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Nostalgia: Do you remember the Ipswich Round the Town Cycle Races in 1981?

PUBLISHED: 13:45 28 February 2020 | UPDATED: 09:37 03 March 2020

A series of different events featuring different cycles were run throughout the day  Picture: OWEN HINES

A series of different events featuring different cycles were run throughout the day Picture: OWEN HINES

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Huge crowds turned out to watch the Ipswich Round the Town Cycle Races in 1981. Were you one of the intrepid cyclists taking part, or among of the hundreds cheering them on?

The look of victory as they cross the finish line  Picture: OWEN HINESThe look of victory as they cross the finish line Picture: OWEN HINES

Wolsey Road Club teamed up with Ransomes to organise the races, which included top amateur cyclists among the competitors. A range of different cycles also featured, including tricycles.

Cornering was tricky on the 3-wheel cycles so riders would have to lean even more to make the tight turns  Picture: OWEN HINESCornering was tricky on the 3-wheel cycles so riders would have to lean even more to make the tight turns Picture: OWEN HINES

It was harder taking corners at speed on three wheels, so there were a few near-spills.

Riders make their way to one of the corners on the route around town  Picture: OWEN HINESRiders make their way to one of the corners on the route around town Picture: OWEN HINES

Some shops which have since closed can be glimpsed in the background of our photos, including Alexandre and Greens in the former Crown & Anchor hotel in Westgate Street, years before WH Smith moved in there.

Riders coming out of a corner around the course around town Picture: OWEN HINESRiders coming out of a corner around the course around town Picture: OWEN HINES

Ipswich is still known as a cycle town, with thousands taking part in Sky Ride events and visits by the Women's Tour in recent years.

One of the winners from the day posing for photos after a big victory  Picture: OWEN HINESOne of the winners from the day posing for photos after a big victory Picture: OWEN HINES

Do you remember the races in 1981 or recognise anyone in the photos? Send us an email.

Crowds gather in the town to watch the cycle races  Picture: OWEN HINESCrowds gather in the town to watch the cycle races Picture: OWEN HINES

A close finish between two of the competitors as the chequered flag is waved  Picture: OWEN HINESA close finish between two of the competitors as the chequered flag is waved Picture: OWEN HINES

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