Southampton Sporterium 2023

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Southampton Sporterium 2023
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This event will bring a whole host of two-wheeled fun to Southampton. With Sportives and Criterium races on offer, this Sporterium really has something for everyone. The exciting Event Village 'Spin City' will be based just near the start line, so come along for for a day out to remember.
The Standard Sportive, The Short Sportive, Youth D & E Criterium, and 8 more
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Sat, 1 Apr 2023
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
O2 Guildhall, W Marlands Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP, UK
Start times
Saturday, 1 Apr 2023
The Standard Sportive: 8:00 amThe Short Sportive: 9:00 amYouth D & E Criterium: 11:00 amYouth C Criterium: 11:30 amYouth B Criterium: 12:00 pmYouth A Criterium: 1:15 pmFirst Timers Criterium: 2:30 pm4th Category Only Criterium: 3:15 pmWomen’s E/1/2/3/4 Criterium: 4:15 pmMen’s 3/4 Category Criterium: 5:30 pmMen’s E/1/2/3 Criterium: 6:45 pm
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Southampton Sporterium 2023
The Short Sportive
The Standard Sportive
Youth D & E Criterium
Youth C Criterium
Route information
The two Sportives are perfect for people looking to get into non-competitive cycling. These events are for fun and are not a race!
The Standard Sportive
Distance 104.6
Elevation 987m
The Standard Sportive is the longest race of the day at just over 100k, and is a brilliant challenge for any keen cyclist.
All the courses begin in the centre of Southampton, near the Guildhall. Riders will head out of the city into beautiful countryside, through towns such as New Alresford and Stockbridge before returning home through Romsey to the exciting city centre finish.
The Short Sportive
Distance 63.8k
Elevation 715
The Short Sportive is designed for people who are taking on their first Sportive or would like a slightly shorter ride. The 63k route will still be a challenge, but one a wide variety of abilities can take on.
From the start in the city centre the shorter route will also take in some of the areas most scenic countryside. Riders will head through Fair Oak, Shawford, Braishfield and Romsey before making their way back to the wonderful atmosphere at the finish in the city centre.
The Criterium
Distance 1.7k Laps
Elevation 15m
A Criterium is a short-distance fast-paced race. Riders will compete for a set period of time and complete as many laps as possible of the short closed-road loop.
The loop in the city centre will circle two of the main parks, and with a wide and fast route this is a great course for some fast and fun racing.
There will be a variety of races and categories throughout the day, and with non-competitive and competitive races you can choose the right one for you!
These races are for riders who would like to experience closed road racing, but in a calmer way than the competitive races, and generally for people who haven't raced a Criterium before.
These races are for experienced riders who are registered with British Cycling, and looking to test themselves against the best.
Criterium Categories
Primary School Ride - Youth D and E (Under 8's and 10's)
  • Non Competitive
  • 11:00
  • 20 Minutes
Secondary School Ride – Youth C (Under 12's)
  • Non Competitive
  • 11:30
  • 20 Minutes
Regional Youth Series – Youth B (Under 14’s)
  • Competitive
  • 12:00
  • 1 Hour
Regional Youth Series – Youth A (Under 16’s)
  • Competitive
  • 13:15
  • 1 Hour
First Timers’ Criterium
  • 14:30
  • 30 Minutes
4th Category Only
  • British Cycling Category 4 Men
  • 15:15
  • 40 Minutes
Women’s E/1/2/3/4
  • Competitive
  • All British Cycling registered Women
  • 16:15
  • 45 Minutes
Men’s 3/4 (Fully booked)
  • Competitive
  • British Cycling Category 3 & 4 Men
  • 17:30
  • 45 Minutes
Men’s E/1/2/3
  • Competitive
  • 18:45
  • 1 Hour
What's included
  • Finisher's medal (Sportive)
  • Fully marked and marshalled routes
  • Mechanical support
  • Feed stations
  • Toilets
  • Medical support
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads (Criterium)
  • Prizes for top performers (Criterium)
How to get there
O2 Guildhall, W Marlands Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP, UK
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By Car
The Guildhall is situated in the centre of Southampton. The city can be accessed from the M27 or the M3.
There are lots of car parks in Southampton, Westquay car parks are now open 24 hours a day and the majority of Council Car Parks will be open from 6am.
By Train
The nearest train station is Southampton Central, it is approximately 0.4 miles from the race village area (10 minutes).
Event day logistics
08:00 Standard Sportive start time
09:00 Short Sportive start time
11:00 - 18:45 Criterium Races
11:00 Primary School Ride – Youth D and E
11:30 Secondary School Ride – Youth C
12:00 Regional Youth Series – Youth B
13:15 Regional Youth Series – Youth A
14:30 First Timers’ Criterium
15:15 4th Category Only
16:15 Women’s E/1/2/3/4
17:30 Men’s 3/4
18:45 Men’s E/1/2/3
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 16 to take part in either of the Sportives. The Criterium races have a range of age categories, shown in the course details section.
Mandatory Kit
  • A road worthy bike
  • Helmet (you must have a helmet or you will not be allowed to participate)
  • Enclosed shoes
  • Drinks bottle
  • Mobile phone (in case of emergencies)
  • Basic tools / repair kit
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Bike pump
  • Basic first aid kit
  • Appropriate clothing for weather that day (think about temperature, covering up from the sun, or even high visibility clothes and lights for if foggy / rainy)
  • Face mask for arrival at the venue and navigating round feed stations
Spectator Info
Family and friends can come along to watch the riders flying past, or they can head into Southampton City Centre and Spin City which will have some fantastic entertainment.
Do I have to wear a helmet?
Yes! For your safety, it is required that every participant wears a helmet. Not having one will result in you not being able to participate.
Will there be refreshments around the route?
Yes, There will be feed stations around the sportive route to keep your energy levels up.
Can I skip red lights and stop signs during the Sportives?
No, you will need to obey the usual rules of the road for your own safety on the sportive as it will not be on closed roads.
Will there be mechanical support?
Yes there will be mechanical support, both stationary and roving.
Should I enter the competitive or non-competitive Criterium races?
The non-competitive are generally for less experienced racers, who are still looking for a fun and fast race but calmer than the competitive races. While the competitive races are for experienced racers who have a British Cycling License.
What are all the Criterium race categories?
All the race categories with all the necessary information are listed in the course details section.
Can I race in the competitive Criterium race?
You must have a British Cycling License to compete in one of the Competitive Criterium Races.
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