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Human Race Events Open Entries for 2016 Sportive Series

by Nick Gregory

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2016 entries are now open for the prestigious and popular Human Race Sportive Series. For the first time, the event organisers have launched entries for all events in the series - including big hitters such as L'Etape London, the Chiltern 100 and the Dragon Ride - on the same day, allowing riders to plan their perfect year and take advantage of multi-event offers. 

Extensive research conducted by Human Race has shown that, on average, a sportive rider will take part in over five organised events per year. Acknowledging that this can lead to a big financial outlay for cyclists, Human Race are offering new multi-event packages to ensure riders get fantastic value for money. The deals could save participants up to £42.  

Included in the Human Race Sportive Series from launch are:

  • The Lionheart - Sunday 17 April
  • The Chiltern 100 - Sunday 15 May
  • The Dragon Ride - Sunday 5 June
  • The London Cycle Sportive - Sunday 26 June
  • L'Etape London by le Tour de France - Sunday 25 September 

Riders in action at the Lionheart Sportive

In addition, the first 300 riders who sign up for one of the Human Race Sportive Series Multi-Event Packages will be given priority entry into the 2016 Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride.

The inaugural event earlier this year sold out in hours, with demand expected to exceed availability again when entries go on sale for next year. The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Ride takes place on the same weekend as the pro race and shares much of the same route. 

The Human Race Sportive Series will allow riders to take on a huge range of iconic climbs, spectacular routes and professional experiences. These include famous climbs such as Devil's Elbow and Black Mountain on the Dragon Ride, the chance to speed round the Herne Hill Velodrome and taking on the 21 hills of the Chiltern 100.

The Lionheart is the perfect way to kick-start the sportive season with it's beautiful but challenging routes around stunning Wiltshire. After starting at Longleat Safari Park, riders will have the opportunity pass Lions and other wild animals before heading out on routes of 100km or 100 miles. In just 4 years this ride has established itself as a firm favourite with cyclists, helped by its famous cheese and wine feed station halfway through.

Climbing one of the Chiltern 100's many hills

The Chiltern 100 is known as  'the toughest sportive close to the capital', infamously packing a leg busting 21 hills into the 177km Gran Fondo course with 2,700m of climbing. The event is based at the historic Bovingdon Airfield and organised in partnership with local experts Verulam Cycling Club, the original event founders.

The Dragon Ride, perhaps the UK's most prestigious sportive, will return on 5 June 2016. Riders can pick one of four fantastic routes and take on famous climbs such as Devil's Elbow, Black Mountain and Rhigos. The mammoth Dragon Devil distance (305km) is attempted by some hardy souls, but the Gran Fondo (230km) and Medio Fondo (153km) remain the choice of most. Brand new for 2016 is the Macmillan 100, a new 100km route perfect for those attempting the event for the first time.

Returning to the capital, the London Cycle Sportive is a firm favourite in the Human Race Sportive calendar, finishing with a timed lap of the newly refurbished 1948 Olympic Velodrome at Herne Hill. Three distances are on offer, giving riders of all abilities the opportunity to take part and take on the legendary Box Hill.

The perfect season-ender? A lap of the Olympic Park at L'Etape London

Finally, organised alongside Tour de France organisers, ASO, L'Etape London brings the glamour of the world's most famous cycling event to the Big Smoke. Thanks to Boris it looks like the race proper won't be coming back to the capital anytime soon, so why not relive much of Stage Three of the 2014 Tour de France route on this fantastic end of season classic.

The event finishes with a lap of honour around the Lee Valley VeloPark at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, home of the London 2012 Games.

For more information and to sign up for any of the events in the Human Race Sportive Series visit