Welcome to our Sportive Page
The St Neots Cycling Club Autumn Breeze sportive run on 6th October 2013 was sold out on a day with superb weather. We could hardly have asked for better. Thanks to everyone who supported the event by entering it and riding or by helping to organise it. We have received loads of plaudits for the routs, the signing, the food and the organisation. We hope everyone had a great day. Thanks to all. Results are available here.
St Neots Cycling Club Sportive – Sunday 6th October 2013
After the great success of last year's 125km sportive, St Neots Cycling Club will be running a sportive this year on 6th October with two distances to choose from. If you're looking to wind down for the winter, choose our 61 mile route. For a bigger challenge, more climbing and even more beautiful country roads, choose our 100 mile route. In either case, you'll start the ride on St Neots' superb dedicated cycleways and then enjoy a rolling route along some of the quietest lanes and charming villages that Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have to offer. Entries are limited to 200 riders so book now to avoid disappointment.
Online booking is now closed. There are 20 places available on the day, first come first served. To enter, go to the British Cycling page here and just complete the details requested. Those who are not members of British Cycling or who do not haveJ an account on the site will be asked to open an account with a password.
With just under 2000 feet of climbing, the 61 mile route will present a reasonable challenge but be accessible to all riders in good health and fitness, and perfect for an enjoyable end to the season. The 100 mile route has 2900 feet of climbing and will represent a good challenge for the time of year. Our sportive is open to all standards of riders, from those who are regular road cyclists clocking up the miles, to those who focus more on recreational riding but want to challenge themselves on the roads of Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. All we ask is that you have a roadworthy bike. There will be a range of abilities on the day, so come along and join us at the sportibve of the St Neots Cycling Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country.
Both routes will start at the One Leisure Centre in St Neots where there will be free parking. Whatever direction you are coming from the centre is very accessible, being close to the A1 and the A428.
Both routes will take you out of St Neots over the recently opened cycle bridge, the Willow Bridge, and then via Kimbolton and Spaldwick up the sharp hill to Barham. At Winwick the two routes split. The 61 mile route turns south via Old Weston and and Catworth and then turns west towards Raunds. The routes recombine near Raunds and return to St Neots via Pertenhall, Little Staughton and Colmworth. The 100 mile route adds a loop via Elton, Nassington, Apethorpe, Benefield and Brigstock. We will finish back at One Leisure and you will be able to enjoy a welcome meal of eggs or beans on toast included in the entry fee. See the routes here.
Registration at the One Leisure Centre will commence at 7.30am with the first riders away at 8am.
The routes will be fully signed and there will be support on the road from experienced St Neots Cycling Club cyclists who will be riding the routes. We will operate a broom wagon to rescue cyclists and bikes that have completely broken down.
We have engaged the services of a professional event photographer, George Burgess Photography, who will be taking photographs at registration and on the route. Every entrant will receive a 20% off voucher for sports massages, to be used at the event or up to six months after. There will be massages available after the ride to ease those aching legs, provided by b-activ, who specialise in massage therapy and fitness classes - first come, first served, for £8 with the voucher (normally £10).
• Free parking at Registration
• Toilet & shower facilities at start and finish
• Refreshments available at start and finish including a voucher for a meal at finish
• Two fully signed routes on quiet country roads
• Two well stocked feed stations (one on the 61 mile route)
• Support on the road
• Bicycle repair and maintenance support at start
• Professional photographer at registration and on route
• Discounted sports massage before and after event
• Manual timing
• Timings emailed out very shortly after the event
• Broom wagon
• Sportive covered by British Cycling insurance
How to enter
On-line entry is via British Cycling. To enter, go to the British Cycling page here and just complete the details requested. Those who are not members of British Cycling or who do not have an account on the site will be asked to open an account with a password.
The on-line Entry Fee is £15 and payment can be made through the British Cycling event entry system. If the event is not sold out, entry will be £20 on the day. Online entry is new closed. There are limited entries available on the day, first come first served.
Alternatively you can download an entry form from British Cycling here. Select the Non Competitive Entry form, print and complete and send with a cheque for £15 payable to St Neots Cycling Club to : Alistair Henderson, 5 Morris Close, Buckden, St Neots, Cambs, PE19 5YW.
Further event details including a gpx version of the route will be e-mailed to entrants nearer to the date of the event.
We look forward to meeting you on 6th October and if you require any further information please contact us via our contact form.