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Potholes postpone biking occasion

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Potholes postpone biking occasion

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Stewart Ambrose

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About 550 riders have been due to participate within the annual Boxford Twister in Suffolk on Sunday

An annual biking occasion that includes 550 riders has been postponed as a result of the route is “peppered” with potholes, organisers stated.

The Boxford Twister in south Suffolk was on account of happen on Sunday.

However the organising committee stated, having risk-assessed the route, the highway circumstances have been “unsafe” for a mass-participation occasion.

Suffolk County Council stated it was working by way of a “backlog” of highway repairs after the “worst winter”.

Boxford Twister’s organising committee stated the choice to postpone “has not been taken flippantly” and it had been rescheduled for 1 July.

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Boxford Bike Membership

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The membership meets within the south Suffolk village of Boxford, however the Twister is open to non-members

In a press release on the web site, it stated: “The route makes use of many smaller again lanes and rural roads that are sadly peppered with a excessive variety of probably harmful potholes and particles from flooding.”

It stated the required repairs is not going to be accomplished in time for the occasion – now in its seventh 12 months.

Riders who have been due to participate stated on social media they have been “gutted” however it was a “completely comprehensible” determination.

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It has been rescheduled for 1 July

Boxford Bike Membership chairman Paul Barnett stated the Twister, which has 40 and 60 mile (64km and 97km) choices, bought out in 9 days.

The longer route goes from Boxford and winds its approach by way of Kersey, Hitcham, Woolpit and Elmswell to Ixworth.

It then heads again south to Boxford by way of Thurston, Felsham, Thorpe Morieux and the Waldingfields.

Mr Barnett stated cash raised goes into Boxford neighborhood initiatives.

Jane Storey, Suffolk County Council’s cupboard member for highways, transport and rural points, stated: “It is a disgrace that the occasion has been cancelled, however this has been the worst winter since data started and we’re getting on high of the backlog.”

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