Audax rides pull in cyclists from across the country

PEDAL POWER: Cyclists take part in Cycle Club Sudbury's Audax rides around the Suffolk countryside from Long Melford on Saturday
PEDAL POWER: Cyclists take part in Cycle Club Sudbury's Audax rides around the Suffolk countryside from Long Melford on Saturday

Cycle Club Sudbury held their second long distance Audax event of the year with riders starting out from Long Melford Village Hall on Saturday.

Entrants came from throughout East Anglia and southern England and included tandem and trike riders.

Two distances were on offer with 50 riders tackling the longer 200km ride at 8am, riding as far as Harwich Quay to the south and Ixworth and West Stow to the north.

The last pair back to the Village Hall arrived at 9.15pm after having been on the road for 13-and-a-quarter hours.

The shorter ride of 100km, which left at 9am, attracted 45 riders and followed a circular route as far as Risby and Elmswell in the north, before returning back to Long Melford through the Suffolk countryside lanes.

With only two riders not finishing, organiser Peter Whiteley was pleased with the positive feedback he received from the entrants who had enjoyed all the best that rural Suffolk in the sunshine has to offer.

Unfortunately, the day was soured with a rider from Cambridge having his new bike stolen from outside the head quarters after the event.

His misery was compounded when he realised that his car keys were still in his bike bag and he then had to hastily arrange transport back to his home.