Posted Tuesday 21st January 2014 –
The Wildwood CX Sportive returns to Woodcote on the Oxfordshire / Berkshire border for it’s fourth year this Sunday, January 26th, having established itself as the de facto early season sportive with a difference. The 500 rider event mixes an accessible set of riding surfaces to create a course that draws the broadest mix of riders and bikes you’ll see on the same start line! Entries are open until midnight this Thursday (23rd Jan) at southernsportive.com and cxsportive.com, and some spaces will be available on the day.
CX is shaping up into cycling’s next big thing, with all manufacturers featuring new generation cross bikes, 29ers and capable all rounders prominently in their ranges. And the CX Sportive format is unashamedly inclusive, attracting riders from both road and MTB backgrounds, as well as dyed in the wool cyclo-crossers looking to extend their season. The winding Chilterns course for the Wildwood CX is the epitome of what this sort event should be; fast-paced and varied, switching regularly from tarmac to dirt to keep you on the ball and entertained throughout. 40, 60 and 80km route choices make it ideal for any rider, and the mixed terrain course design opens it up to all sorts of different bikes; great for CX and 29ers, ideal for a fast MTB or capable hybrid; even your winter road hack could tackle it, with a change of tyres!
Berkshire’s no.1 independent bike shop AW Cycles have announced they will be supporting the event once again too. The Reading based shop will have a stand at the event centre, stocking those last minute essentials, plus a few extra goodies, and the AW Team van will be providing rider and mechanical support out on the course to keep you moving. The event also features comprehensive route signage, a manned feed and support station, RFID ride timing, free energy drink and full catering at the event base.
For full details and entry, visit www.cxsportive.com or www.southernsportive.com