Posted Saturday 9th June 2012 –
There’s a new East Midland and Anglia sportive planned for 2012, Reservoir Cogs, takes place on Sunday 2nd September 2012 offering a choice of 3 route options. The ‘Big Cog’ at 109 miles or a choice of ‘Small Cogs’ at 57 or 70 miles. Unusually for a sportive there’s a choice of start locations with the option to start from either Grafham or Rutland Water.
Here’s the route description, starting from either Grafham or Rutland Water, Reservoir Cogs is a demanding but rewarding figure of eight route through the beautiful lanes of Rutland, Cambridgeshire and Northants. Reservoir Cogs is the UK’s first dual-start Sportive and open to a wide range of cyclists and abilities. Those taking on the full route of just over 100 miles (the ‘big cog’) will complete the same course, but riders who would rather tackle a shorter distance can choose from the ‘top ring of 57 miles starting at Rutland’ or ‘bottom ring of 70 miles starting from Grafham’.
Dan Murtagh, Whitwell store manager and road cycling enthusiast, explains that “we have spent a great deal of time planning a professional sportive that makes the most of the great cycling country on our doorstep. Riders will get free parking at our venues, a fully arrowed route with 3 feed stations and complete mechanical back-up and emergency support. The event is fully timed and we’ll be giving riders exclusive discounts in the build up to help with their training”.
David Middlemiss, Head of Marketing and another committed cyclist, adds that “the routes take in some of the finest cycling lanes in the area, as well as circling both Grafham and Rutland Water. The full route of 109 miles can be joined at either Rutland or Grafham and involves over 4,400 ft of climbing – a nice challenge. The shorter option from Rutland is 58 miles and from Grafham cyclists can elect to do a 70 mile lap. All routes tackle some challenging climbs, well known to local cyclists but until now not linked by a sportive. In the build up to the event we will be offering training rides and advice. With all this and the variety of routes on offer it is a great sportive for those new to distance cycling or enthusiasts looking for a new challenge”.
Entry is now open at £29.50 per rider, for more details visit Rutland Cycling’s event page –