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Suffolk Sunrise Cycle Race

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Popular Charity Cycle Sportive

The fabulous backdrop of Framlingham College and Framlingham Castle at the start of RIDE Suffolk Sunrise is a sight to behold.

One of the biggest charity sportives in the East, boasting over 900 riders, RIDE Suffolk Sunrise has been a firm favourite fixture in the May cycling calendar for over a decade.

With flat and fast routes it is an ideal sportive for experienced riders to lay down an early-season benchmark, and for newer riders to tackle longer rides for the first time! Taking riders through the quiet coastal lanes of Suffolk the ride passes through many villages and towns with routes back to the Anglo Saxons.

Expect a great day in the saddle with the team on this Action Medical Research cycling event with first-class support throughout the day. Help us raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.

Key Information

  • Date: 21 May 2023
  • Location: Framlingham College, College Road
  • Cool 42 Miles: £32.00
  • Classic 65 Miles: £42.00
  • Champion 102 Miles: £42.00

Suffolk Cycle Route details

42 Miles

Cool Route

42 Miles: £32.00

Registration: 08.30 - 09.00

Start Time: 09.00 - 09.15

65 miles

Classic Route

65 Miles: £42.00

Registration: 07.45 - 08.30

Start Time: 08.15 - 09.00

102 miles

Champion Route

102 Miles: £42.00

Registration: 06.30 - 07.45

Start Time: 07.00 - 08.15

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Action Cyclists


This was my first sportive. I thoroughly enjoyed every mile. It was very well organised and the support I received on route, at the refreshment stops and at the finish was fantastic. I will be entering next years event without doubt. A huge thank you to everyone who supported the event.

M Green - 2019 Rider
view from framlingham castle


Framlingham Castle provides an impressive backdrop to our RIDE Suffolk Sunrise sportive.

Setting off from the grounds of historic Framlingham College, founded in 1864 in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, Prince Consort, whose statue takes pride of place at the front of the College. The sprawling 85-acre site offers ample free parking and plenty of room to social distance.

Find out more about Framlingham College.

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feed stations

Our team of volunteers will be on hand to help refuel your ride.

With four feed stations serving up a selection of snacks and hot and cold drinks, we're sure to have everything you need to refuel, replenish and get you back on the road. Feed stations can be found at:

  • Little Bealings - Champion, Classic & Cool 22 miles
  • Fressingfield - Champion 56 miles
  • Peasenhall - Classic 52 miles
  • Holton and Blyford - Champion 82 miles

(*Distances are approximate and subject to change)

e-bikes welcome

Growing in popularity over recent years, the past year has seen a huge surge in the sale of e-bikes. Hopefully, this means that the sport we love is becoming accessible to so many more people which we're absolutely thrilled about! 

We very much welcome e-bikes on all of our RIDE Series sportives.

what's included

stop watch

chip timing

Spanner and Screwdriver

mechanical support



Knife, fork and bottle of drink

feed stations



medical case

medical assistance


motorcycle outriders

Alex Dowsett

I’ve had the pleasure of being involved with quite a few Action events now and I love the fact that you can sign up to one of Action’s Ride100 events and know that – as well as having a great time and challenging yourself – you’ll also be helping to save tiny lives.

Alex Dowsett


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steph mottram

the event team

Organising rides, for riders, by riders!

Steph started racing triathlon in 2014 achieving silver at the Age-Group World Championships, before joining Team Torelli racing the National Series and UCI road races. More recently she has switched to Endurance Riding holding the RRA Circuit of the Yorkshire Dales NP and riding 483 miles at the National 24 hour Time Trial.

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Can you spare the time to help?

Our RIDE Series depends on the generosity of volunteers who give up their time to ensure that participants have the best possible day in the saddle. We're always looking for willing volunteers to help support our rides so please get in touch if you think you can spare some time, and in return, we'll give you a free ride!

frequently asked questions

Where can I park?

We have FREE car parking on site. This will be clearly marked when entering Framlingham, kindly managed by the local Rotary Club.

When will my Race Pack Arrive?

Your race pack will be sent to you by Royal Mail in the 10 days before the event. This will contain your number, timing chip and start time. Should this not be with you by the 14th May there will be spares available to collect on the day.

Do I need insurance?

We recommend that you have appropriate cover for you and your bike.

Are spare parts available for my bike?

Yes, for most common bikes. Spares are chargeable.

What happens if I get lost or get into difficulties on the day?

On the day you will be given a contact number for our ride control, who will help with any issues.

How long do I have to complete the ride?

The ride closes at 6.00pm. Very slow riders may be picked up and moved on.

Do I need to wear a cycle helmet?

You must wear a cycle helmet to take part.

How old do I need to be to take part?

You must be at least 16 on the day of the event to take part; if you are under 18 you must be accompanied by an adult.

What facilities are available?

There will be fuel/hydration stops, which will have strict distancing and hygiene controls in place. We will only provide pre-wrapped food items. Please bring a few extra of your own supplies as a back-up.

Toilets will be available, which will also have strict hygiene procedures in place that all will need to observe.

What are the timings for the day?

We will allocate you a ride time. We will be limiting the number of riders per 15 min slot to approx. We will put a process in place should you wish to alter your time slot. Please arrive as close to your start time as possible.

Can I transfer to next year or get a refund?

Yes, just let us know and we will sort that out for you. Dates for next year may are still being finalised, so you may need to bear with us for a little while.

Will social distancing be in place?

Yes. We will expect all to observe the national guidelines for social distancing. From 4 July, government guidance on social distancing is that if you cannot keep a two-metre distance, you should reduce the risk to yourself and others by maintaining a one-metre distance where possible and take suitable precautions.

How will I register at the event?

We have dispensed with registration desks. Your timing chip will automatically book you in as you cross the start line. We will have back up scanners in place to ensure that we have captured all participants on the ride. Please do not ride without a chip and speak to a member of staff if you have forgotten your chip.

Can I ride with my friends?

You will still need to follow the national guidelines for a minimum social distancing of 1m.

Will I still get a medal?

Yes, medals will be available for you to collect. But we won’t be able to present these personally.

How will I find out my time?

This will be sent you by SMS text message as you cross the line to the mobile number provided when you entered. We will also aim to publish a link to rider times on our website within a couple of days.

What if I've been feeling unwell?

If you have been feeling unwell in the 14-days prior to the event with any COVID-19 symptoms, you must NOT attend under any circumstances.

What if my bike breaks down?

We will still look after you and our mobile mechanics will get you on the road again. But if it’s terminal we will transport you back to the finish. This may take a little longer than usual as we will need to follow the guidelines for transporting passengers in vehicles.

Will local restrictions prevent the ride from happening?

If restrictions on movement and guidance around social distancing temporarily differ from those applicable elsewhere then we will respond to this accordingly. If localised restrictions prevent us from delivering the ride, we will inform you immediately.

What if restrictions are imposed where I live?

Individuals who reside in an area where localised restrictions have been imposed should follow the guidelines issued. You should not attend this ride if your location has been locked down. Please contact us to sort out the next steps.

Can friends or family meet me at the end?

Yes of course, spectators are welcome to come greet riders and celebrate with them at the finish.

I want to buy this as a gift?

What a lovely treat! When you buy as a gift you are entering the same registration process as normal. However, once you have chosen the route/distance then you'll be prompted to answer, 'who is this registration for?' Please select 'someone else...'

The email address you input here will be the email to receive all event correspondence. So you may want to choose to use a different email address, if you want to keep your gift secret. 

After you have paid you will received a confirmation of the event entry (to the email address you entered as above) so you can gift this to your rider. 

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