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The CFC Sportive

27/05/2018 - Stratford upon Avon - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 90.1% based on 18 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 98.889%

Eckers wrote:

Possibly the best Cyclosportive in England, achieves the fine balance between challenging but not ridiculous. Beautiful scenery, route takes advantage of some memorable climbs and sweeping enjoyable descents, well organised, very clear signage. All topped off with a free burger at the end !!! Its a very, very, enjoyable ride that's accessible to all levels of rider. Pick a distance. Enjoy!


Rated Event: 95.556%

Andrew Lee wrote:

Good sportive for an excellent cause. It had scenic route in teh Cotswolds with a mix of challenging hills and faster sections. Signage was very clear and the big signs were visible from distance.
The organisation was friendly and registration was very slick. Good parking facilities very near the start at Stratford Racecourse.
Feed stations were fine but a bit more variety would have been better.


Rated Event: 70.000%

Eckers wrote:

Overall the ride was slick to sign on...good venue.....nice people.....good route with a couple of filthy testing bits for a challenge. Well worth a go next year.


Rated Event: 84.444%

offal wrote:

Everyone helping friendly and supportive. Good communications pre and during. Route wonderful. Benefits from the lumpier middle section and for the longest route Sudeley and Stanway hills. Cruel but somehow satisfying.
Timing needs sorting re. distances. I doubt the quicker 150 mile times are other than the 100 mile (or in 1 case 100k) times.
Easy to use though.
For those doing the 150 mile super-heroes, the cessation of the BBQ well before the broom wagon maximum time limit could be construed as at least unfortunate. Those doing the longest distance unlikely to get anything savoury at the end. If 12 hours is given then the BBQ (and I do get it for those volunteering to run it) needs to run to the end.


Rated Event: 82.222%

MarkAnstey wrote:

Overall, an excellent event taking you through some beautiful countryside. Still not sure where to find the time results on the website though.


Rated Event: 98.889%

JonMARTIN wrote:

I would have given 10 out of 10 for the Feed Stops if there had been any bananas left (At first food stop for the 100k all the bananas had been taken by the 100mile riders who had passed through earlier the greedy sods. Apparently they looked like "gunslingers" with the bananas sticking out of various areas of lycra). Seriously, a truely great event for a truely great cause.


Rated Event: 100.000%

mingerella wrote:

A great sportive, well worth doing. Great route in wonderful countryside with plenty of signage. Was a really hot day but lots of supplies at all the feed stations. Even jelly babies to help ease the pain. Looking forward to next years


Rated Event: 78.889%

SuzanneGreen wrote:

Well organised and a lovely ride.


Rated Event: 94.444%

offal wrote:

Very enjoyable ride in wonderful countryside. Some hills but neither flat nor exhausting, particularly in the heat of the day!
Very friendly and organised staff and support (thanks to all).
Accessible venue with all that was needed. Well done all the BBQ personnel in that heat.
I was Ok with seat post timing. All I want it to do is work (note Dragon)!
There were spare cable ties at venue to double up and attach number to handlebars.
Excellent ride.


Rated Event: 97.778%

normanp wrote:

Brilliant ride through wonderful countryside. Very car-free and good roads. Excellent food stops - really generous with plenty of savory items. Signage really clear. Very nice flattish 40k at the start followed by plenty of hills in the Cotswolds. Would strongly recommend this one.


Rated Event: 87.778%

andytriharder wrote:

Websitr easy to use.
Registration good
Parking in recently cut grass which was a bit messy (but dry and close to start)
Start well organised
Not sure about the timing chip on the number attched to seat post!
Big arrows but could do with more repeat signs after junctions
Feeds stations well placed and good energy foods
excellent route very scenic
Finish not very well supported
Good free barbaque
Entry fee well priced and location of event very good.
I enjoyed the ride and would recommend it, just need a few small improvemnts to make it excellent. Well done organisers.


Rated Event: 90.000%

mitch84 wrote:

will be riding this event every year now ,one of the best courses i do all year ,not too hilly and plenty of smooth fast roads .feed stops were superb well stocked with very friendly staff .easy car park with toilets and showers and even a burger at the end .would recommend to everyone .


Rated Event: 100.000%

TraceyHunt wrote:

Simply the Best event EVER!!!!! Its a must, and not to be missed next year!!!


Rated Event: 91.111%

RuberyBlue wrote:

Superb location, well organised. Experienced riders need to be aware that shorter (10 mile) routes will have inexperienced riders and children on them.


Rated Event: 87.778%

Sorebones wrote:

A very well organised event on a great course. Something for everyone - a couple of tough long climbs and plenty of gentle rolling Cotswold terrain. Well stocked feed stations with a variety of sweet and savoury, plus High 5 energy drink.

Only niggle would be a lack of signage in a couple of areas - I'm glad I had a Garmin to guide me and no outriders on the course. That said it is a charity event and the roads are generally very quiet so no need to too much support. we were unlucky that there seemed to be some MG owners event on the same day, making it an interesting time on the narrow lanes approaching Chipping Camden! Everyone seemed in good humour though, no doubt in part to the fabulous sunshine. I will definitely be back in 2013 for my hat-trick in this event.


Rated Event: 87.778%

JenniferT wrote:

My blog is here: http://www.thecyclingmayor.com/?p=1881

Essentially the route was pretty and scenic, if we¢€™d been paying attention which we weren¢€™t really, being too busy concentrating on surviving the wind. The roads were nice and quiet too, and mostly in pretty good nick. The food stops were great ¢€Â" village halls with toilets, and both well stocked and friendly. The whole event seemed efficiently run, and I have yet another medal and goody bag bottle to add to the collection.


Rated Event: 98.790%

mingerella wrote:

Great well organised event. Good quality feed stations. Beautiful scenery. Not to testing but good rolling terrain


Rated Event: 77.700%

ajbrough wrote:

A well organised event, plenty of parking at the racecourse and well stocked feed stations every 25 miles. The 65 mile route we did would normally be a great sportive for a first time sportive rider, but the crazy wind conditions made it one of the toughest rides I've done this year. There is only one tough climb and no technical descents on the shorter route, but the descent into Chipping Camden is great fun.

The route itself is well though out - largely very quiet lanes and the scenery in the north Cotswolds helps to take your mind off burning legs - the climb from Stanway is a great test. Given that this sportive is aimed at charity, I think it is descent value for money (the goody bag is not great, but personally I'd rather the extra cash went to the charity anyway). There are no outriders, but given the lack of busy roads and technical descents, I wouldn't have thought they were needed.





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