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Suffolk Punch Reliability Trial

Sunday 7th February 2016

EVENT HEAD QUARTERS – at the West Suffolk Wheelers &Triathlon Club’s HQ

On the campus of Priory School, Mount Road, Bury St Edmunds IP32 7BH

Entry via the school’s rear entrance in Shakers L\ane


Registration from 9.00am – first group away at 9.30am

Entry fee £5

Choice of three routes – 75 miles, 60 miles and 36 miles

Four average speed categories - 18, 15, 13 & 11 mph (no 11mph category for 75 miles) Certificates to all qualifiers

Course Maps

Suffolk Punch Routes

The Stallion Ride – 75 miles

1. Start at the WSW&TC HQ in Shakers Lane. LT down Eastgate Street, SO traffic lights and left across Angel Hill. TR into Churchgate St, then immediately TL up Bridewell Lane. At TJ TR into Westgate St and straight over mini roundabouts into Out Westgate and up Horringer Rd.

2. Just out of town, TL onto B1066 SP Whepstead. At bottom of Harram Hill fork-right Take care! into Pages Hill Rd SP Rede. SO at J in Rede and on to Hawkedon. At TJ on Hawkedon Green TR SP Denston and follow road to grass triangle at top of a hill and TL SP Poslingford. Through Stansfield & Poslingford and on to TJ with B1063.           

3. TR on B1063 and follow it to Stradishall. Cross staggered XR on A143 Take care! and through Wickhambrook. Continue on B1063 through Lidgate to Cropley Grove. Follow B1063 round to the left and on through Ashley and down into Newmarket.

4. At bottom of hill in Newmarket TL Take care, sharp turn into Duchess Drive 100yds past Suffolk county sign. At top of climb TL down a lane at the end of Cheveley Park’s wall no SP. At TJ in Cheveley TL SP Newmarket. At XR with B1063 go straight over to Moulton SP Moulton. TL on B1085 SP Chippenham and within ½ mile TR into Bridge St and up Primrose Hill to Gazeley SP Gazeley.

5. At TJ in Gazeley TR SP Dalham, and at far end of the village fork-left down to Dalham. At J with the B1085, on a bend, Take care! go SO SP Lidgate to Cropley Grove J and TL to Ousden SP Ousden. Through Ousden to Hargrave. At TJ in Hargrave TR SP Clare in a few yards TL to Chevington SP Chevington. Through Chevington to TJ with the A143 SP Haverhill. TR Take care! in a few yards TL SP Whepstead and on down to Whepstead. At TJ TL SP Bury and in a few yards TR on a sharp left-hand bend Take care! SP Whepstead and up Whepstead Hill to TJ with B1066.

6. TR on B1066 SP Brockley through Brockley Green to Hartest. At the village green in Hartest TL SP Chadacre and climb Hartest Hill. At TJ SP Lawshall TL to Shimpling. At bottom of hill, after very sharp left-hand bend Take care! TR SP Long Melford and ride to Bridge St. At TJ with A134 TR Take care! And immediately TL up to Lavenham.

7. At TJ with B1071 TL SP Bury and ride through centre of Lavenham. On outskirts of Lavenham, by village sign, TR SP Brettenham ride past the edge of Preston St Mary, descend steep hill and TL on a right-hand bend onto tree lined lane. At TJ on bend TR SP Felsham and follow road through Thorpe Morieux.

8. Soon after passing the Bull Inn and Union Jack roof TR down a lane SP Woolpit. At TJ TR SP Stowmarket. In Felsham TL at the Green then TL at TJ at end of Green no SP. After about a mile TR on a left-hand bend Take care! SP Hessett, Through Hessett to Beyton. At TJ in Beyton go straight across SP Thurston (village green on right) and TL at TJ Follow road under A14 to outskirts of Thurston. TL just after the 30mph signs SP Bury. Follow road to outskirts of Bury. The Thurston to Bury road is busy and single file is recommended. Midway to Bury there is a cycleway. You may wish to join it. Take care though as it is popular with walkers.

9. Ride past Flying Fortress pub, straight over roundabout (second exit), through Moreton Hall Estate to next roundabout and go straight over (second exit) down Mount Rd to TL into Shakers Lane Take care, sharp turn! and on to the WSW&TC HQ.

The Gelding Ride – 60 miles

Follow Stallion Ride to Cropley Grove and TR to Ousden Take care! then follow instructions from number 5. above.

The Pony Ride – 36 miles

Follow Stallion Ride to Hawkedon Green and TL at the TJ SP Boxted, follow lane to TJ with the B1066. TL and follow B1066 to RT on Hartest Green SP Chadacre. From then on follow instructions back from 6. above.

For more information contact event organiser Justin Wallace

tel 01359 232 151     mobile 07867 600 593     email

Don't know what a Reliability Trial is? Then check out this excellent article from Justin which explains all.

All riders must wear a cycle helmet

Download this file (Gelding.gpx)Gelding Ride GPX File[ ]294 Kb
Download this file (Pony.gpx)Pony Ride GPX File[ ]184 Kb
Download this file (Stallion.gpx)Stallion Ride GPX File[ ]347 Kb
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  • The West Suffolk Wheelers cycling club was formed in 1922 and is based in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. We have a good cross-section of cycling on offer to welcome new and experienced cyclists alike. If you wish to learn bike handling skills for on and/or off-road cycling our members have the knowledge and experience to teach you. The Club is proud of it's development work with young people, and we have coaches to guide new cyclists in their training. We are active in all areas of cycling including: Road Racing, Time Trials, Track Racing, Club Runs,Touring, Audax, Sportive, Mountain Biking and Cyclo-cross. Members also compete in triathlon competitions; the Club is recently affiliated to Triathlon England, and new triathlete members are welcomed

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