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Entries for KILOTOGO's 2015 Events Smash All Previous Records

by Nick Gregory

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Sportive organisers, KILOTOGO are enjoying their best ever start to a season launch, with sales well ahead of any year so far. Places are still available for each of the events, but you'll need to act fast if you're thinking of riding. 

Cheshire Cat - 29 March - 105/ 80/ 50 Miles 

The ninth edition of the event will include tests such as the Wincle climbs, and new for 2015, the Delamere climbs. There is also the added attraction of a closed road ascent of the Mow Cop Killer Mile. 

Three routes will be on offer in total - with 105, 80 and 50 mile options available. The longest of which features 5,318ft of climbing. 'The Cat' laps up beautiful yet challenging cycling terrain in Cheshire, from the Peak in the east to the Plain in the west.  

Last year Cyclosport's Sean Lacey tackled the Cheshire Cat: "Ah, the first century ride of the season - always a good test of whether your winter miles have paid off, and an indicator of the season to come... as with all KILOTOGO events, it was run to a high standard and offered a cracking route - the reason you are here in reality. The changes from previous years are for the better, and the closed Mow Cop climb was much more fun with the knowledge that it could be attacked without distraction. As an early season big event, it's one I would definitely recommend." 

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Cornwall Tor - 19 April - 110/ 83/ 50 Miles 

The 2015 event will move to a new HQ at the Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, where riders can enjoy hot showers and overnight camping on the Saturday. You can purchase camping tickets during the entry process. Only one ticket is required per tent or campervan / motorhome.  

The route will return to the North Atlantic coastline, including climbs such as the Coombe Valley (North of Bude), Crackington Haven, Port Issac, Port Quin and Millook - one of the UK's steepest ascents. The event is widely considered to be Cornwall's biggest and best sportive, and next year three routes of 110, 83 and 50 miles will be on offer. These three routes will serve up 9,000ft, 7,000ft and 3,500ft of climbing respectively. 

Simon Thomson, from event organisers KILOTOGO added: "Local cyclists already know how beautiful - and tough - this part of Cornwall is; but they also know what a quiet and enjoyable backdrop Cornwall makes to 'The Tor'. We're letting the secret free with this event as increasingly more cyclist from 'up-country' are coming down and realising what a great place Cornwall is." 

Tour of the Peak - 17 May - 115/ 62 Miles 

You've heard the saying you can't make an omelette without breaking eggs? Well you can't design a picturesque route in the Peak District, taking in some of the country's toughest climbs and favourite beauty spots, without creating an incredible cycling challenge. That's the essence of the Tour of the Peak - it'll take your breath away in more than one sense.  

Next year's running of the event is set to be the biggest and best yet, with organisers KILOTOGO offering a fully closed road ascent of Winnats Pass, as well as the additional challenges of the seven mile Cat 'n' Fiddle climb and Holme Moss - now of Tour de France fame. The Tour of the Peak is one of very few sportives to tackle the 'Big Three' of the Peak District - described by Cyclsoport's James Berresford as the "triumvirate of pain." 

The Tour of the Peak is based on the old Tour of the Peak race (1943-2005) that played host to some of the biggest names in British cycling history. There are two routes on offer - 115 miles and 62 miles - with the stiffer of the two tests serving up an eye-watering 13,000ft of climbing in Britain's most popular national park. 

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Flatout in the Fens - 28 June - 154/ 112/ 62 Miles 

On 28 June it will be the turn of Peterborough to play host to KILOTOGO, when Flatout in the Fens rolls into townThe event offers 3 route options, including an epic 154 mile route (the UK's original 150+ mile sportive) and a 112 mile distance that's ideal for those training towards an IronMan. This is a sportive that challenges riders in a completely different way.  

The Fenlands present many challenges for those taking part, but hills definitely aren't one of them. The event, which attracts nearly 1000 riders, is based in some of the UK's flattest countryside across the counties of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk.  

There's not a signal significant climb anywhere on the route, but plenty of superlatives. Riders will pass the lowest point of altitude in the land, at 4 meters below sea level, courtesy of some very impressive Dutch dyke-style engineering. Based from Peterborough, the event takes places at the height of summer to give riders the maximum amount of daylight hours to complete their chosen route. 

All events offer KILOTOGO's 'Ticket to Ride' service for those participants who sign up in advance, meaning no registration queue on the day - just turn up and ride having received everything you need in the post in advance. The events will also feature electronic timing, event photography, industry leading signage, well stocked feed stations and mechanical support. Furthermore, motorcycle outriders and paramedic backup will be on hand should it be needed.  

For more information visit www.kilotogo.com.