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Tour of Cotswolds - 20 July 2014

The Tour of Cotswolds Sportive on a warm, sunny day from Shipston on Stour Rugby Club to head out in to the glorious Cotswold lanes to tackle either 52 or 76 mile routes


After a briefing at the HQ covering the usual

messages of signs, safety, courtesy etc but

with the additional messsage being the amount

of rain the day before and asking riders to heed

the advice re the potential amount of gravel

on some of the corners the riders set of in

groups of 20 or so at 4-5 minute intervals.


Once out on the course the course keeps off the

beaten track with some very quiet lanes, glorious

views and houses many of us wish we could only

begin to afford!


The riders then recongregate after 25 miles for

the challenge ride or 42 miles for the longer Epic at the Village Hall in Guiting Power

for the now renowned Velo Sportives feed

station.  A plentiful selection of fruit cake,

malt loaf, danish pastries, muffins, bananas                                      snack bars and snack bars aswell as the 'sign in' treat

of a handful of Haribos alongside tea, coffee

and cold drinks ensure all riders are refuelled

before heading out on to the second half of the

route where most of the climbing lay in wait -

Stanway, Campden Lane and Dover's Hill being

the main 'treats' in store for the riders


The remaining 27 (Challenge) or 34 (Epic) miles had the riders climbing either 1 (Challenge) or 3 (Epic) main climbs and the resulting chat back at the finish amongst the finishers laid testament to the efforts the riders had put in on climbs of up to 15% gradient and 2 miles in length.  The bar back at HQ did a roaring trade in cold beers and soft drinks and sold out of the fabulous lasagna that was on sale
















As event organiser there is nothing better than a really good buzz back at the HQ with riders swapping stories, puffing out their cheeks, having the required wobbly legs as they climb off but also passing on comments such as 'best signage ever, never in doubt', 'great feed', 'just a perfect day', 'sign me up for next year' and 'loved it, even the **$$** hills!'.  This means we've gone a long way to achieving our aim of a challenging sportive where your needs as riders are met.


It would be remiss of us as event organiser to not pass on our thanks to numerous event partners - Shipston on Stour RFC (particularly Mary & Brian) for being such great hosts, Andy and Harvey from Total Fitness Bath for the pre-ride mechanicing and the on course mechanic / broom wagon cover, Medibike for the on course paramedic cover, Sportive Photo for catching you all at your very best on 2 climbs around the course and HS Sports for the timing.  A big thanks to all the on the day helpers (Eddie, Ben, Katie, Nancy, Kelly and George) for all their help with sign on, the feed station, de-signing the route and general banter throughout the day

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Date for the diary:


2015 Tour of Cotswolds - Sunday 19 July 15


Some of the riders who completed the Epic did so as part of training for a charity ride they are completing on behalf of the Small Steps Charity from Paris to Geneva over 4 days in August.


For more details on their ride and the charity please CLICK HERE and to donate if you wish please CLICK HERE

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