Tour of Worcester sportive set for Sunday

The Tour of Worcester – the final event in the CTC’s Challenge Ride and Sportive Series – will take place this Sunday (October 14).

One last chance to test your sportive legs

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 for more information.

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