UK Cycling Events, organisers of the Wiggle Super Series, have announced that the New Forest 100 Sportive, which will take place on October 3, will now be part of a two-day cycle festival set in the beautiful New Forest National Park.
The festival will include a mountain bike/cyclocross event with three route options on Saturday, October 2, as well as a hill climb event, live music, entertainment, BBQs, food, refreshments, children’s rides and activities and great offers for overnight accommodation.
The road sportive will be the main focus of attention on Sunday, October 3, when riders will be able to choose from the Epic 100-mile route, the Standard 66-miler or the fun 44-mile option. The course sweeps through the New Forest’s network of quiet roads, taking in some challenging but short hills such as the 25 per cent Blissford Hill. Riders taking part in the MTB/cyclo-cross event will be able to choose from a 44-mile route, a 25-miler or a “family fun” 10-mile option.
Martin Barden, of UK Cycling Events, said: “We are hugely excited to be working with the New Forest National Park Authority to host this cycle festival. It’s the perfect way to celebrate a brilliant year of events which have been so well attended. A weekend of family fun is the best way to enjoy getting out on your bike.”
The hill climb event on Saturday afternoon could prove to be the perfect warm down for those in action earlier in the day – or act as a great warm up for the sportive riders. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 riders in two categories (road riders and knobbly tyre riders) as they climb the 1km course just outside Brockenhurst. The event is being run in partnership with New Forest Cycling Club.
Anyone interested in taking part in the weekend is urged to enter soon to avoid disappointment as last year’s sportive was a sell-out success. Entry fees include electronic timing, well stocked feed stations, event photography, bike wash facilities, clearly signed courses and plenty more.