Southern Sportive have launched a new ride, the Wight Riviera Sportive on Sunday May 20, which will feature a unique closed-road format in the opening 25km.
The new format, named ‘sportive avantage’, will have a traffic-free loop to enable the organisers to “produce a
proper mass start and give riders the luxury of closed road riding where it matters most, in those opening kilometres.”
The circuit is available as a standalone ride for leisure riders, providing a traffic-free introduction to sportives, while experienced cyclists can then move onto the open roads.
Three route options are available – 62km, 116km and 154km – with the full distance racking up more than 2,200m of climbing across the island’s steep downland profile.
The organisers promise “low, leafy valleys passing through classic English villages, along airy country lanes between the hedgerows and up onto high vantage points up on the downs, with sweeping sea views across the island and beyond.”
Entry is limited to 1,500 riders and costs £36 for the 62km route and £38 for the 116km and 154km courses.