Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk, CB8 0TF.
From start to finish, the beautiful quite lanes are constantly up and down like a restless child, the small climbs robbing you of momentum, then the following descents gifting it back. Many of the inclines are so slight you’ll not notice them until the legs send back a message to click down a gear or two, their increase in gradient invisible to the naked eye. Visiting the three counties of Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex the routes navigate around the towns of Haverhill, Saffron Walden and Sudbury thus avoiding areas of congestion allowing you to enjoy the free-flowing traffic free roads. From one idyllic village to the next between the high hedgerows and farmland your cares will simply drift away as you cruise around this sleepy part of England. Lacking savage climbs but continuously undulating the Suffolk Spring Classic is perfect to wake the legs up from their winter hibernation or to begin your Sportive journey. Featured climb: Ashdon Hill The profile of this route resembles an upturned saw, just one with very small teeth. Look hard enough however and you’ll spy the odd tooth with a slightly sharper edge, like Ashdon Hill which features on the 80-mile route. An arrow straight line of 5% gradient this somewhat testing ascent, although no Kardknot Pass, is just about tough enough to allow the skinny riders a chance to show off.