Posted Wednesday 15th April 2015 –
The closest Sunday to St George’s Day means the St George’s Sportive – and next Sunday (26th April) this perennial early season favourite returns for a 9th time. Starting from Princes Risborough, in the heart of the Chiltern Hills it has about as quintessentially an English setting as you can get for a ride celebrating England’s patron saint. And like St George himself, it’s an event with some history, in UK sportive terms at least. First run in 2007, it was one of the first couple of dozen regular sportives in the UK and the first full sportive to take place in the Chilterns, and it remains one of the best rides on the calendar today.
A big part of it’s popularity is it’s fantastic (and challenging) course. It’s an apt ride for the Spring Classics season as well; it’s deceptively tough course that gives you very little for free. The sharp Chilterns climbs just keep on coming, and the twisting country lanes will keep you on the ball throughout the day. But the effort is worth it. It’s a stunning area of the countryside, and the beautiful surroundings will help take your mind off the physical challenges for sure. The Chilterns in spring a great place to be out on a bike, and will leave you wanting to come back for more!
Southern Sportive’s trademark is their slick and friendly organisation. Maybe it’s their 20 years experience of putting on events for cyclists, but they make great events look easy. Full sportive support includes comprehensive route marking, RFID timing, feed and support stations, free energy drinks, vehicle support, finishers medals and more. Plus there’s a chance to win some great prizes from Lezyne, simply turning up and riding! Southern Sportive’s Ride for the Prize will flag up random riders on the results screen who will win Lezyne lights, tools or assorted other swag, simply for crossing the finish line!
So, with the sun out and this spring shaping up into a fine one, the St George is looking like one not to miss! Full details and secure online entry can be found at southernsportive.com