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Hundreds saddle up for fifth Crafted Classique bike ride though Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 17:08 12 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:36 13 August 2018

Riders from Ipswich Bicycle Club celebrate crossing the finishing line Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Riders from Ipswich Bicycle Club celebrate crossing the finishing line Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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Hundreds got on their bikes on Saturday for a thrilling ride through the Suffolk countryside for the fifth annual Crafted Classique bike ride.

Paul Quick, Tim Gilles, Andy Button and Gretta Button Picture: ADAM HOWLETTPaul Quick, Tim Gilles, Andy Button and Gretta Button Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Almost 800 people saddled up for the big event, with riders setting off from outside the Cult Cafe on Ipswich’s waterfront on 55km, 100km or 100 mile routes through the county.

Following their scenic ride, the cyclists were treated to a burger and a drink as they crossed the finishing line, along with live music and entertainment at the cafe.

Cyclists celebrate completing the Crafted Classique bike ride Picture: ADAM HOWLETTCyclists celebrate completing the Crafted Classique bike ride Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Among those taking part were riders from Ipswich Bicycle Club.

The group’s ride leader Simon Trudgett said: “It has gone very well today.

A host of entertainment was put on for the riders on their return Picture: ADAM HOWLETTA host of entertainment was put on for the riders on their return Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“It has been a lovely day and wasn’t too windy.

“We had a great run out to Orford.

Almost 800 cyclists took part in the ride through Suffolk on Saturday Picture: ADAM HOWLETTAlmost 800 cyclists took part in the ride through Suffolk on Saturday Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“The roads in places were a bit tricky but on the whole it was a superb ride.

“There are quite a few of us out today, like most years, but this is my first time.

Cyclists take a well earned rest after cycling through the county Picture: ADAM HOWLETTCyclists take a well earned rest after cycling through the county Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“I really enjoyed it.
“It is a bit of a social event, we were talking to other riders as we were cycling about.

“It is about the social side of cycling.”

Cyclists cross the finishing line outside the Cult Cafe in Ipswich after a scenic ride through the county Picture: ADAM HOWLETTCyclists cross the finishing line outside the Cult Cafe in Ipswich after a scenic ride through the county Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Friends Paul Quick, Tom Gilles and Andy and Gretta Button said they had a great time.

Mr Quick said: “The weather was really nice today.

Hundreds of cyclists took part in the Crafted Classique on Saturday Picture: ADAM HOWLETTHundreds of cyclists took part in the Crafted Classique on Saturday Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Some of the roads were a bit wet from the rain yesterday but we made it round.

“This is my first time taking part, it is a very well run event.””

Craig Lannigan, events programme manager, thanked Elmy Cycles for supporting the event, whose team were on hand to drive out to any cyclists who ran into problems.

“We have had a lot of punctures today,” he said.

“The weather conditions last night (Friday) washed up a lot of stones onto the roads.

“But we have been able to respond to everyone who has asked for assistance.

“It has been a brilliant event this year.

“The official number of riders were 788.

“If we can get the marketing right we feel the event could get even bigger and better.

“We want cycling clubs to come down from around the country for our Sportive.”

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