Date change for Forest of Dean Classic sportive

Over-running roadworks force organisers to switch event to July

Organisers of the Forest of Dean Classic sportive have announced a new date for this year’s event.

The sportive, originally set to take place on Bank Holiday Monday, will instead take place on Sunday July 13. Over-running roadworks, and another event on the same day meaning re-routing the Classic was not an option, are the reasons behind the switch to summer.

The Forest of Dean Classic sportive has changed dates to July 13 (pic: Wheels in Wheels)

The tenth edition of the sportive will also now move its headquarters back to Monmouth town centre, which will hosts the start and finish of the 90-mile course and the new 62-mile ride.

The former features 20 individual climbs and a total of more than 8,000ft of climbing while the latter still contains more than 6,000ft of climbing.

Both routes include the leg-sapping slog up Symonds Yat, with a maximum gradient approaching 25 per cent on the climb, which comes within ten miles of the finish of both courses.

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