Leaving Newbury Showground
The beautiful scenery of southern England
Highclere Castle sportive organisers Ken and Barbara Robson have added a new and exciting cycling dimension to their Victor Ludorum sportive to be held on 30th September 2007. Called Cycling for the Community, it aims to bring together experienced riders and leisure family cyclists to enjoy a great day of cycling for riders of all abilities.
It will begin as soon as the sportive riders have departed the main arena and started their challenges. The aim of these community cycling activities will be to promote and encourage safe cycling, bike skills and maintenance, and to have fun on a bicycle! West Berkshire Council and West Berkshire Spokes cycle group are actively supporting this event to invest in the future of cycling for the community. Entry on the day will be £5.00 per adult and the kids go free with the surplus donated to the Army Benevolent Fund charity.
The main arena programme includes:
Both the 115 mile and 75 mile courses take in some of the best cycling terrain in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire on open country lanes and B-roads. Either route will offer a significant challenge for experienced sportive riders and a good entry level for cyclists new to sportives. Both rides are likely to be fast but challenging with plenty of climbing to take into account. This will offer all entrants their chance to excel. Individual and Team Victor Ludorum performance awards will be decided on the day.
As an integral part of the Newbury Festival, the Combined Services will be staging their first sportive event for the Army, Royal Navy, and RAF. Furthermore, the UCI, British Cycling and the Combined Services Cycling Association (CSCA) have given their approval to the facilities and courses. The Inter Services sportive rankings will be decided by best rider performances under gold standards for their age categories.
Additional awards for both sportive events will include prizes for the cycling club and service unit that have the most participants taking part in the 115mile and 75mile events.
Newbury Showground is conveniently located off J13 of the M4. The main arena boasts 160 acres of traffic-free grounds with 1km tarmac circuit, permanent toilet blocks, and adjacent car parking.