Hundreds flock to the coast for first ever Southwold Cycle Sportive
PUBLISHED: 12:35 11 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 11 April 2018
Around 500 avid cyclists descended on Southwold to take part in the first year of a major cycling event.
The Southwold Cycle Sportive, which took place on Sunday, April 8, featured a variety of races for riders of all abilities and even featured a rare off-road section.
In tribute to the Paris-Roubaix, held on the same day, cyclists had the chance to travel down five optional ‘Roubaix Challenge’ shortcuts along rough and muddy paths.
Organiser Helen Rainbow said: “It was brilliant - this is the first time we have done an event like this.
“The off-road sections went down really well, a lot of people were up for the challenge.”
She added: “The camaraderie between cyclists was lovely, they were stopping and helping each other when they got stuck.
“It was a grand success.”
The ride, which is organised by Pedal Revolution and Adnams, helped raise vital funds for local charities and bike projects and will be returning again next year.