Britain's premier cycling event, the Tour of Britain, starts in Suffolk on Sunday 9 September. Cyclists leave Ipswich at 10 am before riding up the Suffolk coast towards Lowestoft, then tourng parts of Norfolk on route to a finish at the Norfolk Showground.
This is the first chance we have to see Tour de France winner and Olympic gold medalist Bradley Wiggins riding in the UK since his incredible acheivements this summer, as well as his team-mate Mark Cavendish and many others of the world's top cyclists. They're bound to attract a big following.
The route takes cyclists through Leiston, Theberton, Middleton, Westleton and Blythburgh, so there will be a rolling roadblock and road closures during the morning. We expect road closures to begin in Leiston at about 10.45, and the last of the cavalcade of cars to leave Blythburgh at about 12 noon. For full details of the route see http://www.tourofbritain.com/_ns_race/default.asp?section=stage1_route
If you're planning to visit that weekend - and we do have a binocular and telescope demonstration on both days - we recommend arriving early, or coming later in the afternoon. If you're a cycling fan who enjoys watching wildlife, why not get to Minsmere early, cycle or walk to Westleton to watch the race, then head out round the reserve for some relaxing birdwatching. Alternatively, you could watch the race in one of the nearby villages then head down to Minsmere for lunch and a stroll. I'm just gutted that I'll miss it as I'll be on route back from France!