Places for the Wiltshire Wildcat on Sunday March 15, the opening event in Cycling Weekly’s 2014 Sportive Series, are filling up fast.
The Wiltshire Wildcat could be the most beautiful sportive in England. The event is based at Salisbury Racecourse in Wiltshire criss-crosses the medieval Drovers Trails, Saxon villages of Wiltshire and North Dorset.
The constant views over the Downs are simply stunning. Are the routes challenging? Oh yes, to get to the views, you have to climb to the top of the Downs, so if you’ve spent a winter turbo training, this sportive will get you back in the zone.
There are three route lengths on offer: Epic (£35, 80 miles), Standard (£35, 62 miles) and Short (£25, 34 miles).
The route from the racecourse drops down to follow the River Ebble which runs parallel to the Ox Drovers trail, through iconic Saxon Villages until Long Bottom, where the toughest climb crosses the Drovers Trail up onto Ashmore Down. On the top of Ashmore Down you will have stunning views of Sheppards Bottom and Mebury Wood.
Then onto Fontwell Magna and the River Stour Valley which takes you through fabulous country side and villages, until Sutton Waldron, where another demanding climb brings you to the top of Sutton Hill. Smugglers lane connects you to the old Roman Road and an interesting section through the “Tarrants” until you arrive at ‘the Cliff’. A sharp hairpin bend starts the climb along Garston Down, and further along to Woodminton Down, past old Hill Forts, until the route drops sharply away over the Ox Drovers Trail back down to the River Ebble.
The final section is completed by the final climb home, back to the Racecourse, so… don’t forget to leave some energy for this final assault!
The finish will be a welcome sight, where the riders will receive a quality goody bag and a well deserved medal! Post event refreshments and massages will also be waiting.
When you sign on to any CW Sportive Series event you will qualify for 30% off SiS products and 25% off Cycleplan insurance.
Wiltshire Wildcat Sportive 2014
Location: Salisbury Race Course, Netherhampton, Salisbury, SP2 8PN
Start time: 8.00am – 9.00am
What else is included?
- Finishing medal
- Event centre facilities and parking
- Mechanical Support
- Full route marking
- Rider public liability insurance
- Free energy drink + energy snacks
- Electronic chip timing
- Bike wash facilities
- Web results service
- Emergency support
- On site catering
- Plus, you’ll be able to purchase event photographs from www.sportivephoto.com
For more details and event entry visit www.bookmyride.co.uk
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Cycling Weekly’s web editor Nigel Wynn took up the challenge of riding the first in our series of sportives. His
Expanded Cycling Weekly Sportive series, which now includes 10 events around the UK, will be sponsored by Swiss cycle clothing