Published on July 14th, 2012 | by Sal0
The Tour Ride 2012
Are you feeling inspired by the Tour de France? Fancy tackling a professional course to the resounding applause of a waiting crowd?
Since 2009, the Tour Rides have enabled over 15,000 cyclists to ride routes inspired by the Tour of Britain (the UK’s most prestigious cycling event) to experience how the professionals do it, with service support and well-stocked feed stations. With five locations to choose from, there’s bound to be a route to suit you. Taking part will make spectating the Tour of Britain afterwards even more of a great experience (and a good chance to rest your legs).
All entrants will also receive a Tour Ride goody bag and medal after the event and can make use of a reserved viewing area. Entrance is £35, but you need to get your registration in quickly, as there are limited spaces available.
Date: Saturday 8th September 2012
Length of course: 200km
Route: Encompassing the full opening stage of this year’s Tour of Britain, the Tour Ride begins in Christchurch Park in Ipswich then heads through Woodbridge, Leiston, Southwold, Lowestoft and then into Norfolk and Great Yarmouth. The route then loops around the north of Norwich via Coltishall, Reepham and Dereham to the finish on the Norfolk Showground.
Date: Friday 14th September 2012
Length of course: 93km
Route: Starting in Caerphilly, the Tour Ride travels into St Gwynno Forest and the Rhonda Valley before tackling the famous climb of the Rhigos, from the Treherbert side. It then joins the route of Stage Six of The Tour of Britain, heading through Hirwaun, Aberdare and Mountain Ash on valley roads. A gentle climb via Nelson takes the Ride to Ystrad Mynach where it turns for Caerphilly and lines up the fearsome SKODA King of the Mountains climb of Caerphilly Mountain, followed by a quick descent down to the Stage Six finish line to the arriving crowds.
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Date: Sunday 23rd September 2012
Stoke-on-Trent offers two challenges – one with climbs and one without.
Including over 2,000 metres of climbing, the Pro Ride begins on Stoke-on-Trent’s Trentham Estate then heads south via Stone, Stafford and Brocton to Cannock Chase. From there the route turns north via Rugeley and Uttoxeter to the Staffordshire Moorlands, where the serious climbing begins, including Gun Hill before the run back to the finish on the Trentham Estate.
Starting and finishing on the Trentham Estate, the Challenge Ride route takes place on roads to the south of The Potteries, including the beautiful surroundings of Cannock Chase without the challenging climbs of the Staffordshire Moorlands.
Cycle Show – NEC
Date: Friday 30th September 2012
Length of course: 150km
Route: A new event for 2012, the Tour Ride Cycle Show Sportive offers the chance to combine Britain’s best Cycle Show with a challenging ride starting and finishing outside Birmingham’s NEC. The route takes in some of Warwickshire’s finest countryside and most famous locations, heading through Kenilworth, Shipston-on-Stour and Chipping Camden in the Cotswolds before returning to the NEC via Stratford-upon-Avon.
A prize is available for the best turned out group at each of the Tour Rides and groups of five or more riders entering the East Anglia, Stoke-on-Trent or Cycle Show events will receive an entrance discount.
For every five places bought on the East Anglia or Stoke-on-Trent Tour Ride a sixth place can be claimed free-of-charge. At the Tour Ride Cycle Show Sportive all members of the group will also receive 50% off admission into the show, plus half-price car parking at the NEC on Sunday 30th September.