Keen to open my Audax account for 2022, and lacking any nearby calendar events, I opted to create a DIY entry. Given the time of year and increased likelihood of abandoning, I decided to keep the route close to train stations - and then made these stations the targets of the ride. I was pleasantly surprised to be joined at the start (Norwich station) by two others - Paul Andrew and Steve Chapman.
It was an overcast but fairly mild (about 5 degrees C) start to the ride!
Bit of a headwind getting down to Diss, but we took turns well. Short stop for a snack.
Stronger headwind encouraged us to stop at a corner shop by the station's level crossing for sausage rolls and pasties. No coffee unfortunately! Bit slow getting through this congested part of the town.
A quiet station in a lumpy part of Suffolk.
We were getting a bit tired by this point (what with the lumpy terrain and the headwind), and promised ourselves a cafe stop at Bury St Edmunds.
We had enough snacks and drinks to carry on, and should expect a bit of a tailwind now that we were heading north. So no need for a cafe!
This was the western-most point of the ride, and we had still been getting a lot of headwind since Bury St Edmunds. Quite tired (especially Steve) and there was a Norwich-bound train arriving in 10 minutes... but we all kept going. Definitely should be a tailwind now!
Okay, time for a cafe. We found a greasy spoon on the main street, and chips were served in double-quick time - perfect! Ingestion of caffeine was also much appreciated. The hoped-for tailwind had helped us, and spirits were high as we headed towards Thetford.
We were still going fairly strong, although a stretch of twisty cycle-path across a park (and river) gave a welcome distraction from the main roads that we'd been on.
A quick stop here, and only a slight temptation to stop at the nearby St Georges Distillery.
Still making good time with the tailwind.
This stop was a good marker, as it meant that we had less than 20 miles left - so about an hour more cycling.
To visit this station we had to do a short diversion off the fairly straight route back to Norwich, but were determined to complete the set!
This station has two platforms with road access from two completely different places. We came across the entrance on the north side first, so decided not to bother visiting the southern entrance - although Paul (trying to stick to the route) was keen on doing so!
Steve peeled off as we reached western Norwich, so only Paul and I appear in the photo back at the station. Steve still did the distance though - completing 133 miles on the day!
In planning this ride, I imported it into cycling.routes.fun and could analyse the route between stations - and print off a route card for sticking to my top tube!
Ride on 2022-01-16 07:09:28, at with 2 others
Strong day’s ride with Paul & Steve ??
250km in 9:08:55
|Average speed||27.3 kmh|
|Max speed||46.1 kmh|
|Average heart rate||133 bpm|
|Average power||163 Watts|
|Elevation gain||1325 metres|
05 February 2023 (Sunday): West Suffolk February Cross