The Cyclists Touring Club branch in Suffolk has regular Sunday rides which start from St Margaret’s Green in Ipswich. The ride leaders and riders are very welcoming and up to 3 guests can take part in a ride before joining the nationwide cycling charity as a member. Apart from enjoying seeing different parts of Suffolk, mostly on quiet lanes, in the company of others, it is easier to ride in a group than on your own, and CTC membership includes 3rd party liability insurance.
On Sunday 3rd May 2015, there are 3 different rides:
Easy: starting at 09:30. Easy rides are leisurely and suited to newcomers and those preferring a non-exerting pace, riding up to 50 miles in a day. Typical speeds (hills and head winds excepted) are 10-12 mph. This Sunday’s ride goes to Dedham Crafts Centre for elevensies, to Wormingford for lunch, and then Hadleigh for afternoon tea, before returning back to Ipswich.
Medium Touring: starting at 09:00. Medium touring rides are suited to club members with some experience preferring a longer ride but at a leisurely pace of 11-13 mph, covering 50-70 miles. This Sunday’s ride goes first to Boxted Fillpots for elevensies, then Chappel for lunch, and Assington Crafts for afternoon tea, before returning.
Medium Plus: starting at 08:30. This category of ride is for regular club riders looking for a brisker pace to cover longer rides. Typical average pace is 12-15 mph (again, headwinds and hills excepted). The first stop is at Mill Race Garden Centre, Fordham, followed by the Jolly Sailor Public House at Heybridge Basin. The afternoon stop is at Fillpots, Boxted.
Riders are welcome to join up at the elevensies, lunch or afternoon stops, and ride just 1, 2 or all 3 parts of the ride.
It is advisable to carry a drink and packed lunch as food is not always assured at lunch stops.