Suffolk Sunrise 2009

Yesterday I completed the Suffolk Sunrise – a charity ride in aid of Actionaid.

The 50 mile course started in Woodbridge, and, leaving at exactly 7am, myself and riding buddy Mark set off southwards through undulating countryside towards Trimley and Felixstowe.  After an initial direction-related hiccup, we followed a pack of riders and let them direct us.  Riding the full length of the High Street in Felixstowe, we arrived at the Ferry along with about 50 other riders where we queued for the boat to take us across the river Deben.

Felixstowe Ferry

Felixstowe Ferry

From here, we alighted at Bawdsey and rode the coast up through Hollesley, in perfect weather conditions.  The sky was clear and the breeze very mild for the area.  After a refreshment stop we rode on northwards, eventually passing through Orford, then up to Snape.

Leaving Bawdsey, only 36 miles to go!

Leaving Bawdsey, only 36 miles to go!

The route took  a turn south west at this point, and having guzzled an energy gel mixed with Lucozade at the halfway point, I was possessed with incredible energy.  Long, sweeping climbs (of a moderate nature) were the terrain here, and chasing down the riders in front provided amusement.

After passing through Campsea Ash and Wickham Market we were nearing the finish – but this ride – immaculately signposted at every junction so far – had a terrible sting in its tail for me.  Almost delerious from the exertion of guzzling the hills,  I missed the final turn off into Woodbridge and carried on, thus giving myself a two-mile detour.  The long, indeed seemingly endless climb back into Woodbridge and the Football Club finish line nearly finished me, but I did it, and raised some money for a good cause to boot.

The rest of the day passed in an increasing blur, because Mark and I felt richly entitled to indule in beer drinking, and so we did.  A terrific inducement to ride for charity!

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