Posted Wednesday 25th July 2012 –
Entries are now open for the first Wenlock Mandeville Sportive Challenge which takes place on Sunday 26th August and will be helping raise money towards the National Spinal Injury’s Centre’s charity fund which hopes to raise £4M for a much needed sports facility. The event starts in the Shropshire town of Much Wenlock, widely credited as the birthplace of the modern Olympics, and finishes 130 miles later at the Stoke Mandeville Hospital, the birthplace of the Paralympic Games.
The Much Wenlock to Stoke Mandeville route, which although not especially hilly by sportive standards, is certainly not flat and at a distance of well over the 100 mile mark it should present more than enough of a challenge for most cyclists. The organisers are promising a cracking route with beautiful countryside to enjoy as you ride through the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. As the ride is not circular and finishes in a different location the organisers are offering the option of return transportation via coach/mini bus for those that need it.
If the full 130 miles sounds a bit too far then there’s a more leisurely 30 mile loop around Stoke Mandeville that joins the final stretches of the full 130 mile route allowing all cyclsist to arrive at the finish together.