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Places Still Available on Great Western Sportive

by Henry Peacock

The Great Western starts from the Swindon Nationwide Building Society HQ and quickly delivers you into the beautiful, rolling Marlborough Downs. Varied routes and terrain are available on some picturesque quiet roads.

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Quiet Roads

Climbs are well catered for with stiff tests over the Ridgeway and an accumulation of downland ascents totalling over 2000 meters of vertical for the day, but the cleverly designed course rewards every tough climb with a long, sweeping descent, making for a challenging course that is actually a joy to ride. The two other options for riders consist of 83 and 49 mile routes which compliment the main event but both have their own testing sections, giving something for everyone.

The route is fully signed, with motorbike marshals and vehicle support keep you on track, plus three feed and support stations to sustain you. With the HQ just off the M4 motorway it is easily accessible.

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T-shirt is Included 

This year's event t-shirt design has been revealed, it is included with the entry fee for the ride. It's a bold traditional celtic Great Western design on a high quality bright white shirt. Timing is taken care of using reliable bike mounted RFID chips, and at the finish there is  free tea and cake.

Prices start at £24 for the short route.

For full details and entry:  www.southernsportive.com





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