Entries are still open for the 2014 Tour of Worcester sportive, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.
Two route distances are offered, both taking riders through the tough, undulating roads of the Worcestershire countryside over 92 miles (148km) or 62 miles (100km).
The long route is based on the 2007 Tour of Britain stage in the area with several iconic climbs and a few others they didn’t use. Both routes are quite hilly and the shorter distance should not be underestimated even if it does have fewer hills.
Both routes head out of Worcester in a clockwise direction taking in the classic climbs of Malvern and Ankerdine before splitting. The long route goes on to take in an extra loop towards Tenbury Wells and a short excursion into Shropshire before returning to meet the short route again.
From here there is the chance to tackle the 25% gradient of Wynniattes Way or if you don’t feel up to it an easier option is clearly marked one mile before the climb. After this it’s a lumpy return to the finish via Holt Fleet with five listed climbs and a hot meal for all finishers at the racecourse.
The start/finish is at Worcester Racecourse in the centre of Worcester with an easy run in and out of the City and a cycle route finish to avoid the traffic. Free car parking is on site. Event entry costs £25 and teams of four or more can enter at £20 per rider.
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