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CX Sportive Join Forces with Wiggle to Launch 100 mile South Downs Way CX Event

by Nick Gregory

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The Cycle Events Organisation have teamed up with Wiggle to present the Wiggle CX Sportive Series in 2015. The series will feature established CX Sportive favourites and several new events. Central to the new additions will be the flagship Wiggle CX Century event on July 4 - an astonishing 100 mile South Downs Way challenge for CX bikes. 

The South Downs Way in a day is rite of passage in mountain biking circles; it's on practically every MTBers bucket list. The SDW is one of the country's most iconic long distance trails, at a full 100 miles in length with over 12,000ft of climbing, across a series of surprisingly big and eye-wateringly steep hills. The sweeping coastal views from the peaks are nothing short of inspirational, though, and the South Downs are unquestionably one of the most beautiful and distinctive landscapes in the UK. 

Taking on the South Downs Way on a CX bike feels like both a natural fit and a daunting prospect all at once. Its broad chalk tracks are exactly what the new breed of CX bike is made for, but the distance and gradients make this an awesome physical test; possibly the toughest you'll take on all year. 

You'll get plenty of support from the Cycle Events Organisation team, who have 20 years of experience organising South Downs Way end to end MTB events, road and CX sportives. CX Century support will include eight feed and support stations along the route, mechanical assistance from the well-stocked Wiggle support vehicles and lots more. 

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The Wiggle CX Century was announced to CX Sportive's subscriber list last month, with 100 reserved pre-entry places being snapped up inside of 24 hours. The event will open for general booking over the Christmas holiday period, and with only 500 places available in total, it is expected to book up fast. 

The full Wiggle CX Sportive Series calendar for 2015 is as follows: 

25 Jan, Wiggle Chilterns Wildwood CX Sportive (Woodcote, Oxfordshire) 
8 Mar, Wiggle South Downs Sting CX Sportive (Duncton, West Sussex) 
12 Apr, Surrey Hills Gravelcross CX Sportive  (Cranleigh, Surrey) 
4 Jul, Wiggle CX Century: The South Downs Way 
27 Sep, New Event (TBC) 
1 Nov, Wiggle Salisbury Saxon CX Sportive (Salisbury, Wiltshire) 

You can still sign up to the mailing list to get first notice when the CX Century goes on sale, and you can find out more about the event at cxsportive.com.





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