On Saturday 23rd January the Ipswich Bicycle Club Social Ride will be joined by Cycling Weekly who will feature the club in a future edition of Cycling Weekly “Ride With”.
All club members are welcome to join in and if you are coming please make an effort to wear your club clothing as it will make the photos much more special.
As the ride is to be a continuous 40 mile route please ensure that you bring plenty of drink and nutrition (snacks and gels) to keep you going until we get back to the Cult Café.
We will be doing a loop ride out of Northgate going approx 40 miles to arrive back at the Cult Cafe for a final coffee and cake social.
All groups, Black, Red and Blue will ride the first part to Barking Tye on the same route, via Henley and Needham Mkt. The journalist will start with the Black group(s) and swap to Red(s) at the Barking Fox (Stop 1). The Black groups will then make their own way back to Ipswich via any route they choose aiming for arrival at The Cult about 11:45 ish.
The Red and Blue rides will then ride different routes from Barking to Hadleigh so as to meet up at the same time. The journalist will swap from Red to Blue in the car park of the Edge House Hotel (Stop 2) at the end of Hadleigh High Street just before the junction with Station Road and Benton Street.
The Red group will return to Ipswich via any route they choose aiming for arrival back at The Cult at 11:45.
The Blue group(s) will return to The Cult via Raydon, Capel St. Mary, Bentley, Tattingstone, Holbrook coming in under the Orwell Bridge arriving at The Cult approx 11:55.
I have created 2 routes on GPSies which can be downloaded in a variety of formats to load onto your cycle GPS devices like Garmins.
The Blue and Red routes show the same route to Barking Tye that all groups will take. The Red takes a different route from Barking to Hadleigh. The Blue is a shorter route from Barking to Hadleigh to ensure that the Blue arrives close to the Red for handover. Both then have different routes back to Ipswich.
The start point is Northgate Sports Centre car park Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk IP4 3DJ. Roll out is 9am prompt so please arrive at 8:30 in order to prepare and be introduced to your ride group.
The finish point is Cult Cafe James Hehir Building, University Ave, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 0FS.