The 2011 Breast Cancer Care Bike Blenheim Palace will take place on August 21, with a time trial and sportive, as well as the Brompton World Championship, on the agenda.
The sportive, with 60 and 100-mile route options available, heads out into the Oxfordshire Cotswolds, following a fully sign-posted route through quaint villages, fuelled by fully-stocked feed stations, with hot and cold food, plus energy drinks and water.
The 20km time trial takes place on the closed roads of the Blenheim Estate, with Matthew Bottrill posting 27:14 minutes to win last year’s men’s event, while Rebecca Slack topped the women’s podium with 31:37.
The Brompton World Championships kicks off with a running (Le Mans) start, before competitors, fully decked out in office attire (a blazer or suit jacket, with collared shirt and neck tie is required), unfold their bike and race over two laps of a 6.5km circuit. The popular event is limited to just 750 entries.
And, new for 2011, the Pink Ribbon Ride is a 26-mile ride through the estate grounds and into the Cotswolds – an ideal introduction to sportive riding.
Entry to Bike Blenheim Palace costs £11 for adults and £5 for children, which includes access to the park and gardens of Blenheim Palace, as well as all-day riding on the traffic-free roads of the estate. The sportive, time trial, Brompton worlds and Pink Ribbon Ride attract additional entry fees.
Head to www.bikeblenheimpalace.com for more information and to secure your spot.