Tortoise and the hare


The Ipswich Cycle Swarm is always a fun sportive, with a 50-mile route around the east Suffolk countryside.

In this video, Suffolk Cycling editor Simon Young is joined by his enthusiastic older brother. New to this long(ish)-distance cycling lark, the older brother still assumed he would be much quicker than his little brother, who had been cycling distances for a year.

The video shows what happened, and you’ll not be surprised to learn Aesop’s Fable, the Tortoise and the Hare, can be applied to cycling!


The route began in Christchurch Park in Ipswich and went out through Woodbridge and on to Wickham Market, Framlingham, stopping at Dennington for a cup of tea and a banana, then back to Ipswich via Saxtead and Wickham Market again.

The Ipswich Cycle Swarm has become a key date in the Suffolk Cycling calendar – just remember the Tortoise and the Hare if you plan to take part!

If you’re new to it all, there will be a shorter 25-mile route, and if you’re a seasoned lunatic, then the 100-mile route is for you.

Sportives cost money to enter, but they are run for the benefit of charities. Cancer Research UK is the traditional charity partner for the Ipswich Cycle Swarm.