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Still Time to Sign Up for the St George's Sportive on April 27th

by Nick Gregory

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Next Wednesday is St George's Day, and the following Sunday (27th April) sees the eighth running of the St George's Sportive, from Princes Risborough, in the heart of the Chiltern Hills - a quintessentially English setting. 

And like St George himself, it's an event with some history - in UK sportive terms at least. First run in 2007, it was one of the first couple of dozen regular sportives in the UK, and the first full sportive to take place in the Chilterns. Eight years on it is as popular as ever, regularly selling out its 800 rider capacity year-on-year. 

A big part of its success is the fantastic (and challenging) course. Checking out the route statistics on southernsportive.com doesn't allude to much. However, its position in the Spring Classics season is apt, because it's deceptively tough. A more detailed look at the buzzsaw route profile reveals that the sharp climbs just keep on coming. And the twisting country lanes will keep you on the ball throughout the day. 

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Nevertheless, the effort is worth it. It's a stunning area of the country, and the beautiful surroundings will help take your mind off the physical challenges ahead. The Chilterns in spring is a great place to be out on a bike, and will leave you wanting to come back for more. 

Southern Sportive are renowned for their slick and friendly organisation; no doubt the experience gained from 20 years of running cycling events helps, but they make great events look easy. With the sun out and this spring shaping up to be a fine one, the final places for the St George are selling fast - so book now for a ride you won't want to miss. 

Full details and secure online entry can be found at southernsportive.com





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