride, which is suitable for all ages, abilities and every possible type of bicycle, is again being run on a not-for-profit basis to support local cycling projects. The projects include GYBP, the Pedal Revolution Scholarship programme and cycling in schools. An estimated £60,000 was raised last year.

Consisting of four routes of different distances - 25, 50, 75 and 100 miles - the longest two routes head to Happisburgh and along the coast enjoying views of the lighthouse and Horsey Windpump. The RNLI will welcome riders to The Lifeboat station at Happisburgh, the first stop on the 100 and 75 mile routes. Just 14 miles into the ride, the fastest cyclists should start arriving from about 8.45am.

Turning inland at Hemsby, riders will then cross Ormesby, Rollesby and Filby Broads and head back to Hoveton Hall for some food. From there, those taking part in the 100 miler head for Reedham and pass through the beautiful Broadland villages of South Walsham, Ranworth, Woodbastwick and Wroxham.

There's plenty to do while waiting for cyclist to finish including live entertainment, trade stands and food and drink vendors including Adnams Bar operated by Nelsons Journey.

'We're really excited about this year's event with the superb new venue, improved routes and plenty to do,' said founder Neil Turner. 'It promises to be a real celebration of cycling in the Broads National Park.'

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Having started in 2013 with about 700 entries, organisers hope to attract 3,000 riders this year.

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