Suffolk Sunrise - 100 mile road ride - Sunday 13th May 2012

Sunday 13th May and the first of back-to-back weekend events for some of the Woodbridge Surfers.  
What does the 0 stand for in 06:00 hrs?  Oh my God, it's early.  Oh yes, Dave H, Ian C,   Ian H, Maysty and I rendezvoued in Woodbridge at 06:00 hrs and then travelled to this year's start at Framlingham.  

We left as part of the first group of riders at 07:00 hrs - a chilly,but dry start.
We headed back towards Woodbridge and stopped for our first drink break at Sutton with 20 miles completed.  Time for tea and Chocolate Tracker bars, then back on the road.  Familiar countryside of Orford and Snape, then Knoddishall for lunch at 50 miles.  It was only 10:30 hrs, but that didn't stop us devouring full plates of bread, pasta, meat and salad, followed by tea and cake. 
We headed up the coast, passing the Ship at Dunwich without stopping for a pint.  We turned inland and crossed the A12 at Blythburgh.  This was a now a new route for us all.  The warmth of the lunch break had been replaced by gusting wind.  We reached the final drink stop, Rumburgh, in need of more tea and cake.  Just 30 miles to go! 

After a few miles we turned into the wind for the final leg of our journey.  With 86 miles completed everything was going well.  No incidents, no mechanicals, not a single puncture.  The 87th mile was more problematic.  A rub of tyres, a tuck and roll.  Blood on the tarmac.  A few plasters and some electricians tape.  After 10 minutes we were off again.
The towers of Framlingham appeared and the ride was over.
Highlights for me were Dave forcing back 8 energy gels and Maysty freewheeling for half the ride.

A great ride.  Well organised and a fantastic way to see some beautiful parts of Suffolk.  Put a date in your diary for Sunday 12th May 2013.
Look out for a medical update when those damaged fingers can type again.

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