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Being an Early Riser Could Dramatically Improve Your Wiggle Magnificat....

by Scott Pinhorne

The Meon Valley Riser is the perfect early season challenge, taking in key South Downs climbs you will have to ride again in the classic 127 mile Wiggle Magnificat Challenge. As a result the organisers of these two fantastic rides have gotten together to offer riders the chance to book both events for a combined total of just £40.


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Meon Valley Riser
The improved Meon Valley Riser will take place on Sunday 1st April 2012. Riders are signing up fast for this proven reliability test of fitness event, which is perfectly placed for getting you prepared for the Wiggle Magnificat that will roll out of Newbury racecourse on Sunday 3rd June. 

The Riser is a proper early season test of fitness. It gives cyclists the perfect opportunity to test their riding skills and fitness on the likes of Old Winchester Hill and Butser Hill - two of the hardest climbs Hampshire has to offer. 

Gareth Davies, 2011 Meon Valley Riser rider said:
"Just thought would drop you a note to say thanks for a great day - organisation was excellent and the routes were superbly thought out. To have routes that took in such little amounts of main roads was brilliant - especially some of the climbs - being away from traffic when you are struggling (which I was) makes it much more enjoyable - it is no mean feat to map a route this long and avoid busy roads!"


UCI Wiggle Magnificat
The Wiggle Magnificat will place on Sunday 3rd June 2012 - Bank Holiday, at Newbury Racecourse, and is renowned for its ability to bring together competitive, experienced, and family cyclists. 

There are three main challenges for the day: the 127mile MagnifiCat, the 81mile InterCat and 51 mile Communicat.  As the longest route, the MagnifiCat takes on 9 major climbs and the South Downs and has a cumulative ascent of 2,800m - making it one of the toughest endurance sportives in the UK. Having ridden the Riser your legs will be familiar with the 4 mile climb of Old Winchester Hill (6-14%) and the other South Down climbs!

Dominic Curran, 2011 MagnifiCat entrant and first time sportive rider said:
"It was without a doubt one of the hardest 8.5 hours of my life round the 127 mile course but as my very first Sportive, the organisation of the event and enthusiasm of all the amazing volunteers on the course will take some beating. Look forward to coming back next year." 


Both of these events are well-known for their accessibility to riders of all abilities and friendly atmospheres - making them firm fixtures in the ever-growing and competitive sportive calendar. 

Lee Reynolds and Ken Robson, the event organisers said:
'The sportive market, as we all know, has become increasingly busy over the past two years and we're very aware of this. By collaborating we are not only offering cyclists top class events with excellent rider safety support, we're also offering good opportunities for them to save on entry fees with special discounted rates when booking multiple events. We also believe that by taking care of the fine details we can make a real difference to the experience for our entrants. For example, riders will receive porridge for breakfast and jacket potatoes for lunch when taking part in the Riser, and live entertainment will welcome returning cyclists at the Wiggle Magnificat'.  

To encourage cyclists to take up these challenges the organisers are offering special discounted rates when you book both events together - limited period only - for just £40

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