Calendar events around Cambridge and East Anglia
This page lists up-coming calendar events that start near to or pass through Cambridge, or take place in the greater East Anglia region. The list includes rides that are easy to get to on the day without a car, as well as exceptional events outside the region — looking at you, Paris. Updated July 2019
“PBP” is the blue-riband audax/randonneuring event around the world! It has been running since 1891, and is a veritable festival of cycling. Over 6000 cyclists will take part in this 1200km ride across western France to the tip of Brittany and back again. It happens only once every four years, and 2019 is one of those years. More info on Audax UK, here.
Many of the rides in the UK during March thru June are "qualifiers" for this event — to qualify you must successfully complete a Super Randonneur series of eligible rides: 200km + 300km + 400km + 600km. You pay a deposit in January when entries open, and you pay the balance on completing all four of the required BRM qualifiers.
2020/21 Audax Season
The first Essex foray of the new calendar, starting a busy time for the ACME team. This is a lovely route through north Essex, south Cambridgeshire and west Suffolk. To commemorate our friend Richard Ellis' life, tragically cut short; Richard's family have manned some of the controls for the last four years and will be at Maglia Rosso again this year; Andy Terry hosted everyone for the third control in Manningtree last year and may do so again this, TBC.
[Enter the 200 >][19-388]
There is also a shorter 100km route, ideal for ECEing to 200km.
[Enter the 100 >][19-387]
It feels like the end of the year, but it's actually the beginning of the new audax season and October is the time to get the winter bike out and enjoy the change in seasons!
For this autumnal adventure, the route takes you exactly due east across the gently rolling Suffolk landscape via the old towns of Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds and Debenham to the historic castle-and-market town of Framlingham for lunch. The return route visits the Maglia Rosso bike-haven in Hawstead for afternoon tea, before re-ascending the chalk ridgeline around Cambridge and a long descent back to the plains below.
After being forced a week later last year due to a prior booking in the hall, it's back to its usual slot on the third Saturday in October this year.
For some riders the new audax season starts with that first long ride that leads into the second long ride and so on. We all started somewhere!
This is an exciting route that takes in a series of long, steady climbs through the hills south of Cambridge and visits the historic towns of Thaxted, Saffron Walden and Linton. Over a third of the route is on narrow lanes, the rest being a mix of quiet C, B and A roads. Navigation is straightforward and the scenery should be fantastic!