Info: New entries for this event closed on Saturday 7th July 2012 at 12:00.
Welcome to this, the second Kington Classic Sportive bike ride which is to be held on Sunday 8th July 2012, over a distance of 74 miles (with a total of 2,674 metres of ascent) through the most beautiful countryside you might wish to see.
This is a charity ride – all proceeds after promotion costs will be used to fund local good causes in and around the Kington area. All helpers involved on the day will be volunteers from the Kington Lions Club (see http://www.kingtonlions.org/) which is an independent charity under the auspices of the Lions Club International organisation (see www.lionsclubs.org/).
The event starts and finishes in the Herefordshire / Wales border town of Kington and most of the waymarked route is actually over the border into the beautiful countryside of mid-Wales. The event is not a race – the slower you go the more time you will have to appreciate the quiet lanes and Borders scenery including river valleys and moorland vistas. There are no mountains to climb, but plenty of steady climbs and a few short sharp ones. It is the sort of route that requires advance training and is challenging in parts.
The route is the same as last year - it is tried and tested and received fullsome praise from entrants on the day. They were surprised by its beauty and by its challenge.
As almost all the route is in narrow winding lanes (all tarmac surfaces) it is perhaps not suitable for enthusiasts of main-road riding. However, if you ‘see the light’ and want to admire the scenery in preference to following a passing back wheel then you will be very welcome.
Refreshments will be available free at the start, free lunch at approximately mid-distance, and free warming recovery-fodder at the end (donations welcomed but not insisted upon). A sagwaggon will be sweeping up any breakdowns, and a bail-out route can be made available from the half-way point. If the weather is hot then water points will be added.
For this ride we have a limit of 300 riders to ensure that all participants are properly catered for, and to ensure that they all enjoy their day out and come back for more next year! We pride ourselves on being hospitable and looking after each rider's needs and wants (within reason).
There is plenty of good value local accommodation, including a YHA, B&Bs, camp sites and hotels. See this link (click on it) for a detailed list:- Accommodation Listing
For those with GPS / Sat-Navs, an excel file of 400-odd waymarking grid references can be made available nearer the date or a .gpx file for you to upload to your kit. This should ensure you stay on-track, at least within 100m or so of the recommended route!
All enquiries regarding entries to Event Organiser Chris H.E. Smith
Telephone: 01544 340598