Days Gone By: Did you cheer on the Milk Race cyclists in Ipswich in 1985?
PUBLISHED: 14:30 12 March 2020
Did you join the supporters welcoming the Milk Race to Ipswich in 1985?
Spectators packed into the town centre to cheer on the competitors, lining up outside the Burtons and Grimwades stores.
The cycling race, sponsored by the Milk Marketing Board, was a hugely popular event, with crowds turning out to support the cyclists at each stage. The highly prestigious race ran each year from 1958 to 1993, attracting top competitors.
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The 1985 race was made up of 12 stages. It was the first year that professional riders joined in, competing in addition to the amateurs
The fourth stage of the race was divided into two parts - a race from Chelmsford to Ipswich, and then an event in Ipswich, featuring both men's and women's heats.
The Milk Race then moved on to Bury St Edmunds for part of its fifth stage.
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