Starting at Mammoth Lifestyle in Milford, the route starts with the climb up onto Cannock chase quickly followed by Style Cop. After the top of the Cop, rolling roads eventually give way to a gradual descent down to the flatter middle section of our route.
The roads between 20 and 40 miles of your ride have a distinctly Flandrian feel as we make our way across past Catton Hall and on to Barton-under-Needwood before climbing up to Needwood and on to Hanbury.
From there we’re onto the Marchington road, but instead of heading back towards Uttoxeter as you might if you’re riding our April Spring Forward Sportive, we’ve got something new in store. The next section of our route takes in the brutal little berg that’s Woodroffe’s Cliff. Maxing out at over 25%, this ascent will see what’s left in your legs as you enter the final section of your ride with us.
From there it’s all downhill to the finish.
Just kidding, the final part of the route that has more downs than ups, but plenty of both as you pick your way back to Hixon, then Great Haywood, Tixall and home for well earned coffee, cake and relaxation at the finish line in Milford.
And the gravel?
We’ll be revealing the sectors of gravel, rough stuff or whatever you want to call it over the next few weeks.
A big smile to warm your heart and a ride staffs neck warmer to keep out the drafts will welcome you at registration. Pre-ride we’ll have a fully stocked bike shop and a mechanic to take care of any last minute mishaps or forgotten footwear, there’s a feed station en route and first aid and breakdown recovery are all part of the price.