The MagnifiCat sportive has gained the reputation of a prestigious event with a fierce pedigree and formidable challenge. Forging the rolling Hampshire countryside and classic climbs on the South Downs as one, this event is one of a carefully picked few that many cyclists aim to tick off the to do list.
Road Cycling Events in Reading, South East
This sportive is based in the picturesque village of Marlow, and run by Marlow Riders cycling club.
We will have three routes covering 50, 80 and 100 miles. All three routes go over the Chilterns and the longest routes extending out into the Vale of Aylesbury. The routes include hills and flatter sections, so are suited to experienced riders aiming for a fast time and for riders aiming to complete a 'century' or a 'half' for the first time.
Starting from the quaint town of Liphook, we're ideally situated for a stunning day of road cycling. Riders will experience the best of the Hampshire countryside before striking south and heading for the Downs. The Long route climbs up over the stunning expanses of road across the Downs, before looping back to the event centre with a final climb, just to make sure you arrive feeling like youve had a good workout. This ride should offer something for everyone, with 4 different routes that all deliver on quality; pretty villages, quiet roads and far-reaching open countryside make this a great summer challenge.
Back this year with both 90 and 125 km routes taking riders across the stunning countryside of Aylesbury Vale onto the Chiltern Hills and back again via South Oxfordshire. Quiet back roads, beautiful scenery and challenging climbs.
Your lungs and thighs will Howl Guaranteed.
British Cyclings own rating struggles with our landscape and this years Epic route is the toughest weve ever planned. If in doubt register for the 90km course.
This event has been run different times of the year but has been most successful when run the day before the day before The Spring Onion, as part of a DOUBLE HEADER and some say as a warm up the day before to the Spring Onion. The name of event is derived from the chain set most of us use and is a shorter sharper course which could attract riders who don't want to do a higher mileage course, in addition why not challenge yourself on a Saturday instead of soft tapping around Surrey.
Set around one of the most popular cycling climbs in the South East, the Sigma Sports Box Hill Original is the sportive that should be on every riders calendar. Ranging from 30 miles up to the big 100, these routes all take in parts of the London Olympic road race 2012 that saw Mark Cavendish and Bradley Wiggins tackle as they fought for gold.
Taking place towards the end of the season, this is a perfect goal to aim for before easing off over the winter.
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