The Wiggle New Forest 100 sportive, which takes place on this weekend, Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October is at full capacity, with no entries on the line being taken. Around 6,000 cyclists have signed up for the Hampshire event.
To avoid queues in the morning of each day’s riding, there’s an opportunity for participants to pre-register the night before. Saturday riders can therefore register on Friday night between 4.30-6.30pm and Sunday’s riders can register between 4.30-6.30pm on Saturday evening.
Riders could choose routes of 41, 70 and 102-miles around the New Forest National Park.
The event will hopefully pass without any controversy. At the New Forest Spring Sportive in April this year, tacks were laid on the roads and some signs were either torn down or defaced. Similar acts of sabotage at other British sportives have also been reported this year.
The New Forest in particular has been the scene of conflict, boasting as it does a strong horse-riding community, some of which has not taken kindly to the surge of cycle events visiting the area. As well seeing their opportunity to ride restricted, they have bemoaned the alleged agitation caused to horses by the stream of cyclists riding past.
Local paper, the Southern Daily Echo, reports that a pony round-up has been cancelled due to the New Forest 100 despite local authorities being aware of this weekend’s event taking place when it was booked last year.
Rising tension has prompted the New Forest National Park Authority to bring together 19 groups in order to make amendments to the Cycle Event Organisers Charter and to the Cycling Code of Conduct. Discussions are ongoing and mirror the nationwide process of adaptation to a rocketing number of cyclists and sportives on UK roads.