Essex and Suffolk Borders 200

207km cycling event starting from Manningtree. Controls at Buntingford – Collect A Receipt, Lavenham – Collect A Receipt and Manningtree., plus 1 information control.

A 200 km figure of 8 ride starting from Manningtree train station that goes to Hertfordshire & back. (Make sure you’re entering the correct ride as there’s also an option to start from Buntingford!)

This event starts from MANNINGTREE – If you want to start in Buntingford, enter the The Alternative E&SB 200. This is a CALENDAR EVENT, if you want to ride it as a permanent event version you can get more details here: Essex and Suffolk Borders 200.

The ride starts and finishes at Manningtree train station and the only non commercial control will be a low key affair at the Great Chishill windmill. This means I can be pretty flexible with numbers.

Herman Ramsey set up the Green & Yellow Fields 300 and Asparagus & Strawberries 400. This event is designed to complement those two rides and is also based on one of Herman’s original rides. It starts from the station car park in Manningtree. This means it’s easy to get to the start on public transport from London, Colchester, Stowmarket, Norwich etc. From Manningtree the ride crosses over the boundary between Essex and Suffolk a number of times. The first checkpoint is at Great Chishill windmill and the westernmost control is in Buntingford. The return leg is via an info control in Manuden, with the final control in the beautiful village of Lavenham.

The route passes through many of the amazing areas, villages and towns of the region, including Dedham Vale AONB, Bures, Finchingfield, Saffron Walden, The Pelhams, Stoke by Clare, Long Melford, Lavenham and Boxford.

This would be a great first 200 km ride for anyone stepping up the distance, or if new to audax, as it’s a relatively simple route without too much climbing.

For anyone new to audax full stop there is a great video explaining the process here below

Key Information

Distance 200km (207km)
Speed 14.3-30 km/h
Duration 14h 00m
Climb 1433m
AAA Points 0
Category BRM
Body Audax Club Mid-Essex
Audax Points 2
Event Number 24-257
GPS files available from organiser? Yes
Mudguards Required?
Toilets as Start? Yes
Shoestring Event, few or no facilities or AUK controllers? Yes
Secure(ish) luggage storage at start?
Parking at start? Yes
Free or reasonably priced refreshments at start and/or finish? Yes
eBrevet Available? Yes


Route Detail

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2024 Event
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Safety Notice
The organiser may have identified hazards along the route, such as flooding, road closures, potholes etc., and possibly provided alternative routes to avoid them.

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