RSPB Go Wild!

RSPB Go Wild!

Your favourite off-roader is back for 2024 with the full support and backing of RSPB. Our mixed terrain cycle sportive explores the wilder parts of the beautiful Suffolk Coast. Starting at the incredible RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve before heading out to join up nature reserves and wildlife havens in the best possible way, on 2 wheels! There’s a family friendly 5m route, a 30m route and the full 65m challenge. 

This is not a road event; it’s 50% off-road with no alternative sectors, it’s a route where you will get muddy and be grinning from ear to ear. The route has been carefully planned to take in some of the best off-road and quiet country lanes that you could possibly hope for and is suitable for any bike that is at home off-road, from a retro hardtail, to a bouncy full susser, or your latest shiny new gravel bike. There’s a bit of everything on this route; wide forest tracks, rooty singletrack, gravel, sand, mud and mellow lanes.

This is no ordinary Sportive. We’ve even managed to sort out access to few trails that are not normally open to bikes giving you a unique opportunity to ride restricted trails with the full management and backing of the RSPB. Don’t miss this one!

Event Details

Date

3rd November 2024

Location

RSPB Minsmere, Sheepwash Ln, Saxmundham IP17 3BY

Event Times

Event Village Times -07:00am till 4:00pm

Whats Included

Fully Signed Routes

Fully Signposted routes with arrows at leasta every 2 miles.

Tasty Adnams

Thanks to our friends at Adnams, have a tasty beer on us at the finish to celebrate you achievement !

Food & Drink Included

All Food and drink at various drink stops are all included.

Souvenir Rider Number

You will receive a souvenir rider number for the event.

Finishers Medal

Every participant will get a custom medal when finishing.

Free Photos

All photos will be free to download after the event.

Broom wagons

Broom wagons will be available for mechanicals and support.

Great Commeraderie

Expect a warm and friendly welcome from our team and your fellow riders whatever your age or experience, whether your riding a road bike, MTB, e-bike or any other!

65 Mile

£35

30 Mile

£30

5 Mile Family (4)

£25

65 Mile Route

Returning for 2023 is our most challenging 65 mile route. This is a sunrise to sunset event, you must return within daylight, lights are compulsory.

Our aim is for you to enjoy the wild spaces and hidden gems of the Suffolk coast. You will be passing (amongst other places) 7 RSPB Nature reserves, 3 forestry woodlands, multiple SSSIs and beautiful Suffolk villages. Fantastic scenery, magical forests and even a little surprise en-route that’s totally out of this world.

Route Features

  • Distance – 65 Miles
  • Elevation – 1257ft
  • Start time – 7:30am
  • Lunch Is Included
  • Soup and a roll is included

TPR Events Difficulty Rating (This difficulty is worked out from the time constraints, elevation and riding the routes ourselves)

9/10

30 Mile Route

Our 30 mile route will show you the best that Wild Suffolk has to offer. The  RSPB Minsmere nature reserve is one of the most bio-diverse places in the whole UK, The route will take you through beautiful woodlands and open heathland, internationally important wetland habitats and rolling Suffolk farmland.

With drink stops along the way to keep you fuelled, and a warming cup of soup upon your return, its arguable the best day out you will have on a bike.

Route Features

  • Distance – 30 Miles
  • Elevation -613ft
  • Start time – 8:00am
  • Soup and a roll is Included

TPR Events Difficulty Rating (This difficulty is worked out from the time constraints, elevation and riding the routes ourselves)

6/10

5 Mile Family Adventure

Families will take on a 5 mile route around the beautiful Minsmere Nature Reserve stopping on the way to den build, minibeast hunt, deer watch, puddle splash, pose for selfies and use binoculars and telescopes with one of our expert guides in a fabulous bird hide, giving you and your family a full Minsmere experience. Families will also receive an exclusive RSPB goody bag on completing the ride.

There will be short sections of the family activity ride where you will need park your bike and walk a short distance to complete the activity, so bring a bike lock.

This 5 mile route stays within the Reserve and all led activities are included.

Entry is for a Family of 4

Route Features

  • Distance – 5 Miles
  • Elevation – 40 ft
  • Start time – 10:00am
  • Soup and a roll Is Included

TPR Events Difficulty Rating (This difficulty is worked out from the elevation and riding the routes ourselves)

2/10

RSPB Minsmere

Suffolk’s Wild Coast, with RSPB Minsmere as the beating heart. A network of beautiful wild spaces just waiting to be explored. RSPB Suffolk Go Wild Sportive is the best way to get out on your bike and find these hidden gems. Country lanes, sandy tracks, rooty singletrack, open heath, forest fireroads, vast wetlands, mud, loam, gravel: all to be found on route. The route is perfect gravel bike terrain but suits almost any kind of bike that is home off road – from CX race bikes to bouncy full sussers or your favourite old hardtail, the choice is yours. Just make sure that whatever you choose to ride you don’t mind if it gets wet, muddy and dusty and that it is up to the task.

Three trails are available, 5 miles, 30 miles and the full 65 miles. All start and finish at RSPB Minsmere where there is a café and shop plus family friendly activities, waymarked walking routes and more wildlife than you can shake a stick at. This is an event where the whole family is welcome, either riding the family friendly short route together or waiting for one of your clan to return from the medium or long route while you all enjoy the amazing reserve. 

Your entry includes a charity donation.