Great South West Sportive

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Great South West Sportive
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Immerse yourself in the wonderful South West region and all the best roads it has to offer. All 3 distances in this sportive take brilliant routes and will be fully supported with mechanics, medics and feed stations. Come along for a brilliant day in the saddle, and for your finishers' goodies.
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Sun, 12 Sept 2021
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BH, UK
Start times
Sunday, 12 Sept 2021
7:30 am |
7:30 am |
7:30 am
Here are the distances available for Great South West Sportive
1 Loop
1 Loop
1 Loop
Short Route
Distance: 52 miles
Elevation: 1370m
2 feed stations
Standard Route
Distance: 76 miles
Elevation: 2010m
3 feed stations
Extreme Route
Distance: 105 miles
Elevation: 2890m
4 feed stations
The Great South West Sportive takes riders through stunning scenery throughout, there will be exciting descents and challenging climbs as you head through beautiful countryside and moorland of Dartmoor. This event has been designed for cyclists, by cyclists, it will be fully supported with signed routes making for a safe and memorable day for everyone taking part.
All 3 routes will start from the new Event Village at Marjons University, heading through the wonderful South West countryside and numerous iconic landmarks. These include taking on the famous Pork Hill climb in Rundlestone, which is in the Strava Top 100 climbs, and being part of the first cycling event to cross Tamar Bridge!
The Extreme Route will take riders through an additional 30 miles of beautiful Dartmoor roads. You will head through the village of Widecombe in the Moor and through the wonderful valley of the River Dart, crossing at Dartmeet.
There will be appropriately placed feed stations on all the routes, where you will have the choice of sweet and savoury snacks. Alongside this you can relax knowing you have mechanical, medical and field support throughout the event.
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Facilities and Free Parking at the Event Village
  • Mechanical Support
  • Medical Support
  • Route Map and GPS files
  • Full Route Marking
  • Feed Stations with energy Food and Drink
  • Chip-timed
  • Finisher Bottle of Legend Ale from Dartmoor Brewery
  • On Site Catering
  • Recovery Pick Up
  • Event Photography
Plymouth Marjon University, Derriford Rd, Plymouth PL6 8BH, UK
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From the A38 Parkway, travel north on the A386 Tavistock Road, signposted Tavistock and Derriford Hospital. At the main Derriford Roundabout junction, follow the signs for Derriford Hospital, and take the first left onto Plymbridge Lane. Marjons University will be signposted and continue to the main entrance following the event signage.
There will be plenty of free parking on site.
07:30 All Routes Start
Age Restrictions
All participants must be 16 years or over, and anyone under the age of 18 must be registered by a parent/guardian.
Mandatory Kit
All riders must be equipped with the following.
  • Safety-approved cycling helmet
  • Safe and roadworthy bike
  • Front and rear lights
  • Basic bicycle repair kit
Charity Support
New for 2021, the event organiser is delighted to announce that the event will donate £5 from every entry towards two chosen charities: St Lukes Hospice & Bowel Cancer West.
How much do I need to train for the Great South West Sportive?
You should allow at least 8 weeks if you are new to cycling and want to have a good experience on the Great South West Sportive. More experienced cyclists could get away with only 4 weeks of preparation. Please visit for a training plans.
Can I cycle for charity on the Great South West Sportive?
Yes! You can cycle for any charity of your choice, however, there are local charities that support the Great South West Sportive.
Is there parking around the Great South West Sportive?
Yes, and the parking is free.
Is there any kit I need for the Great South West Sportive?
You will need a safety-approved cycling helmet, a roadworthy bike, front and rear lights and a basic bicycle repair kit.
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