The Tour of Worcester – the final event in the CTC’s Challenge Ride and Sportive Series – will take place this Sunday (October 14).
The event will start from Worcester Racecourse and will have two routes, 92 miles and 64 miles, both offering a final chance to test your legs as the sportive season comes to a close.
The long route is based on the Tour of Britain stage that passed through the area in 2007, with the organisers promising a few extra climbs thrown in to “make it even tougher”.
Both routes head out of Worcester in a clockwise direction, taking in the local climbs of Malvern and Ankerdine. The long course then splits off to take in an extra loop towards Tenbury Wells and a short excursion into Shropshire before returning to meet the short route again.
There’s then the chance to tackle the ‘killer option’ – the 25 per cent gradient of Wynniattes Way – for those still feeling fresh – but an easier route around the climb is clearly marked. It’s then a lumpy return to the finish via Holt Fleet, with five listed climbs and a hot meal for all finishers at the racecourse.
The event will be fully signposted, with the organisers promising well-stocked feed stations (two on the long route and one on the short course), motorcycle outriders, mechanical support on the course and, should all else fail, a broom wagon.
Entry is available on the day and costs £22 for CTC members and £32 for non-members. Visit www.ctcchallengerides.co.uk for more information.