Britain's best teams sign up for this month's Hitter Road Race

Race forms part of this year's Herefordshire Festival of Sport - online sportive entries close on Friday.

Ed Clancy racing at the Tour Series. Photo: Andy Jones

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.

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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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Nick Bull

Nick Bull is an NCTJ qualified journalist who has written for a range of titles, as well as being a freelance writer at Beat Media Group, which provides reports for the PA Media wire which is circulated to the likes of the BBC and Eurosport. His work at Cycling Weekly predominantly dealt with professional cycling, and he now holds a role as PR & Digital Manager at SweetSpot Group, which organises the Tour of Britain.