Hammer Sportive: final call for entries

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Hammer Sportive: final call for entries

If you’re hoping to ride the inaugural Hammer Sportive, you’ll need to get in quick: entries close on Sunday April 7, 2013.

Two routes, both taking in roads used for training by local boy, Jon Tiernan-Locke (Team Sky), winner of the 2012 Tour of Britain, are offered.

The Claw Hammer extends to 112km and includes 2,000 metres of climbing, courtesy of 12 categorised climbs.

Hammer Sportive, Slapton Ley

An average speed of 15.25mph will be required of men aged 30 to 39 hoping to record a gold time.

Those with a greater challenge in mind may be more, ahem, inclined towards the Sledge Hammer, a 157km route whose 21 categorised climbs offer a total ascent of 3,600 metres.

Riders can sign on at the Community College, Kingsbridge from 2pm on Saturday April 13. Registration closes at 5.30pm.

Discounted meals will be offered at selected local restaurants in a bid to recreate the ‘pasta party’ culture of the big European sportives.

Riders on both routes will set off the following day between 7.30am and 9am, after a briefing from a British Cycling commissaire. Groups of 40 will ride behind a lead car for the opening 8km.

Both routes end in Kingsbridge at an ‘event village’, with a car show, and bike show. Exhibits from Cycle Sport South Hams and Team Hammer Sport will be among those on show in the ‘village’.

Entry costs £29 for either route. The event will be held on Sunday April 14, 2013.

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