Cycle MK Sportive
09/04/2012 - Milton Keynes - Sportive
The Cycle-MK Sportive will take place on Sunday 9th April 2012, organized by Race Timing Systems in conjunction with the Milton Keynes Council.The event ws first run in 2010 and the event offers a serious challenge for the experienced rider with
distances of 100k and 100m.
The Sportive has been themed around one of Milton Keynes most famous locations - no not the concrete cows or the roundabouts, but Bletchley Park, the location where the Enigma code was broken during the World War II. Colossus was the name of the computer, and Bletchey Park was "Station X" and Hanslope Park "Station Y". On this sportive you will be Turing right and Turing left.
There is a choice of 2 sportive distances:
Codebreaker - 100km (60 miles) in length with one feed station (Feed Station X).
Colossus - 100 miles (170km) in length with two feed stations (Feed Stations X & Y).
The 2 courses will be the common until after the first feed at Feed Station X, after approximately 30 miles (50km), at Cranfield University Sports Hall (Wharley End). There will be a timing mat and shortly thereafter there will be a Boolean choice as the 2 rides will divide, with the Codebreaker returning to the finish in approximately another 30 miles (50km).
Colossus will take a longer loop back to the race HQ and there will be a further Feed Station Y after 60m (100km) at a, Silverstone Recreation Association, The Pavilion, Church Street, Silverstone NN12 8XA. There will be a further timing mats as the King of the Mountains climb at Pitchcott, which is at the most southerly part of the route. This will be timed and will also serve to
clarify who has ridden the Colossus route.
Once out of the City boundaries the routes take in some iconic places on route, ie Grand Union Canal, Woburn Abbey, Cranfield University Campus & Aerodrome, Emberton Park (home of MK tri), Hanslope Park (the real station Y), Towcester Race Course, Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, Stowe School etc
In 2011 over 300 riders took part in the event and both routes will be on quiet country lanes.
The riders will all be chip timed using the latest UHF timing equipment. Toilets, changing, showers, parking and refreshments will all be available at the race HQ. All riders will also receive a top quality event gillet worth £30!!!!