Sunday 16th June 2013
“The Circuit of the Cotswolds is a challenge ride, in the style of European Gran Fondo events such as l’Etape du Tour or the Marmotte. It is not a race; whilst some riders choose to test themselves by riding it as fast as possible, many others are content to ride round and admire the beautiful Cotswold scenery. There are optional routes of 70 or 102 miles, providing a challenge for riders of varying levels of fitness.”
Two route options –
- Long route – Witney FC – Leafield – Cornwell – Great Rollright – Whichford – Cherington (Feeding Station 1) – Shipston-on-Stour – Ilmington – Aston-sub-Edge – Saintbury – Sudeley Hill – Winchcombe – Gretton (Feeding Station 2) – Gotherington – Cleeve Hill – Corndean Lane – Brockhampton – Compton Abdale – Yanworth – Northleach (Feeding Station 3) – Coln St Aldwyns – Hatherop – Westwell – Shilton – Witney FC.
Short route – There is also a shorter route option, 70 miles long. This cuts across the main circuit between the two feeding stations and misses out the biggest climbs at Lark Stoke, Saintbury, Cleeve Hill and Winchcombe. Total climbing is 1,200 metres. As long route to Feeding Station 1 – Great Wolford – Evenlode – Stow-on-the-Wold – Northleach then as long route back to Witney.
“The main Circuit of the Cotswolds route is 102 miles long and true to the memory of David Ryan is hilly and avoids main roads. The route has about 2300 metres of climbing. The headquarters are based at Witney FC, where both the starting and finishing sections take place.”
- Choice of fully waymarked routes
- Electronic timing
- Feed Stations
Website entry – Yes (entry webpage)