Nearly 300 cyclists take part in Boxford event

CYCLING MANIA: Organisers were bowled over by the number of cyclists who turned out to take part in a non-competitive event in Boxford.
CYCLING MANIA: Organisers were bowled over by the number of cyclists who turned out to take part in a non-competitive event in Boxford.
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BRIGHT sunshine helped attract hundreds of cyclists to Boxford on Sunday morning for a non-competitive bike ride organised by the village’s successful cycling club.

Nearly 300 people turned out to be part of the Boxford Tornado Grand Cycling Sportive, named after the village’s famous motorcyling daredevil, George “Tornado” Smith, and his barrel-shaped riding cylinder, the Wall of Death. Sportives are long-distance, mass participation cycling events held annually.

Boxford Bike Club chairman Paul Barnett said hundreds of people turned up on the day without first pre-registering.

He said: “We had about 70 entrants before the day and then we were amazed to have another 200 people just turn up on the day.

“The whole event went extremely well and we have raised £1,500 which will go to local charities. Most of the comments we had said how good the signage was, but we did have one inexperienced cyclist end up in Bury – though he made it back to Sudbury and called his worried partner from home to let her know he was ok.”

Cyclists took part in either a 60-mile, 40-mile or 20-mile ride and the starting time for each race was staggered through the morning. Riders set off in groups of 20 at a time.