Much like the Wiggle New Forest Spring sportive, which runs earlier in the year, this event also takes pride in being a ‘must do’ on many cyclists’ tick lists. As a result, this has also sold out long before the day on each of the years it has run, so book now to avoid disappointment.
Taking in different parts of the Forest to its sportive brother, the New Forest 100 will show you around stunningly beautiful parts of the National Park and beyond as autumn begins to unfold. A 20mph limit on most roads and a distinct lack of traffic make this a quiet and scenery-focused event to savour – with the added bonus of its 100-mile length for those that choose to ride it.
You’ll start your ride by crossing the River Avon and soon head into the pretty New Forest village of Ringwood. Threading through country lanes on the outskirts of the Park, you’ll soon head into the Forest itself and through the small communes of Linwood and Fritham before long – where stray ponies and other cyclists will likely be your only company on the road.
Once the village of Wick is reached, Epic riders will head off for a long loop along the sheltered back lanes east of Salisbury, taking in attractive scenery in such areas as Farley, West Winterslow and West Dean. Before long it’s time to rejoin the main route as you’ll skip back to the other side of the River Avon and head through Cranborne, Verwood and Three Legged Cross on the way back to the finish line.
Short and punchy climbs will be a joy for most riders but the route remains a challenging and rewarding sportive. Join thousands of other riders by signing up for your place now.
We ask all riders to read and observe the New Forest Cycling Code: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cycling-code