If you’re up for a big of cyclocross riding this summer, then the 100km Super CX mixed terrain sportive on June 26th should be right up your street. It follows on from the first CX Sportive from the Cycle Events Organisation back in January, when the multi terrain and multi bike format proved so much of a hit that riders demanded a summer version.
Starting from the village of Letcombe Regis just outside Wantage, the route will use the ancient Ridgeway as the backbone of the days riding, diving on and off of this classic track to take you into the Marlborough and Lambourn Downs.
The course covers a fast variety of surfaces, from tarmac back lanes to semi technical offroad and much in between (the course profiles are broken down into five terrain types on the CX Sportive website). The overall effect is a varied day with something new to tackle around every corner.
The event is open to all types of bike too, from CX and MTB, to 29ers, singlespeeds, hybrids and even more rugged road bikes (although, as the organisers stress, don’t bring your carbon fibre pride and joy!) whatever you feel best (or you are brave enough to tackle the course on, your choice of steed will be credited on your ride result. The format should mean that plenty of riders will pass and repass one another through the day, as their different types of bikes gain and lose ground on different parts of the course.
The Ridgeway Super CX will feature 100, 60 and 40km options, all fully signed, with support & feed stations, electronic rider timing, hot and cold food and drink, plus free SIS energy drink.
Full details and entry can be found at cxsportive.com. A full season for next winter is also planned, starting at Salisbury Race Course on November 20th.