Tour de Broads gets a new home for this summer’s cycle extravaganza
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The hugely popular cycling event Tour de Broads has found a new home for the start and finish of this year's summer ride.
Now in its fifth year, last year's ride saw about 2,500 people take to the saddle to pedal through the Norfolk countryside on routes of various lengths.
That ride started and finished at the former RAF Coltishall base - Scottow Enterprise Park. But the event's organisers Pedal Revolution suffered a blow when their bid to create a PedalPark at the base was rejected.
And the organisers have announced they have now found a new location for this August's race - Hoveton Hall, near Wroxham, with its 620 acres of parkland, gardens, woodland and farmland.
Helen Rainbow, event manager for Pedal Revolution, said: 'Since the sudden, unexpected and utterly disappointing news that the council's plans for Scottow Enterprise Park no longer included PedalPark, the search to find the perfect location for Tour de Broads is finally over.
'Hoveton Hall is a stunning venue, perfectly located in the heart of the Broads National Park and offering stunning scenery and a tranquillity that is perfect for cyclists to sit awhile and relax with family and friends after a long ride.
'The Buxton family are delighted to be able to share their home with visitors and they warmly welcome guests to the estate to enjoy this very special part of Norfolk.'
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The event is aimed at riders of all ages and abilities with fully signposted and supported routes ranging from five to 100 miles.
It has grown to become the largest locally organised and run, not-for-profit cycle event in the region, raising funds for charity and local cycling projects.
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This year the event supports Macmillan Cancer Support, the East Anglian Air Ambulance, Nelson's Journey and the Norfolk and Norwich Association for the Blind.
The Tour de Broads will take place on Sunday, August 20. But before that, there is a springtime version, on Sunday, April 30, due to start from the promenade in Great Yarmouth, which will explore the southern Broads.
Cyclists riding both events will be rewarded with a unique pair of interlocking medals to form a lasting souvenir of their double achievement.
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