Velo Sportives aim to promote and stage quality, safe, fun &
challenging sportives where the riders needs are fully met.
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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
Date for the diary:
2015 Tour of Cotswolds - Sunday 26 July 15
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