East Suffolk is a wonderful place to tour by bike, as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with many of Suffolk’s coastal towns situated along National Cycling networks, it offers year round cycling.
If you are looking for inspiration for your next cycle ride have a look at the following websites:
East Suffolk will once again welcome the Women’s Tour, starting in Haverhill and ending in Felixstowe on Saturday October 9. The Women’s Tour is one of biggest free to watch sports events, inspiring people to get out on their bicycles. Ride for Heroes
The Women’s Tour and British Cycling have teamed up to launch Ride for Heroes which will celebrate Britain’s key workers and community heroes. Each stage start and finish venue will play host to a special ride out to allow spectators their chance to say thank you to the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you know a key worker or community hero then nominate now for them to cycle ahead of the Women’s Tour when it comes to Suffolk on Saturday 9 October.
Women on Wheels events are mass participation female-only bike rides, that put a strong focus on the fun, friendly and inclusive aspects of cycling, usually raising money for a local charity. They are aimed at non-cyclists and existing cyclists alike, with routes of an achievable distance and are open to all ages.
2019 was a fantastic year for WOW with over 350 women and girls taking part in one of the rides and raising an estimated £12,000 for local charities. Sadly all events in 2020 had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Keep coming back to the website in the new year for updates or why not follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get regular updates, handy tips and information on cycling in your area.
Cycling is a great way to maintain your mental and physical health. Check out the Ride Healthy website if you are new to riding or want to promote cycling in your area.
If you are a key worker and/or cannot work from home, cycling frees up space on public transport for those who can't ride, incorporates exercise into your day, is very low cost and good for the environment. We've got lots of support to help you ride, including the Urban Cycling Skills webinar (register to find out about future webinars) and the Ride Healthy website.
During the first lockdown there was a 300% increase in cycling in some places in the UK. Many people reported finding quieter roads much more enjoyable to ride on. Traffic levels are likely to be much lower than usual this month, so if you haven't ridden in winter before, now is a great opportunity to give it a go.