Rolling across the ancient Ridgeway and winding through the beautiful Marlborough Downs, the route is a real treat, with broad, open roads echoing the sweep of the scenery. The folds of the Downs provide the gradients to put you to the test, but this is a ride to reward you for every challenge, not beat you relentlessly into submission. A riders ride, if you will.
A Classic route set in the heart of England's most ancient landscape.
The full 107-mile challenge offers everything a classic sportive should have. Tough climbs followed by sweeping open descents across spectacular scenery, rolling valleys through idyllic villages and ridge routes offering views across a landscape that hasn't changed much in the last thousand years.
This is not a European sportive; this is England at is very best.
Profile: 170km (107 miles) with 2100m climbing. Four major climbs separated by a saw tooth profile that offers up a mid section which see the riders take on a further six climbs that total over 700m.
Starting on the south side of Swindon from the Nationwide Building Society's national headquarters the event makes good use of the facilities with virtually unlimited parking.
Swindon is easily accessed from the M4 motorway.The event base (and Start/Finish) is at the Nationwide national headquarters on the southern edge of the town. From the M4 junction 15, take the A419 Marlborough Road north towards Swindon, then first left onto the A4259. Bear left onto the B4006 pas Broome Manor, then left again onto Pipers Way and into the event centre.
Your Southern Sportive entry includes:
- Comprehensive and clearly marked route
- Mechanical assistance
- Sweeper wagon and first aid
- Trade presence
- 3 support/ feed stations on Full Route
- 2 support/ feed stations on Mid Route
- 2 support/ feed station on Short Route
- Free energy drink
- Free allocation of energy snacks for each rider at support stations and finish.
- Online entry with pre-entered list of riders.
- Electronic timing for all riders
- Immediate results for each rider at the finish with Bronze, Silver and Gold standards.
- Web results published post event
- Finishers medals. High quality medals to recognise your gold, silver or bronze finish time achievement.
- FREE Event photography. Photos will be posted on our Facebook page for you to download or share for FREE!.