Just realised I am at least semi-pro because I am training on part of the route for the Women's Tour.
That will probably explain the mobs of 'racers' I encountered last Sunday
I do really hope they get the road sweepers out on the course to clean the sand and gravel off the steep blind bends or life might be 'interesting'.
I also hope they stay well out of the 'cycle lanes' because the road surface is generally very poor.
As well as usually blocked by parked vehicles.
[Edit] I will say that it looks a cracking route
[Edit 2] I've just looked at the route map again and noticed the key includes QOM 1 & 2. I assume that this is Queen of the Mountain. Mountain? In Suffolk/Essex? 'Avin a larf!!