Monster success

A big thank-you to all those who made Sunday’s inaugural Cycling Weekly Lakeland Monster Miles event in Keswick such a success. With some 700 riders tackling either the 100 or 71km courses, the craze for mixed terrain sportives looks set to continue.

Despite the typically blustery Lake District conditions the general consensus was it had been fantastic day’s riding in this most picturesque setting. A perfect mix of quiet lanes and tracks made for a challenging and rewarding outing and most riders were ready to sign up for more next year.

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If you fancy a more conventional ride, there are still places available for this Sunday’s Box Hill Original sportive, our final promotion of 2013. We’ve had a phenomenal response for this end-of-season classic, with 2,000 riders having already booked a place by press day. We’re filling up fast, but don’t panic, as entries will still be taken on the line. Venue is the famous Epsom Downs Racecourse.

There is a choice of three routes: the 103-mile epic, a 80-mile ‘standard’ ride and for magazine
editors and the other less fit riders, a 44-mile circuit. All three rides feature the iconic slopes of Box Hill, the main climb in last summer’s Olympic road race.

Registration is from 7am, with last riders starting at 9am. Book your place at Book My Ride. See you on Sunday.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly