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SportivePhoto Southern Spring Classic PREVIEW

by Holly Blades

SportivePhoto held a press ride for their upcoming Southern Spring Classic which takes place on 1st April. Those who came rode the Standard route of 49 miles, starting at Hollycombe Steam Museum just outside Liphook.

The course was designed by Phil O'Connor who is the founder of SportivePhoto, he lives close to the course and has chosen a route that brings together some favourite rides when out on his bike.

There are four hills, the first is average, in fact on the press ride the riders encountered someone riding a mountainbike up it whilst pulling a trailer with a small child in it and the rider got to the top okay!

The second has a sting in the tail just after Oakhanger at 16 miles, whilst the third climb uses the new cycle path that goes to the top of the Devil's Punchbowl.

This cycle path was built due to the recent opening of the A3 Hindhead Tunnel, and, as cycles are not allowed through the tunnel, thankfully a glorious cycle path was built through the now peaceful Devil's Punchbowl coming 10 miles from the end of the course.

The final climb is the one up to the finish, and is the same climb that you descend in the morning when beginning the ride. Those riding the 71 mile route will encounter an extra climb at Medstead but will be rewarded with some lovely rolling Hampshire countryside and a second food stop as well!

Generally the route is not too taxing, the roads are quiet plus there are plenty of pretty villages and duck ponds to keep you visually entertained. The event is organised on SportivePhoto's behalf by UK Cycling Events, therefore you know you can guarantee good signage, marshalls where needed and well stocked food stations. There is also free massage at the finish, on a first come first served basis.

As this is SportivePhoto's first event they are offering all riders the opportunity to download their photographs from the website free of charge afterwards. They are also looking to have a higher number of photographers on the course than usual so there will be a good selection for you to download.

SportivePhoto has been going since 2007 when they covered 12 events, this will be their sixth season and they will be at the roadside of over 100 events in 2012.

Started by Phil O'Connor, who had spent the previous 25 years photographing sport professionally and wanted to get involved in something a little different, He has utilised his experience from 25 Tours de France plus 6 Olympic Games and built up a service that aims to give riders good quality images from their day in the saddle - on this occasion, all routes are thoroughly researched beforehand and the team of photographers that Phil uses are given detailed instructions how to shoot the event to its best potential.

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