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Entries Live for Santini Cotswold Spring Classic 2014

by Nick Gregory

The wait is over: the Santini Cotswold Spring Classic - complete with around 2,000m of climbing and three routes to choose from - is now open for entries. 

Organised by Velo Events, the Cotswold Spring Classic is a fully supported event in the tradition of the best European cyclosportives and Gran Fondos. Now in its sixth year, the Santini Cotswold Spring Classic is seen by many cyclists as a true 'classic' in the cycling calendar - with riders being drawn to the challenge of the Cotswold hills from Belgium and northern France, as well as across the UK. 

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Any calories that need burning off after too many chocolate eggs can be dealt with thanks to the Easter Monday date - 21 April 2014. With gradients approaching 20% in some parts, and more on the 160km route than on the ascent of Mont Ventoux, it is great early season test. 

"The Santini Cotswold Spring Classic has been growing in popularity each year we've run the event and it has been sold out for the past few years," explains Andy Kirk of Velo Events. "Whilst the routes include some testing elements for experienced, medium and beginner cyclists, one of the main reasons for the success is our approach to sportive events. We have been praised for the organisation, the quality of our feed stations and the general all round support we provide across all three of the route options." 

Last year's weather also added to the mix, as entrants coped with freezing temperatures and headwinds comparable Flanders. This year riders can again choose from the 55km (340m of climbing), 100km (940m of climbing) and 160km (2000m of climbing) routes. There will be well-stocked feeding stations out on the road (one for the short and medium routes, two for the long route) offering a variety of food as well as first aid kits, spares and tools. 

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Details of the Santini Cotswold Spring Classic can be found online, but be quick - Andy Kirk and his team have already received entries and rider numbers are limited to just 600.

John, who too part last year, had the following to say: "I've ridden a dozen or so sportives over the last couple of years, and this was definitely the best value and best organised yet. A big thank you to all the team for organising it. Looking forward to the Autumn classic now." 

For further information about the event, and to enter, visit the event website www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk





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