Ipswich Cycling Weekend 30Th-31St August 2014
It’s no secret that Suffolk’s a great place to get on the bike. Our county’s stunning scenery and beautiful coast line make for many a pleasant cycle ride, not to mention the fact that Suffolk’s fairly flat!
This summer there’s one more reason to bring out the bicycle – the return of Ipswich Cycling Weekend.
Coming to town on 30th and 31st August, it’s a trio of two-wheeled events offering something for everyone.
There’s a brand new sportive challenge, a pro cycle race concluding the British Cycling Elite Road 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 riders 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.
This 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.
In the run-up to the weekend, Crafted is offering people the chance to win a piece of cycling history in the Crafted Classique competition.
All you have to do is upload your cycling snaps of either yourself, or a group of your friends/colleagues, to the event’s Facebook page for the chance to win a framed, limited edition poster signed by a top elite cyclist. Also up-for-grabs is access to the VIP area of the Ipswich Coastal Grand Prix – the finale of the British Cycling Road Series – for you and your friend/s. Terms and conditions apply and you can find out more at www.facebook.com/craftedclassique
To find out more about Ipswich Cycling Weekend, or to register for the Crafted Classique sportive or Ipswich Sky Ride visit www.ipswichcyclingweekend.com