The Crafted Classique will return to the historic Ipswich waterfront this August with an extra brand new route, designed especially for those entering the sportive scene.
On Saturday 22 August, the timed cycling challenge will be back with more great coffee and refreshing local beer to build upon the success of 2014’s inaugural event, which saw 500 riders from across the UK take part.
New for 2015, this year’s sportive will also feature a shorter 55 km route, as well as faster registration, a rolling start and subtle revisions to its popular 100 km and 100 mile courses through the stunning Suffolk countryside.
All three routes begin at Ipswich’s historic waterfront where cyclists can prepare with a complimentary espresso before heading out to Aldeburgh on the Heritage Coast (100 mile).
Each route then leads back to the waterfront, where participants can dig into well-deserved post-ride refreshments, washed down with a cool locally-sourced beer once they reach the finish line.
Supported by Ipswich Borough Council and British Cycling, the sportive is sponsored by digital marketing agency Crafted. The event will open the Ipswich Cycling Weekend, a duo of two-wheeled events taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August.
Councillor Alasdair Ross, Deputy Culture & Leisure portfolio-holder for Ipswich Borough Council, and a keen cyclist, said:
“Ipswich is fast gaining a reputation as an excellent place to cycle for work or pleasure, and events like the Crafted Classique are a fantastic way to celebrate our town’s cycling legacy. 500 riders took part last year from across the UK and I’m looking forward to seeing even more cyclists getting on two wheels this August.”
Tom Gillman, Commercial Director at Crafted took part in last year’s sportive. He said:
“We’re proud to be back with another exciting Crafted Classique in 2015, which looks set to be even bigger and better than last year’s inaugural event. Our family of Crafted cyclists continues to grow, so we’re looking forward to donning our jerseys once again for two brilliant days of cycling.”
Early-bird entry for the Crafted Classique is open now, with eager riders able to save themselves £5 on online entry by registering before 12th April. To enter, visit www.ipswichcyclingweekend.com