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Les Trois Frontières (Sportive)

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Les trois frontires (The three counties) is a remapped and reworking of the Bridport Dagger sportive. This Sportive will now touch, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, keeping parts of the old route (the good bits), and either flattening out much of the ride or making the climbs less steep.

Its the start of the summer and you want to see what those legs can do, in what is an event thats still a challenge, just not such numerous tough climbs. Reflective of a true Dorset sportive, with an undulating hilly but rolling landscape with patchwork field views, quiet back roads and chocolate box villages.

With on course support and feed stations along the route, its a chance to enjoy cycling with lots of like minded people.

How to enter the Les Trois Frontières (Sportive)

  1. Long 160km

    Bike 100mi
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  2. Medium 104km

    Bike 63mi
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  3. Short 54 km

    Bike 34mi
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Les Trois Frontières (Sportive) routes

The Short

The Short is an ideal opportunity if you want to be involved in a Sportive but don't want to have to deal with multiple miles of riding,Its Dorset so expect a few tests but we are happy for under 14's to attend for FREE, (short route only) as long as they are accompanied with an paying adult, with no cut off for the short.The route is a stunning tour of Devon, Dorset and Somerset, its rolling countryside, wide roads (as wide as possible, it is the countryside after all), and will visit many beautiful villages along the route.

The Medium

The medium route will be a visually stunning ride through the beauty of Devon, Dorset and Somerset. The route has been changed to have a much more rolling feel, less steep climbs, and more long flat straights. The climbs that are included are followed by the leg loosener downhill sections or rapid open flats, making for a more rounded sportive.

The Long

The Long can be described as free flowing, as the action takes place on rolling roads that won’t trouble your legs (much), with the occasional small peak to tackle here and there. The whole route is rolling, with more a step up of gradual climbing that an all-out up effort. The biggest test of the whole ride happens at 140km, Abbotsbury Hill, a 1.5 km max of 16% elevation.

The long route is not for the casual cyclist, this will test you. Don’t believe us? The word of the day every year is “BRUTAL”

Because of the difficulty of the long route there will be a couple of cut off’s at the course splits and one oops I’ve bitten off more than I can handle split, if you don’t make it by the cut off you will be directed onto the Medium route.

Why is it called the Dagger ?

In the past the town of Bridport saw its fame and great prosperity, for its hempen goods, and monopolized the manufacture of ropes, cables, and tackling for the fishing industry and the British Navy.

It was also here that the hangman’s rope was traditionally made which gave birth to the local proverb being ‘stabbed by a Bridport Dagger,’ Referred to anyone who had been hung by the noose, careful as in our case if your not ready for the Long route it may tighten its noose.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • All routes are signposted, and maps will be available on the day.
  • There will also be up to three Aid stations dependent on which route you tackle , including energy drinks
  • GPX and TCX are available and can be downloaded from the entry page.
  • Finisher Medal
  • On site catering
  • Photos
  • Massage available
Raceday Logistics

Sign your name and collect your number (YOUR NUMBER GOES ON THE FRONT OF YOUR BIKE)

No exceptions, if you're late, you will not be able to ride.

Its just the key points and won't take to long

As soon as the brief has finished you're off


Volunteers are always welcome at these events, so if you fancy joining the team for the day or even a few hours at registration or with parking, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to enter for free, that’s any event and any distance. If you would like more information, please email [email protected] and someone will be in touch.

Are there feed stations?

The feed stations are at 26 miles (Martinstown village hall), 50 Miles (Beaminster) for the Medium route. And 26 miles (Martinstown village hall), 55 Miles (Toller Porcorum village hall) and 76 miles (Beaminster) on the Long route, the two support cars and all the marshals also have water.

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    Simon B
    Hi - are there any spaces reserved for entry on the day? Thanks


    Steph E
    Hi there! If you skid an email to [email protected] then one of our team can help you out with this :)

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