The Boxford Tornado Sportive

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The Boxford Tornado Sportive
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Back by popular demand, the annual Boxford Tornado Sportive promises to be an epic day of cycling. The route will take cyclists through quiet rural roads and the rolling countryside of beautiful South Suffolk. Come for an inclusive day out and fantastic atmosphere.
65 Mile and 32 Mile
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Sun, 28 Apr 2024
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Boxford, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Boxford, Sudbury CO10, UK, UK
Start times
Sunday, 28 Apr 2024
65 Mile: 9:30 am32 Mile: 10:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The Boxford Tornado Sportive
65 Mile
2 Loops
32 Mile
1 Loop
Route information
Starting at Boxford Playing Fields, Homefield, Boxford, Suffolk, CO10 5PB, cyclists riding the full 65 mile course will set out on a 32 mile loop of the quiet country roads surrounding Boxford. You will pass through several quaint villages and witness some lovely countryside views. With 1,417ft of elevation gain, this is a nice undulating route with just the right amount of challenge and speedier sections. On returning to Boxford, cyclists will head out on the second loop (new for 2024) of 33 miles with 1,484ft of elevation, again passing through quaint villages and gorgeous Constable country. The feed station is approximately ¼ of a mile into the second loop. Participants wishing to ride only one loop will have the option of riding either loop 1 or 2. Total climb is similar but loop 1 has more challenging hills whilst loop 2 has more gentle climbs.
What's included
  • Mechanical support
  • Food stop
  • Free event photos
  • Free BBQ at the end of the ride
  • Fully marked route
  • First aid and recovery service
  • Mobile mechanic
How to get there
Boxford, Sudbury CO10, UK, UK
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Free parking is available on the village playing fields. You are encouraged to car share where possible. Or even warm up by cycling to the start!
Event day logistics
09:30 65 Mile ride starts
10:00 32 Mile ride starts
Feed Stations
There will be a feed station at the halfway mark of the 65 Mile route, as well as post-ride barbecue!
Age Requirements
All participants under the age of 18 must submit a British Cycling consent form completed by their parent/guardian. Parental consent forms will be available at registration or may be download from the British Cycling website. Riders under the age of 16 must also be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Why is the event called The Tornado?
The Sportive is named after Tornado Smith who lived in the village and was known as a daredevil motor cyclist and for his pet lion that could often be seen in and around the village of Boxford being walked on a lead. Sadly the lion had to be put down at the outset of the Second World War and is buried in the courtyard of the White Hart Public House where the rides start from.
How old must I bet to take part in the Boxford Tornado Sportive?
All riders must be over the age of 16 on the day of the event.
When should I arrive at the Boxford Tornado Sportive?
You should arrive 45 minutes before the start to allow time to register and warm up.
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