Crafted Classique cycling sportive will take place in Suffolk on Saturday, August 12

Riders set off on the 2016 Crafted Classique sportive at Neptune Marina in Ipswich. Picture: Simon P

Riders set off on the 2016 Crafted Classique sportive at Neptune Marina in Ipswich. Picture: Simon Parker

Registration is now open for one of Suffolk’s most highly anticipated mass cycling events, which this year is backing St Elizabeth Hospice.

Sponsored by digital agency Crafted, the fourth annual Classique sportive will take place on Saturday, August 12, with routes suitable for all ages and abilities.

Starting at Ipswich Waterfront, riders can choose to complete 55km, 100km or 100mile tracks through the Suffolk landscape.

The 100mile course stretches to Aldeburgh on the Heritage Coast, before returning to Neptune Marina.

This year the official charity partner for the event is St Elizabeth Hospice, which provides care and support to more than 2,000 patients and their families from Suffolk living with a range of life-limiting conditions, including cancer and motor neurone disease.

Joanne Rodger, events and challenges manager for the charity, said: “The support the hospice receives from events like this is vital to be able to continue to help local people through a really difficult time.

“Money raised from events like the Crafted Classique means that we can be there for them, their families, friends and carers when they need us most.”

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The sportive is again helped by a raft of businesses including Elmys Cycles, providing mechanical and mobile aid; Allied Health Professionals, offering free post-cycle massages; Cult Café, hosting refreshments, hog roast and live music; and Calvors brewery, for the finish line celebrations.

Brad Warwick, co-founder of Crafted, said: “We’re hugely proud of how the Crafted Classique has developed in just a few years to become one of the largest sportives in the region which attracts cyclists of all abilities.

“We’re confident that this year is going to be even better and bigger with around 1,000 riders – many of whom will be helping to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.”

Registration is now open and early bird prices are available until March 31.

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