The Boxford Tornado Sportive

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Back by popular demand, the annual Boxford Bike Club Sportive, The Tornado 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.
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Where and when
Boxford, Sudbury CO10, UK, UK
Start times
Sun, 23 Apr 2023
65 Mile:
9:30am |
32 Mile:
Races summary
Here's what races are 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 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 gorgeous countryside views. With 1,417ft of elevation gain, this is a nice undulating route with just the right amount of challenge and speedier sections. After a stop at the feed station located at the midway point (finish line for the 32 Mile route), those doing the 65 Mile route will complete a second loop of 33 miles with 1,319ft of elevation, again passing through quaint villages and gorgeous countryside.
What's included
  • Mechanical support
  • Food stop
  • Free event photos
  • Free refreshments at the end of the ride
  • Fully marked route
  • First aid and recovery service
How to get there
Boxford, Sudbury CO10, UK, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
There will be some parking available in the village, however this will be limited. 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 riders must be over the age of 16 on the day of the event.
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.
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Boxford Bike Club
Formed in January 2012 the club is based in the vibrant Suffolk village of Boxford catering for cyclists from the village itself and the surrounding locality. Their primary aim is to promote cycling in the area and to provide a platform for all abilities, genders, ages and interests in a relaxed fully inclusive environment.
View more Boxford Bike Club eventsExternalLink
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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