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Felixstowe roads closed for high Speed action cycling action back in 1973

PUBLISHED: 06:30 17 August 2018

Riders racing along the Felixstowe seafront  Picture: JOHN KERR

Riders racing along the Felixstowe seafront Picture: JOHN KERR

We look back to when the roads around Felixstowe seafront were closed to allow cycle riders to race along the promenade.

Onlookers watching the racing go past  Picture: JOHN KERROnlookers watching the racing go past Picture: JOHN KERR

With a mixture of amateurs and professionals taking part the races attracted much attention.

With plenty of riders the race didn't quite go by without incident   Picture: JOHN KERRWith plenty of riders the race didn't quite go by without incident Picture: JOHN KERR

Felixstowe’s residents turning out to watch the action, lining the streets, eager to see the cyclists power along the prom.

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As well as the high speed action, there was some drama as a few of the riders lost their balance and fell during the races.

The winner of the cycle race through Felixstowe  Picture: JOHN KERRThe winner of the cycle race through Felixstowe Picture: JOHN KERR

The riders picked up a significant amount of speed coming down the famous Bent Hill, then had to take the corners at speed to maintain their positions around the tight bends.

The riders navigating their way down the hill  Picture: JOHN KERRThe riders navigating their way down the hill Picture: JOHN KERR

Do you have any fond memories of cycling around Felixstowe or Ipswich? Get in touch with your memories and photographs by emailing sam.dawes@archant.co.uk

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