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Virtual ride is your chance to win VIP tickets to the 2021 Women’s Tour finale

Joseph Delves
16 Jul 2020

Raise funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance and bag a finish line spot in Suffolk next year

With the 2020 Women’s Tour postponed, fans are being asked to ride a virtual stage from last year's race. Anyone completing the 164km stage from Beccles to Stowmarket will then be in with the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets for the finale of the 2021 race in Felixstowe.

The stage in question was won in real life by Belgian rider Jolien D’Hoore of Boels–Dolmans, but unlike her, riders can take as many days as they like between 20th July and 16th August to complete the route.

A total of 500 spots are available, and anyone wanting to enter will need to donate at least £5, with 100% of the money going to East Anglian Air Ambulance.

‘We’re extremely grateful to Keep Moving Suffolk for supporting East Anglian Air Ambulance through this challenge,’ explained Sophie Matthews of East Anglian Air Ambulance.

‘Our crews have been working hard throughout the crisis to be there for people in need and it’s only thanks to community support like this that we can keep our helicopters flying and saving lives.

‘Virtual challenge events are a great way to keep active and replace the support we’ve lost this year from having to cancel our normal challenge fundraising events’.

Anyone interested in entering The Women’s Tour Virtual Cycle Challenge can find out more information and track their progress here: keepmovingsuffolk.com/womens-tour-virtual-cycle-challenge

The pro race was also held as a virtual event this year, and Leah Dixon of TIBCO Silicon Valley Bank won the first-ever Skoda V-Women’s Tour in June. The real event is pushed back until next year and will start on 7th June in Bicester, with the six-day stage race ending in Felixstowe on 12th June.

Last won in 2019 by home favourite Lizzie Deignan of Trek–Segafredo, the race attracts perhaps the strongest field of any held in Britain.

‘It’s great to see this initiative created for such a worthy cause,’ explained Race Director, Mick Bennett. ‘While we couldn’t be in Suffolk for our final stage as planned this June, events like this and our recent Skoda V-Women’s Tour help keep the race in the public eye and build-up to June 2021 when we're looking forward to finishing in Suffolk.’

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