Posted Wednesday 22nd August 2012 –
There’s now less than 2 weeks to go until the inaugural running of the UK’s first dual start sportive, Reservoir Cogs, taking place on Sunday 2nd September. Supported by Rutland Cycling and experienced sportive organisers Wheels in Wheels the event uniquely gives riders the choice of two start locations, either from Grafham or Rutland Water. There’s a choice of routes, the 109 mile ‘Big Cog’ or shorter 57 and 70 mile ‘Small Cogs’ options as well as electronic timing, feed stations and Shimano Service support on had to sort out any bike problems.
Here’s some more detail on the routes from the event organisers –
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’.
Complete all the locally renowned climbs totalling 4,400ft of ascent, take in both famed lakes and enjoy some of Britain’s finest cycling terrain. The Sportive is fully supported by Rutland Cycling and participants can count on excellent service throughout both the build-up and the day itself. Fuel up at three feed stations en route and enjoy the superb cycling routes around Rutland, Harringworth, Seaton, the lanes of Rockingham Forest, Oundle and Grafham.