From the Hill of Health to Deadman’s Grave, the Mille Maglia sportive test
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The Mille Maglia cyclo-cross sportive challenged riders with a combination of off-road tracks and rural byroads.
After skirting Bury St Edmunds and passing the remote hamlet of Culford Heath the route went from the Hill of Health at Culford to the Deadman’s Grave near Icklingham via sandy tracks with big puddles.
Finally came a determination test for riders aiming for the full hundred kilometres - resist the temptations of the Maglia Rosso cafe/bike shop at Hawstead and first tackle a final loop culminating in a steep climb through Chadacre Park.
Early arrivals at the Maglia Rosso included Adrian Healey (Gipping RT) showing muddy evidence of an unsuccessful attempt to hop from one Land-Rover track rut to another.
Later Patrick Crew (Boxford Bike Club) finished the 70 kilometre route on his gravel bike. That’s a drop handlebar, longish wheelbase machine, which even though featuring wide tyres still has massive clearances.
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