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Tour of the Dengie Cycle Sportive

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There are two cycle options which run alongside the Big East Triathlon.

Fun Ride: 43km

Cycle Sportive: 82km

Facilities include chip timing, fully sign posted and marshalled course, aid stations allowing personal supplies, mechanic on site, on course support, sag wagon and refreshments on site. After you have finished why not enjoy some food and a drink and whilst watching the triathletes on the run course!

You will pass through small towns and villages with traditional weatherboard homes, negotiate the Burnham Bends and experience a unique and varied course over the marshes. This is also a great opportunity to see what a triathlon is all about in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying a days cycling in the peaceful Essex countryside.

How to enter the Tour of the Dengie Cycle Sportive

  1. Cycle Sportive - 82km

    Bike 82km
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  2. Fun Ride - 43km

    Bike 43km
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Tour of the Dengie Cycle Sportive routes

The cycle course takes place on the quiet, scenic roads of the Dengie peninsula. You will pass through small towns and villages with traditional weatherboard homes, negotiate the Burnham Bends and experience a fast and flat course over the marshes. Those on the 43km Fun Ride complete 1 lap of the course and those on the 82km Cycle Sportive complete 2 laps.

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Raceday Logistics

At the start / finish area you will find all of the event facilities including medical staff, toilets and the results station. You can leave personal belongings at the event tent for collection after the cycle provided they are clearly labelled. You can also drop off your own nutrition for the aid station as long as you do so before 10:35, again provided it is clearly labelled.

There will be an Aid Station on the Cycle course providing providing nutrition, water & soft drinks in plastic cups. Those on the Fun Ride will pass this once and those on the 82km Cyclosportive twice. We recommend training using additional on-course nutrition supplements as part of your preparation – your supplies can be dropped off at the race tent. At the finish there will be refreshments available along with a BBQ provided by Bradwell Marina Bar & Cafe.

During the event please watch out for the triathletes. They are in a race so may travel past you at speed. Keep your wits about you and remember to be safe!


The Tour of the Dengie runs alongside the Big East Triathlon so there are plenty of opportunities for both spectators and cyclists during and after the cycle sportive.

If you would like to view the cycle course we recommend heading to the aid station where Mayland Hill crosses with Southminster Road. If you walk up Mayland Hill you will see a great view at the top! Alternatively head out into the Dengie and investigate the area, there are plenty of small towns and villages where you can have a drink and cheer the athletes on. Please DO NOT follow athletes around the course, this is outside assistance and they will be disqualified. We also ask that you do not park anywhere which may be disruptive or dangerous to the athletes.

By the time the run gets going the athletes will really need your support! The run takes athletes to the RAF memorial, towards St Peters Chapel, along the sea wall and past the nuclear power station before going back through Bradwell Marina and the transition/finish area. All of which are well worth a visit and provide great spots to support the athletes on their journey. The athletes will complete 1 or 2 loops depending upon which distance they are doing and will pass the finish area on each lap. Bradwell Marina Cafe & Bar will be providing a bbq and refreshments here too. By the time the athletes finish they will have been racing for the best part of a day and really deserve a huge amount of congratulations!

Remember that everyone is here to help all the athletes and give them a memorable day. Please cooperate with the marshals and event staff.


Our events could not take place without the help of volunteers.

We simply couldn't do it without you!

There are plenty of ways to get involved and every volunteer will receive 20% OFF Race Entry for another one of our events and an Event Memento. Whether you come as a group or an individual you will be welcomed into the Dengie Events team and will no doubt have a very enjoyable experience.

For more info on signing up as a volunteer, visit the event website.

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