Road Race series set for final round

STAR RIDER: Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott who featured in a previous round of the Elveden Road Race series
STAR RIDER: Olympic gold medallist Laura Trott who featured in a previous round of the Elveden Road Race series
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The final round of the inaugural Elveden Road Race series takes place on Saturday.

More than 200 have already entered, coming from across East Anglia and as far as London, Derbyshire and Yorkshire, with more expected on the day.

The ground-breaking opportunity came about after Lord Iveagh approached cycling’s governing body, British Cycling, offering access to a 5km (3.5 miles) tarmac circuit in the heart of the estate for a series of early season road racing events that have run from March until now.

The series has been organised by Ken Joliffe, who already organises the highly successful Lotus Cars Cycle Race League, with help from Bishop’s Stortford CC, Mildenhall CC and West Suffolk Wheelers and Triathlon Club, who have all recognised the fantastic potential the unique setting of Elveden could bring to cycling in East Anglia.

Lord Iveagh said: “I am delighted to see the level of interest in the Elveden cycle races.

“Opening up the farm gates for this activity means cyclists have a realistic road-style surface to practice on, which I hope will go some way towards helping to develop the road racing skills of cyclists in this region.”

Mr Joliffe added: “This circuit is a real gem, in that it is a real but short road circuit without the traffic.

“We want Elveden to be thought of as something special, something more than just another race. The circuit and the setting are certainly very unique.”

The first race will be for fourth Category riders starting at 9.45am, which has nearly a full field of 100 riders contesting the 25-mile race.

The Women’s race, starting at 11.30am is also over 25 miles (seven laps), as is the Under-16s which starts at 1.15pm. Starting 15 minutes after them will be the under-14s race that will cover 17 miles.

The most hotly contested event is expected to be the top riders, who begin their 42-mile race (12 laps) at 2.45pm.

Then 15 minutes later, the 3rd Category riders will start their 25-mile race.

More information about the Elveden Road-Races can be found on http://elvedencycleraces.com

Entry and parking for spectators is free with a full day’s racing on offer. Access to the Elveden Estate will only be available at Mattins Lodge, off the A1065, Brandon Road, Lakenheath Airbase, Eriswell, Suffolk IP27 9BS.