Tour de Broads Summer

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Welcome to the Summer Tour de Broads on Sunday 18th August. We have the now traditional TdB routes of 100, 75, 50, 25 miles plus the ever-popular Pushing Ahead family ride taking in as much of the Broads National Park as we can squeeze into your chosen mileage.

 

The Tour de Broads explores the Broads National Park and introduces you to quiet lanes, stunning villages and dramatic Broadland landscapes. Expect a warm welcome, the unique challenge of big open skies with occasional legendary cross-winds all without the hustle and bustle of modern life — let the Tour de Broads show you how the Broads National Park can become your favourite cycling playground.

The Tour de Broads Cycling Festival is the biggest locally organized event in the region and our Whitlingham Broad event village is set on the shore of Norwich’s Whittingham Great Broad and within the serene Whitlingham Country Park. Whether it is your first cycling event, your 100th 100 or just an excuse to come and ride your bike with friends and family we look forward to welcoming you along for a weekend of cycling splendor.

 

This year’s event is part of The Pedal Revolution Tour de Broads Cycling Festival spread over two days at Whitlingham Country Park on the shoreline of the Whitlingham Great Broad. Why not make a weekend of it – we will offer you a special gift from Adnams to say thank you!

 

Pedal Revolution have served regional cyclists as their local independent bike shop for over 21 years and through its not-for-profit Social Enterprise “The Pedal Revolution Community Interest Company” it partners with local authorities and businesses to inspire, engage and enable people of all ages and abilities to get active and feel great using cycling as it’s vehicle. The Tour de Broads is our biggest fund-raising event of the year and allows us to invest into community cycling projects that make a real difference to grassroots participation. We are passionate about cycling and passionate about offering you a great weekend of cycling celebration.

 

Our 8th annual edition is again a celebration of cycling and riders of all ages and abilities and warmly invited to again take on a stretching personal challenge, enjoy a day-out on the bike with friends and family or ride with passion for their favourite charity. We hope you love our unique chunky souvenir medal awarded by our friends at Adnams. If you rode the Spring TdB it will slot together and has moving parts!

 

The Event Village

We are once again at Whitlingham Country Park on the shoreline of Whitlingham Broad. The venue is completely self-contained with all facilities on site, including:
• Mobile mechanic and Broom Wagon
• Merchadise
• Pre-ride mechanical support
• Registration and information point
• Music and entertainment
• Finish Line Photography
• Toilets

By purchasing a pack you have agreed to the terms and conditions, so all you need to do is roll up, collect your rider number and ride! Give yourself enough time to meet up with friends and have a cuppa before you assemble in the collecting area for your start. After entering, you will receive a confirmation email and in the final week we will send your final instructions.

To avoid congestion, we politely suggest the following start times:

100 miles: 8-8.30am

75 miles: 8.30-9am

50 miles: 9-9.30am

25 miles: 9.30-10am

Family Ride: 11-12 noon

Five rides to choose from

There are a choice of four rides (25 miles, 50 miles, 75 miles and 100 miles) and a traffic-free family ride.
All rides  have a suggested route which is fully signposted for your convenience and will have a number of dedicated rest stops. The teams at our rest stops are all volunteers and will be happy to help you if you require any assistance. Drink and feed stops will be close to toilets and have somewhere to fill up your waterbottle and rest awhile. The Charity teams will sell you tea/coffee and cake to help you along your way.
The Feed stop (100 & 75 mile) will also include a complimentary meal-deal style lunch with sandwich, banana, crisps & cake.
Mechanical assistance before and during the event will be provided by Pedal Revolution.

 

Arriving & Car Parking

There will be no parking allowed along Whitlingham Lane on the day. Please park considerately and follow the Tour de Broads signs to the start.

There are several options this year for car parking at Tour de Broads:

PLEASE NOTE that the Whitlingham Broad car parks (along Whitlingham lane) will be closed to Tour de Broads riders until after 10:30am. This is to reduce traffic down the narrow Whitlingham Lane (for your safety at the start) whilst the ride is in progress and to allow other users the opportunity to enjoy Whitlingham Park.

As soon as the Norwich City FC fixture list is announced, we will know if the County Hall Car Park will be available to us. If so, then this will be the MAIN CAR PARK for the event. It is just off the Trowse roundabout and only a pleasant 1 mile warm-up ride from the start. 850 spaces will be available from 6:30am and will cost £6 for the day (to Norfolk County Council). Pay on the day by cash or card. We will also, closer to the event publish a map illustrating free on-street parking. If Norwich City FC are playing at home that day – then we will suggest alternative parking if required.

Family ride entrants can pre-purchase a car park ticket with their entry for £5 to park at Trowse Snowsports Centre on Whitlingham Lane, just half a mile up the road. Sales for these will be open until 6pm Wednesday 15th and vouchers will be posted to you. There are a limited number of these available and these will be offered to families on a first-come, first served basis. This car park will be open from 7am and will also serve as a DROP OFF POINT for those getting a lift to/from the event.

DISABLED parking will be in the car park adjacent to the Flint Barn, right next to the event village.