By Nick Bull
The best of British will be among those competing in this month’s National B-ranked Hitter Road Race, the headline attraction in the BMW Herefordshire Festival of Sport.
Organised and promoted by the NFTO Race Club, the 148-kilometre road race on September 19 includes the challenging Dorstone Hill, a 1.6-kilometre climb that ramps up to 25 per cent in places.
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NFTO, JLT-Condor, Raleigh-GAC, Madison-Genesis are among those UCI Continental-ranked squads to have signed up for the race, for which the winner will receive £4,000.
The King of the Mountain victor – he who reaches the top of Dorstone Hill first – will receive their weight in Dorothy Goodbody’s Pedal Pusher Ale.
Hereford’s King George V Playing Fields is the race’s HQ and also the site for the two-day Festival of Sport, the programme of which also features a Ride Herefordshire Sportive.
The amateur event offers routes of 40, 90 and 161 kilometres across picturesque countryside.
For more details visit www.herefordshirefestivalofsport.co.uk; online entries for the sportive can be made at www.herefordshirefestivalofsport.co.uk/online-entry.
Online entries for the sportive close on Friday (September 4), although entries will be accepted on the day for the two shorter distances.
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