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Tour de Tendring cycle event returns with new dual start location

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A fun open participation cycle event is returning – now with two start locations.

The popular Tour de Tendring will see cyclists hit the district’s roads on Sunday, 19 May, able to pedal a 20 or 60-mile scenic route.

As well as the traditional start point in Harwich, at Dovercourt Bay Lifestyles leisure centre, pedal-pushers will also be able to follow the 60-mile route from Clacton, beginning at Hazlemere Road car park in Holland-on-Sea. Also available from the Clacton start point is a child-friendly three-mile off-road route.

Fun activities will abound at both start points, including Harwich Town Council’s Skate Jam event in Dovercourt, and with the Essex Pedal Power team supporting the event.

The Tour de Tendring is organised by Bike Events, and funded by Tendring District Council (TDC). Online booking is now available at www.bike-events.co.uk/tourdetendring.

Mick Barry, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Public Realm, said he was excited to see the Tour de Tendring return.

“The Tour de Tendring has always been a popular event – and we hope that by opening up a second start point it will become even more accessible to residents,” Councillor Barry said.

“Cycling is not just a low-cost, environmentally-friendly way to get from A to B, but a fantastic means of getting active and exploring the beautiful countryside and coastline we have here in Tendring along the Essex Sunshine Coast.

“So whether you’re a keen lycra-wearing cyclist, like to pedal about a bit, or want to take on this challenge for a charity close to your heart, grab your family and friends and sign up for this year’s Tour de Tendring.”

Euan Scott-Batey, from Bike Events, added: “Join the Tour de Tendring bike ride for a day’s carefree cycling in the tranquil countryside between the Stour and the Colne.”

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