Ipswich has something for everyone

Tour of Britain 2011

Ipswich plays host to the opening stage of the 2012 Tour of Britain on Sunday 9 September, with a largely flat stage that should be one for the sprinters – so keep a lookout for Mark Cavendish.

The Tour gets underway at 10am from Neptune Quay, Ipswich Waterfront and will finish at Norfolk Showground at approx. 14.45pm.  This year the start of the Tour of Britain coincides with Sky Ride Ipswich so it promises to be a fun day out for the whole family.

Best places to watch stage 1:

  • Neptune Quay, Ipswich Waterfront – the start of the 2012 Tour of Britain and Sky Ride Ipswich
  • Melton – first sprint of the Tour takes place in Melton just across the River Deben from Sutton Hoo
  • Westleton – second climb of the day will see the riders climb past Westleton village green
  • Norfolk Showground – A long straight leads into the final kilometre within the Norfolk Showground and two ninety degree corners will set up the riders for a sprint to the finish line.

Read our fans guide to the Tour of Britain.

Cycling in Ipswich

The 2012 Tour of Britain has put Ipswich on the map for elite road cycling, but you don’t have to be an experienced cyclist to get out and about on your bike. The Sky Ride Local programme is bringing a number of free, organised bike rides to Ipswich for people of all ages and abilities. With rides running until the end of October now’s the perfect time to get back on the saddle. Find out more and join a ride.

Or if you want to cycle regularly around Ipswich without joining a club, why not start your own Social Cycling Group? It’s a great social networking tool that allows you to find new cycling buddies, create rides and discover new routes. More information on Social Cycling Groups.

Breeze bike rides also have some great ways to help inspire women and get them back on their bikes, cycling for fun. Find out more about Breeze.