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Ipswich: Excitement builds as the town prepares to host a bumper weekend of cycling events

06:00 29 August 2014

Cyclists ride through Ipswich during the Sky Ride last September

Cyclists ride through Ipswich during the Sky Ride last September

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Excitement is building today as hundreds of cyclists young and old prepare to take over the streets of Ipswich as part of a bumper weekend of cycling in the town.

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The Ipswich Cycling Weekend will kick off tomorrow and will offer a trio of two-wheeled events.

This includes the 200km Ipswich Coastal Grand Prix pro cycle race, the final grand prix race of the year, on Sunday, which will involve some of the UK’s top riders including former Team Sky star Russell Downing and last year’s winner Yanto Barker.

On the same day, the popular Sky Ride mass participation event will also give hundreds of people and families the chance to ride traffic-free routes around Ipswich.

Sports chiefs in the county hope the chance to witness races and to take part will encourage people to get their bikes out of the shed.

Keen cyclist and Ipswich Borough Council deputy leisure portfolio-holder, Alasdair Ross, said: “This is a great weekend for people of all abilities and all ages. I hope as many residents as possible will get on to two wheels and enjoy the two days – and get fitter in the process.

“And we want to see a lot of people cheering the cyclists on.”

Joseph Young, the project co-ordinator for Cycle Suffolk, which aims to promote the sport in Suffolk, added: “I would like to see a mish-mash of people from all walks of life, whether it is families, lone parents, older people or people by themselves. The great thing about the Sky Ride is that it is so social. People will be chatting to each other and sharing their experiences.

“There has also got to be an exit route and that is where projects like mine come in, people can link in with an activity or a local cycling club.”

During the weekend there will also be an event called the Crafted Classique taking place on Saturday, which gives keen cyclists the chance to see the Suffolk countryside, with food and drink on offer for participants

Tom Gillman, head of sales and marketing at Crafted, added: “We are really excited to sponsor the Ipswich Cycling Weekend and the Crafted Classique sportive. We have lots of keen 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.”

The grand prix, the final part of the British Cycling Elite Road Race series, is due to start from the UCS Waterfront building at 10.45am on Sunday and will finish in the same place at about 3.30pm.

The town centre will be free from traffic from 11am-3pm while the Sky Ride, which is free, takes place.

For information, to view routes, or to register for the Crafted Classique or Sky Ride, visit www.ipswichcyclingweekend.com

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12 comments

  • Where's the excitement? Everyone I know groans when they hear of yet another bike event. If we can shut off roads for bikes, is there any chance of having a bike free car only day? Thought not :-(

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    Driven Roundabend

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Nice one ginge , sorry for the spelling on the move , are you on your bike clad in lycra...??

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    richard

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Oh great, road closures... can't they do this at 1am in the morning instead???

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    Simon Betts

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • "Excitement builds"...oh come on. Hardly! Yet more disruption. Wish they would go somewhere else for a change.

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    Scuzzer

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • mmm over weight middle aged men wearing tight lycra,riding bikes that look too small......what an attraction!! i think not....

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    fordy

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Mike: a bad point badly made. Well done!

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    Alice

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Closing Star lane - that will be fun (not) for everyone else.

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    zaax

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Dear Alice There is a reason you expected a reply because the vast majority of us are sick and tired of having to keep making allowances for you. The stupidity of cycle lanes up the inside of locations that queue with a nice green box at the front so they can then jump the queue and sit in front of eveybody at the lights. Or the flocks that cycle on th major single lane roads of Suffolk so your going to Hadleigh or Copdock etc and you have to travel at 10mph because you can't get past. Or the willful disregard for the rules of the road. Or blaming everybody else for accidents when they go up the inside of vehicles clearly indicating left which I saw this morning again on Norwich Rd at Coes junction. The lady was swearing at the car driver for performing a perfectly legal manouvre. I could go on, but Bradley Wiggins is a nice chap but he and these type of events have injured and killed more people than any other type of campaign. Like that other 19th centruary form of transport the horse the bicycle should be used on specialy designed tracks and special fields off road and the rest of us can get on without constantly worrying where the hell he next suicidal bike rider is comming from. PS sorry for the spelling done on the move.

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    The Ginge

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • So glad the EADT warned me. Was going shopping in Ipswich this weekend but I think I shall go to Bury instead

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    Dave Hardwick

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Alice, your in wonderland! Nobody's against cycling per se, but I notice some natty cycling shirts advertised alongside the article. Could a pedestrian range be released with catchy slogans such as , 'Get orf' my pavement', 'Wheres ya lights?', and 'Sorry I stuck my brolly through your spokes'....

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    Mike Derruki

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • If it's anything like last year's event they will.be so busy "chatting and sharing experiences" that they forget that they are cycling down the high St amount several thousand pedestrians with shopping. Great idea, terrible idea having it in the town centre.

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    Sentinel Red

    Friday, August 29, 2014

  • Before all the haters get going, some facts: Winston Churchill abolished Road Tax in 1937. Roads are paid for out of general taxation, so cyclists do contribute too. Many cyclists are also motorists. Cyclists are not required by law to use cycle paths. Government advice for cyclists who want to ride fast is that they should be on the road. If we get rid of all the cyclists, there will be more cars on the road. Jumping red lights is illegal, irrespective of what mode of transport is used.

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    Alice

    Friday, August 29, 2014

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