Ipswich SkyRide weekend

The roads you ride as a kid always stick with you as some of your first cycling memories. When we were invited by both Ipswich Borough Council and British Cycling to participate in their SkyRide weekend, it was an ideal opportunity to introduce ourselves to Suffolk's growing population of cyclists.

Saturday saw us down at the Waterfront, a recently regenerated docklands area, for both the sign on and finish of the UCS Ipswich and Coastal Giro d'Espresso, a 71 mile sportive taking in some of our favourite roads in the area. Although the sun was out, a strong coastal headwind for the final 21 miles saw riders in groups triumph over solo efforts.

At the heart of Ipswich sits Cornhill, a paved area that encompasses the Town Hall, Old Post Office and a street market most days. Based next to the SkyRide start area and the British Cycling café, we had a great day meeting cyclists and the public. As a bonus to an already excellent weekend, we were interviewed by a film crew putting together footage of the event for the Council website.