Crafted Classique and family Sky Ride come to Ipswich this weekend

Cyclists ride through Ipswich during the Sky Ride in 2013

Cyclists ride through Ipswich during the Sky Ride in 2013 - Credit: Archant

A weekend of cycling events in Ipswich and across east Suffolk kicks off tomorrow morning with the Crafted Classique and continues on Sunday with the Sky Ride around the town.

The Crafted Classique gives keen cyclists the chance to take part in a cycle tour on some of the most attractive roads in east Suffolk.

There are 55km, 100km and 100-mile routes from Ipswich travelling on smaller roads as far as Framlingham, Leiston and Aldeburgh before returning to the county town.

The journeys will start and finish on the Waterfront near the UCS James Hehir building, and cyclists will be setting off from 8am on Saturday morning.

The fastest 100-mile cyclists are expected to complete the course in about three and a half hours – but last year most entering this route took between five and seven hours.

Sunday’s Sky Ride is expected to bring thousands of enthusiastic cyclists of all ages on to the streets of Ipswich.

It has become a regular event in the town with bikes taking over many of the roads that are usually dominated by motor vehicles.

The Sky Ride will be dominating the town centre between 11am and 3pm when a number of roads will be closed to normal traffic. For full details of closures and a map of the route, visit

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The centre of the event will be the Hub at the Alderman Road Recreation Ground where there will be a number of events throughout the day and cyclists will be able to tune up their machines before going for a ride around the town.

Entrants will be able to get a high-visibility bib that they can also use when cycling at other times to ensure they can be seen by other road users.

Since the Sky Ride first came to Ipswich in 2011, it has become an annual event – giving occasional cyclists the chance to ride around the town without worrying about coming into conflict with other traffic on the roads.

As well as the events at Alderman Road, there will also be activities on the Cornhill which is at the heart of the route.

For pictures and coverage of both events, see Monday’s paper and keep a look online for galleries of those getting on their bikes to take part in the two prestigious events.

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