With the ever-growing sportive calendar packed with events, organisers are trying to reinvent the wheel to entice riders – and Wiggle are offering the opportunity to cross the English Channel for a day trip-cum-sportive in France.
The Wiggle French Revolution Sportive will see entrants meet as Dover’s ferry port before heading across to northern France to embark on either a 55 and 74-mile sportive ride.
Both routes will start with a seven-mile flat stretch along the coast to Sangatte, before the climbing starts with ascent of the Mont d’Hubert and Cap Blanc Nez. “With forts and bombing craters on one side and the white cliffs of Dover on the other, let’s hope that your multitasking abilities extend to cycling and photography,” reads Wiggle’s press release.
The rides will then head inland to Fôret Domaniale de Guînes, where those tackling the long route will climb the Mont d’Licques. It’s then back to the coast, passing Mont Duez, Mont de la Louve and Wissant before the final climb of Mont d’Hubert, with another pan-flat seven-mile sprint to the finish. Then it’s back onto the ferry, where you can enjoy refreshments and showers.
Riders will benefit from electronic timing, feed stations, event photography, mechanical support, bike wash facilities and a marked course.
Entries are limited to 450 and riders are required to hold a valid passport and luggage is limited to one small rucksack, which will be stored as you ride. Entry costs £50 for the short route and £55 for the long course, with parking and the ferry crossing (as a foot passenger) included.
Enter online at www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk