Cyclists battle elements in long distance cycle from Renishaw in Wotton-under-Edge in Cotswold Sportive
CYCLISTS battled the elements during a third annual long distance cycle ride in Wotton-under-Edge.
Some 300 cyclists turned out for this year’s Cotswolds Edge Sportive on Sunday.
Both beginner and experienced cyclists tackled the challenge, which has developed a reputation for its tough and hilly course, this year exacerbated by the wet and windy conditions.
The event set off from Renishaw’s New Mills site and contained diverse terrain ranging from the relatively flat areas heading west towards the River Seven and the very intimidating Cotswold Edge.
Riders had the choice of three different ride challenges ranging from 35 to 80 miles.
The main route took in Kingswood before cyclists headed south to Chipping Sodbury, round to Hillesley and then started to feel the hills as they rode towards Dursley, Nailsworth and Nympsfield, before heading back down to Wotton.
Kilott Hill between Hillesley and Hawkesbury offered the greatest challenge with 20 per cent climbs over around 550 feet.
Organisers said the amount of entrants was down on last year, but they were still pleased to see so many cyclists remaining undeterred by the forecasted heavy rain.
Phil Harrison, founder of Trail Break mountain bike events which runs the sportive, said it was the toughest and wettest event they have put on since they started organising sportive challenges in 2006, but there were no incidents all day.
“All the riders need to be congratulated taking on the challenge,” he said. “Cycling is growing in the UK at an incredible rate and this event showed there are a lot of dedicated riders out there that have good skill levels also take their sport very seriously.”
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