Wiggle the Only Way Sportive
It turns out the only way isn’t Essex – this sportive spills out into Suffolk for a scenic tour on rolling roads in the best unexplored parts of both counties combined. Though the climbs come thick and fast in this ride, ascent action is short and sharp so this is an ideal introduction to 100-mile sportive riding for beginners.
The July setting of The Only Way sportive complements the ride perfectly as these Essex roads are simply irresistible on a sunny Sunday morning. Venturing through an assortment of Roman and Sussex small villages in the area, you’ll see the best of both counties either side of the border on a long ride that does its best to make you enjoy the light climbs and rural roads we have picked for this day on the bike.
Starting on the outskirts of Colchester, in the Colchester Community Stadium, the ride will signpost you north and up towards Hadleigh – edging out for a long loop on quiet country lanes away from traffic – out towards Needham Market. Coming back west, you’ll ride out to Bildeston before heading north and crossing into Suffolk. Before leaving the county you’ll pass through Lavenham, described as ‘the best preserved medieval town in England’ by tourist boards.
You’ll re-enter Essex by Bures – a place that hosts the only recorded sighting of a dragon, dating back to 1405! Only 15 more miles of riding will stand before you and a finisher’s medal as you cruise back into Colchester and complete the long circular two-county loop.
Event Location: Weston Homes Community Stadium , Colchester