Start: Ipswich Hammatt St. parking lot, behind Market Street and Central Street map to start
Directions: From I-95, take Rt. 133 east to the center of Ipswich. Turn right one block before downtown center. Hammatt St. parking lot will be on your left. From Rt. 1, take Ipswich Rd. from Topsfield. Cross tracks and turn left at the Institution for Savings, then bear right. Parking lot will be on your right.
Time Sunday, April 8, 2012: 10:00 am
Distances: 24, 37, 50 and 62 miles
What to expect: The Best of Ipswich ride features our favorite cycling favorite roads from downtown Ipswich with a great mix of state forests, cycling along the Ipswich River, and scenic ocean vistas from Crane Beach and Jeffreys Neck, returning through the historic district of Ipswich. The medium ride heads west to Bradley Palmer State Park, then turns to some nice local roads in Hamilton and Essex. The long ride adds on Perkins Row, River Road in Topsfield and parts of Willowdale State Forest. The extra long ride is a metric century and adds on some great hills in Topsfield. The Short Ride eliminates all but the most modest hills and Jeffreys Neck, and takes a shortcut on the road through Bradley Palmer State Park.
Download cue sheets and map below and bring with you. Only a few cue sheets will be available at the ride. Download the GPX files for the Garmin Edge cycling computers under Export in the right navigation bar at the RideWithGPS map. Familiarize yourself with the route before arriving, or follow people who are familiar with the route.
Road Mark: A dotted letter I, turned in the direction of travel.