Ipswich Cycling Weekend is set to return to the town in August with a trio of two-wheeled events offering something for everyone.
Across Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 August, there is a brand new sportive challenge, a pro cycle race concluding the British Cycling Elite Road Race series, and the return of the Sky Ride offering cyclists and families the chance to ride traffic-free routes around the town.
The weekend’s events are supported by Ipswich Borough Council and British Cycling, and are sponsored by Ipswich-based digital marketing agency Crafted.
For the accomplished cyclist seeking a challenge, the new Crafted Classique timed sportive offers a choice of a 100 km or 100 mile route through the stunning Suffolk countryside.
The sportive begins at Ipswich’s historic waterfront where cyclists can prepare with a complimentary espresso before heading up the coast to Thorpeness and Aldeburgh on the Heritage Coast (100 mile route).
The route then leads them back to the waterfront, where they can dig into a well-deserved Hog Roast from Cult Café, washed down with a refreshing Adnams beer once they reach the finish line.
The route of the Crafted Classique sportive is based on the Ipswich and Coastal Grand Prix that will be ridden by pro teams the following day: the conclusion of the British Cycling Elite Road Series.
The elite race will see national riders and teams take on 200km, also starting and finishing on the waterfront, in the finale of their nine grand prix championship for individual and team glory.
Cycling fans are invited to cheer on the pros as they set off in the morning, and to return to the harbour later in the day to see the victorious cyclist and team crowned.
Once the pros are on the road, Sky Ride Ipswich takes over, giving cyclists and families the chance to enjoy traffic-free, and usually off-limits, routes through the county town. There will be a whole host of activities to enjoy both on and off the bike for all ages and abilities.
Councillor Alasdair Ross, Deputy Culture & Leisure portfolio-holder for Ipswich Borough Council, and a keen cyclist, said: “This is a great weekend for people of all abilities and all ages. I hope as many residents as possible will get out on to two wheels and enjoy these fantastic events - and get fitter in the process.”
Tom Gillman, Head of Sales and Marketing at Crafted said: “We are really excited to sponsor the Ipswich Cycling Weekend and the Crafted Classique sportive. We have lots of avid cyclists at Crafted, so the team is looking forward to donning their jerseys and enjoying two days of great cycling events. It’s set to be a fantastic weekend.”
To find out more about Ipswich Cycling Weekend, or to register for the Crafted Classique sportive or Ipswich Sky Ride visit www.ipswichcyclingweekend.com