Blenheim Palace Sportive Returns


Posted Thursday 13th March 2014 –

Blenheim Sportive Logo

One of the UK’s favorite sportive events – the Blenheim Palace Sportive – will return to the cycling calendar in 2014. The event, which rolls out from one of the UK’s most iconic stately homes, takes in stunning Cotswold countryside over a 60 or 100 mile route on Sunday 17 August. Riders on either of the two routes will enjoy a series of rolling climbs and although challenging they will suit a wide range of cyclists.

The event, which was last held in 2012, has been reintroduced by Eiger Events, the sporting and events arm of Kilimanjaro, one of the country’s leading independent music promoters. It will feature way marked routes, electronic timing, mechanical support, feed stations, on-course marshals and event photographers.

Andy Townsend from Eiger Events said: “We are so excited to be bringing the Blenheim Palace Sportive back. Riders can challenge themselves with some great climbs in some of Britain’s most beautiful countryside starting and ending at the historic Blenheim Palace.

“This is an event for cyclist run by cyclists so we’ve made a number of improvements to the course and the support the riders will receive. There’s no doubt this great event will be bigger and better than ever.

“In the spirit of the original Bike Blenheim event general entry to Blenheim Palace on Sunday 17 August will allow visitors to cycle a 10k loop within the estate. This is perfect for family members who wish to come along and support sportive riders and means we can play our small part in inspiring a new generation of cyclists.”

“We are also delighted to have partnered with Oxfam, who are the official charity of The Blenheim Sportive. They are one of the world’s largest charities but of course, their home is here in Oxford and every rider that competes will support their work.”

The Blenheim Sportive has always proved hugely popular and organisers have increased the capacity meaning more riders than ever before can get involved in this classic British sportive.

There will also be a limited number of VIP entries available which will include guaranteed entry, first wave departure, breakfast, lunch, massage and goody bag.

Usually VIP entry is £100 with standard entry just £35, but to celebrate the return of the Blenheim Palace Sportive, cyclists can get an early bird discounted entry of just £30 or £90 for a VIP package giving amazing value for such a great sportive.

Admission to the Family Fun Ride opens at 10.30am and admission prices are £11.00 adult, £6.00 child (under fives free), £9.00 concs and will also allow entry to the Palace Park and Gardens.

To register for the return of the Blenheim Sportive visit –