The challenge of the PUNCHEUR Sportive is not a long list of nasty climbs, neither is it mega-endurance. The challenge is to keep up a good tempo along rolling roads over 62 miles, and to keep your rhythm up over the short climbs and drags.
Don't take it lightly, however! Your fitness will be tested, and the course will show you where your strengths and weaknesses are.
There are long, flat stretches; draggy climbs; some fast descents; and short, sharp, steeper hills to get out the saddle and punch your way over. This is a course to start positively, knowing you don't have to hold back due to 100 miles or more ahead of you, but can you pace it so you don’t blow up early, AND, also make sure you have something in your legs for the new 4-mile dash to the finish?
If this tickles your top tube, sign on.
The fully signed route runs along unclassified roads and quiet B roads, with a minimum of turns or technical features. The aim is to enable you to get into a steady rhythm and press on at the pace you want to.
The route is 64 miles with around 1219 metres of ascent with a maximum gradient of 12%.