Three rides, three consecutive Saturdays in December, gradually increasing in distance leading to the winter solstice ride on the last weekend covering 100 miles multi surface epic train lines ride. A note if you plan on joining in, these rides are very unorganised. The route is below with a time and date which a few friends and I will be riding and inviting you to join in. Whether you ride with us, ride on your own, bring your crew, ride fast, ride slow, stop at cafes, have a picnic, follow the route, go off piste, its up to you. The idea of this is to get out for an adventure and enjoy some muddy mid-winter riding in some of the best parts of the area.
The three rides begin with the aerodrome ride, 38km around Beccles. A real nice introduction ride to see some of the best bridleways that Beccles has to offer. This ride should be around 2 hours but as always ride it as slow or as fast as you like. Second up is the Quarries extended loop. This one takes you around the quarries in the area, some working and some re-purposed. This one is a step up from the aerodrome and could take you well over 4 hours. The last but certainly not the least is the legendary train lines ride. 100 miles loop taking in the Marriotts way and Weavers way which are old repurposed train lines north of Norwich. This ride is definitely not for the faint of heart as it takes some serious undertaking. The last time I rode it the elapsed time was 8 hours and 30 minutes. So be prepared. Some FAQ’s and guidelines below the routes.
What bike do I need?
Anything that you feel comfortable in taking off road. You may and probably will encounter deep mud, rocks, grass, gravel, road, water. MTB, Gravel Bike, Hardtail, Full Sus, CX Bike, E-Bike, Road bike with knoblies??
How hard/long are the rides?
Depends on how hard you ride them. Off road riding is always going to be harder than road riding, so 38km with 50/50 on/off road is going to take a lot more effort than all road. Take this is into account when calculating how long it will take. 15-20kmh is a good guideline for a average cyclist.
What do I need to bring with me?
Whatever you want. Its all about being self sufficient so bring everything that will help you get home and be warm if you got stuck somewhere.
No one to ride with?
Use the social media posts to see who’s riding and get in contact to see if you can join in!
This is an unsupported, unmarshalled, unsigned uninsured ride.
This ride is a gathering of like minded cyclists looking to enjoy a social ride together.
You ride as individuals and therefore are self supported and responsible for your own actions against yourself and others.
Some of the routes take place on bridleways and byways and there are laws and rules for both. https://www.gov.uk/right-of-way-open-access-land/use-public-rights-of-way
The route is a guide and should be researched and checked before.
Bicycles are NOT permitted on footpaths.
We share the paths and roads with other users and we should always behave within the law and follow the highway code.
Do not litter, it’s an offense.
Make yourself known to other users of the bridleway or byways. A simple ‘Morning’, ‘Afternoon’ or ‘Evening’ when approaching goes a long way.
Slow down and be prepared to stop for dogs, they can be unpredictable.
Slow down and be prepared to stop for pedestrians, it’s not safe or nice to have a bunch of cyclists hurtling by you at speed.
Slow down and be prepared to stop for horses they can spook if they don’t hear or see you coming.