The Anthony Maynard Sportive Preview


Posted Wednesday 29th June 2011 –

The Anthony Maynard Sportive – A tough ride with great food!

The Anthony Maynard Sportive will be with us again on 17th July and the organisers are confident that it will repeat the successes of the past two years – deservedly earning a reputation for a great day of sportive riding.

For the hard core sportiver, the 195km route is both spectacular and tough – if you think any sportive around the Berkshire and Wiltshire Downs is easy, then try the Boxford Alps with 160km in your legs! Riders on the 110km course will be glad to miss some of the extremes of the long route, although the Lambourn ascents and the Boxford to Theale finishing leg has more than enough challenges for most.

The food on the day is crucial to fuelling all riders for their challenge. In keeping with the ethos of the event, riders will experience feed stations well stocked with a variety of top quality organic and fairtrade nutrition. The much loved savoury smoothie will even make a return for 2011! With the world champion “Porridge Lady” on hand for breakfast along with classic cakes and savouries available after the ride – the praise for the event catering is well deserved.

First and foremost, The Anthony Maynard Sportive aims be to an event that Anthony himself would have enjoyed, a day of really tough yet enjoyable cycling run to the highest standards. Organised by his Reading CC club mates, family and friends, the whole event is run on a “not for profit basis” with all net proceeds going to support the sportive charities of WSPA, Helen & Douglas House, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Road Peace.

It is an important attention to detail that all food served before, during and after the event complies with WSPA’s guidelines for animal welfare – which also goes hand-in-hand with providing the best possible nutrition for a very challenging ride. The majority of the food is also certified organic by the Soil Association, providing the highest guarantee of animal welfare in the world. Even the classic homemade cakes available post event will be made using organic dairy products and free range eggs!

The food is all set to play its part in a great day of sportive riding – don’t miss out, entries will be closing soon so enter now at