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Get set this June for the ride of your life, as you face the exhilarating ‘Road of Champions’. Set in the breath-taking county of Monmouthshire, the Championship Sportive will see you tackle the same course the stars of British cycling will as they fight to be crowned British Cycling Road Champion 2014. And if you’re a member of British Cycling, you can SAVE a massive twenty per cent on the cost of entering one of the biggest and best sportives in the UK this year.
Known as the cycling capital of Wales, Monmouthshire is the perfect backdrop for the sportive. Steeped in historic landmarks and sparkling with stunning scenery, this is sure to be the most beautiful sportive you will ever ride.
We have carefully crafted routes for all abilities and entrants can ride as fast or as slow as they wish through the glorious Monmouthshire countryside on the Gold, Silver or Bronze routes or the women’s-only ride that takes in the course to be ridden by the Elite Women’s competitors.
The Championship Sportive is one of the best facilitated rides in the country: featuring feed stations for people to fill up their drinks bottles and enjoy a snack; timing chips so you know how fast you have completed the course; medical facilities and an emergency call centre; ‘service’ vehicles for any riders who suffer mechanical problems with their bikes; plus medals, certificates, photos at the finish – and much more!
Online entries for the sportive close on 20th June 2014. After that, you can sign up on the day.
Whichever route you choose, we promise you’ll be well looked after.
Leisure Bronze Route:
Distance: 20 miles/32km - over the the flat roads of Monmouthshire.
Entrance fees: £15
Who is it for? The Bronze Route is designed for anyone who wishes to take part, whether they are beginners, people who just want to have a quiet, enjoyable few hours in the country or families looking for some active fun.
SPECIAL OFFER: Under 16′s can ride for free when accompanied by a paying adult. More info.
Riders will be escorted out of Abergavenny Town Centre and onto the B4598 Usk Road where they will turn left towards Usk, pass the iconic windmill landmark at Llancayo before turning left at Bettws Newydd.
This will be the half-way point and riders will be able to access a feed station for sustenance before returning to Abergavenny via Clytha, Penpergwm and the Hardwick Roundabout, where there will be marshals to guide people safely around this busy junction and through a safe route.
Distance: 62 miles/100km and is run over the Men’s British Road Race Championship Course.
Entrance fees: £30 pre-book or £40 on the day.
This route will take riders out from Abergavenny and along the same route as the Bronze riders. However, they will turn towards Caerleon when they reach Usk and head towards another iconic landmark, the 2010 Ryder Cup course at the Celtic Manor Resort, passing by the 18th green and the TwentyTen Clubhouse.
Riders turn left onto Cats Ash Road, reach the A48 and ride towards Chepstow.
They will then turn at the Chepstow Town Arch and head north, with another feed station at Chepstow Leisure Centre. They then pass Chepstow Racecourse, home of the Welsh Grand National, and head towards Tintern Parva along the Wye Valley before they climb out to Trellech, head into Monmouth, where there is a feed station, and then pass the village of Welsh Newtown, turning onto the old Ross Road and riding through Skenfrith and Cross Ash on the outskirts of Abergavenny to finish at Bailey Park.
Distance: 100 miles/160km is run over the Men’s British Road Race Championship Course (same as Silver route) and extends to include the Tumble mountain.
Entrance fees: £40 pre-book or £50 on the day.
The most energetic of riders can extend the Silver Route to the Gold Route and will add a climb up the Tumble mountain to their ride. Starting from Abergavenny, riders will reach the Tumble after 72 miles. Riders will drop down over the summit of the Tumble, which will be used as the finish for Stage Three of the Tour of Britain this year, before turning right past the World Heritage Site of Blaenavon and towards Brynmawr. Here, you’ll find a feed station. They cross the moors on the journey north before descending into Llangynir and then follow the route of the Monmouthshire Canal back to Bailey Park and the finish.
Distance: 46miles/74km and is run over the Women’s British Road Race Championship Course (not a breeze).
Entrance fees: £25 pre-book or £35 on the day.
The new initiative of a Women’s-Only Route is designed to give female riders the amazing chance to ride the course used by the stars of British Cycling the following day when they battle for the National Jersey.
Riders escorted out of Abergavenny to the Usk Road where they will ride to Usk and then turn onto the old Monmouth Road to pass the fantastic Raglan Castle, through Mitchell Troy and into Monmouth itself.
After visiting the feed station in the town, the women will turn onto Hereford Road, and then, as with the Silver Route, ride along the Ross Road through Skenfrith and Cross Ash to the finish line in Bailey Park.
If this hasn’t whet your appetite, take a look at the video below. No doubt, we’ll be seeing you in June!