Road Sportives July Update

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2nd round this weekend (2nd July) in Marshbrook, Shropshire. 

This weekend will see the 2nd round of the Road Sportive come to Marshbrook in Shropshire. 

Road Sportive On Saturday the 2nd July we will see the 2nd event of the Road Sportives featuring two courses – a 50mile short course and an 85mile long course. Both will show off the fantastic road riding the area around the Long Mynd has to offer and will offer the rider a challenging and rewarding ride. 

Course Description 
The Marshbrook Sportive, starting at Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike & Outdoor Pursuit Centre, offers you 85 miles Classic with 2,800m climbing or 50 miles Standard with 1,700m climbing, of superb riding through the Shropshire countryside. 

The Marshbrook round of the Road Sportive heads north from Marshbrook through Little Stretton and into Church Stretton, the ride starts with the notorious Burway Climb. The Burway climbs up the side of Cardingmill Valley precariously perched on a wall of the valley with a precipitous drop to the right. It rises at 20% for 2 miles gaining nearly 300m in height and leaving you high on the top of the Long Mynd. The decent swoops down the west side of the Mynd and heads north on undulating minor roads, and takes in some lanes to navigate the Eastridge Wood which is northern tip of the MTB Marathon. From Minsterley the route winds up the Hope Valley easily gaining height before arriving at the massive table top that is Corndon Hill. Across the border the route passes to the north and west side of Corndon and descends into the small town of Churchstoke.    

The short route now drops south and picks up the Montgomery Road to Bishops Castle. The route then meanders its way back to the southern tip of the Long Mynd through rolling country side with one last climb before decending to the finish. 

From Church Stroke the long course heads north to Montgomery with its Norman stone Castle perched on a crag of the hill looming above the town. The road winds around the hill and down towards the River Severn and the Montgomeryshire Canal at Abermule. 

Heading south the road follows a stream and climbs in the shade up to Glanmule and onto the foot of the Kerry Hill. The road up is a classic winding 3mile climb and crosses the ancient Kerry Ridgway at it’s peak before descending through Anchor and down a fast and winding 8mile blast to Clun. Heading south from Clun the Knighton road throws in 2 hills in quick succession before dropping steeply to the River Teme valley. A minor lane is taken before the town of Knighton and follows the northern side of the river up to Bucknell. The route then uses quiet minor roads to head north through the picturesque undulating Clun Forest which includes open pastures and moorland. 

Through the village of Edgton the route then returns to the southern tip of the Long Mynd with one final climb before the finish in Marshbrook. 

Fur further details on the Marshbrook sportive please go to the Marshbrook event page

Short course Sportive: approx. 50miles with 1,700m of climbing 

Long course Sportive: approx. 85miles with 2,800m of climbing 

Weather forecast:
The conditions for the weekend are looking fantastic. The middle of the week might see a little bit of rain in the area but following on from that the sun will be coming out and the winds will die down as well. Perfect sportive conditions as it looks! 

The ‘total riding weekends’:
The Road Sportive will be run on the Saturday of the event weekend and will be followed by the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon (powered by the Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport) on the Sunday. This will continue to bring different cycling disciplines together and will give the hardened sportive rider the chance to find out how his/her power and stamina translates to the marathons courses of the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series 2011 powered by the Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport. The same goes for the hardened endurance experts out there as they will get the chance to get a proper road challenge on Saturday before the dirt awaits them the following day. There is a discount for riders who take part in both events at the same weekend. 

The entry fee:
The Road Sportive have a complete ‘one fee’ price of £27 with no hidden extra costs – which cover the following;
Ride entry – 50 mile ‘Standard’ or 85 mile ‘Classic’ sportive 
Post event coffee/tea & cake
Usage of service stations
All the camping – Friday to Monday
Parking facilities
Ample showers and toilets 
Bike washing facilities
Finisher present
Spot prizes
Option to a Mountain Bike skills and riding tuitions (check the marathon website for suitable times) 

So why not make it a proper weekend – come along on Friday and stay all the way through to Monday morning – and bring your family and friends along as well. Facilities like showers and toilets are going to be available over the whole weekend as well – all part of your entry fee. 

To enter: 
…simply go to the entry page on our sportive site and either use the downloadable entry form or the online entry which is hosted by CRC. If you enter online than you will get a 5% discount on your next Chain Reaction Cycles purchase. 

There are also day entries available but there is a £5 surcharge if you enter at the event. 

What else is going on / and where is the event location?
Friday to Monday camping at the 20 acre event village is free with hot showers and you are welcome to bring your family and friends and make a weekend of it. A pasta party on Saturday evening is included in the price of all those who are riding (MTB Marathon only). There will be on-site entertainment with live bands at the site’s own pub and a BBQ with fresh locally sourced produce. 

On Sunday, Cycle Active Skills School will run classes for the kids. The event village will be in full swing and the welcome home parade will be, as always, a moment of personal achievement celebrated by all. A “Meal of Champions” will be available from both the cafe and pub after the Sportive and the Marathon; these indoor havens will be open pretty much all weekend serving breakfasts from 7am, then lunches and evening meals. The pub even has its own locally brewed beer, aptly named ‘Trailblazer’. 

There is post ride massage, medical and mechanical support to make your ride a smooth and enjoyable experience with some of the best coffee and cake you will find in a field this summer. Chain Reaction Cycles will be present with all the cycling essentials you may need. 

The event village is based at the Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike & Outdoor Pursuit Centre (Marshbrook, Nr Church Stretton, SY6 6QE)  

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