Welcome to our Autumn Breeze Sportive Page
St Neots Cycling Club Sportive – Sunday 6th October 2013 - more info to follow
2012 Event info below
Update to 2012 event, 7th October 2012:
We had fantastic weather and a great turn-out. Results are published here. There will also be some photos and a summary of the day's events. Thanks to everyone involved from the club for making this such a success and thanks to everyone who entered and took part. We're all looking forward now to the next one.
Come and celebrate 125 years since the first St Neots Cycling Club was formed, and ride our 125km Autumn Breeze sportive. You'll start the ride on St Neots' superb dedicated cycleways. Then enjoy a rolling route along some of the quietest lanes and charming villages that Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire have to offer. It is a perfect route to start winding down for the winter! Entries are limited to 200 riders so book now to avoid disappointment.
With just over 2000 feet of climbing, the 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. 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 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the St Neots Cycling Club, one of the oldest clubs in the country.
The Sportive 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.
The route will take you out of St Neots over the recently opened cycle bridge, the Willow Bridge, and then via Kimbolton, Raunds and Thrapston to pass round to the north of Oundle via Brigstock and Benefield. The route back to St Neots goes through Apethorpe, Nassington and Elton and then via Old Weston and the sharp hill up to Catworth. Back at Kimbolton the route turns west for a short while rather than going straight back and passes through Pertenhall, Little Staughton and Bushmead and then home. 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.
Registration at the One Leisure Centre will commence at 7.30am with the first riders away at 8am.
The route will be fully signed and there will be support on the road from experienced St Neots Cycling Club cyclists who will be riding the route. 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. Free sports massages, before and after the ride to easy those aching legs will be provided by b-activ, who specialise in massage therapy and fitness classes - first come, first served
• 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
• A fully signed route on quiet country roads
• Well stocked feed station at Southwick
• Support on the road
• Bicycle repair and maintenance support at start
• Professional photographer at registration and on route
• Free 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.
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 7th October and if you require any further information please contact us via our contact form.