The Alternative E&SB 200

207km cycling event starting from Buntingford. Controls at Manningtree, Lavenham and Buntingford., plus 2 information controls.

‘The Alternative E&SB 200’ is a companion ride to the ‘Essex and Suffolk Borders 200’.

This event starts from BUNTINGFORD (HERTS) – If you want to start in Manningtree, enter the Essex and Suffolk Borders 200.

The ride starts and finishes at the Bowling Green Lane car park in Buntingford and uses commercial controls, which means I can be pretty flexible with numbers. It’s an X rated event of the ‘Essex and Suffolk Borders 200’ but starting from Buntingford instead of Manningtree. This ride will go the opposite way round so you will see get to wave at everyone on the Manningtree start.

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 Bowling Green Lane car park in Buntingford. There is an early info control at Great Chishill windmill and the next control is at the easternmost point of the ride in Manningtree. The return leg is via a control in Lavenham, with a final info control in the Manuden.

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 15-30 km/h
Duration 13h 30m
Climb 2000m
AAA Points 0
Category BR
Body Audax Club Mid-Essex
Audax Points 2
Event Number 24-202
GPS files available from organiser? Yes
Mudguards Required?
Toilets as Start?
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?
eBrevet Available?


Route Detail

Links and Downloads

2024 Event
Please be aware that the final files may not have been uploaded onto the site at time of accessing this page. Prior year files may have been provided for information/planning purposes, these are easily identifiable as the year is include in the filename. The final files are normally available the week before an event – following the route check.
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.

Please take time to review the information/routesheet documents.

The event is finished.

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