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The Wiggle Rut - The Final Sportive of British Summertime in England's Smallest County

by Nick Gregory

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The Wiggle Rut has always been a popular end of season event (rider numbers approached four figures last year) and 2014 is set to be even bigger thanks to revamped routes and the addition of a third, shorter route.

The Wiggle Rut takes place on the final day of British Summertime - Saturday 25 October 2014 - and therefore represents your final chance to get out on two wheels before the dreaded winter is officially upon us.

The event takes place in England's smallest county, Rutland, from the prestigious Uppingham School. Rutland's county motto is Multum in Parvo, which means 'much in little', and pound for pound the county certainly packs a punch for those who are keen to explore by bike. The terrain is characterised by vales (like Catmose, Belvoir and Rutland Water itself) and plateaus (Cottesmore and Ketton for example). This translates into mildly undulating rather than outright hilly riding - perfect for a challenging but do-able end of season sportive.

As mentioned there are three routes on offer, traversing a number of midland counties and covering 104 miles (5,000ft climbing), 60 miles (2,700ft climbing) or 35 miles (1,900ft climbing). The Wiggle Rut is a great event to wrap up summer with, held on very quiet roads - think little traffic; good surfaces; wide and well-manicured grass verges.

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The magnificent Harringworth Viaduct with it's 82 arches

For 2014 Kilo to Go have teamed up with a new UK-wide charity partner - Caudwell Children. Founded in 2000, Caudwell Children provide practical and emotional support for disabled children and their families.

Kilo to Go make sure no stone is left unturned in the effort to deliver the ultimate sportive experience; they post your 'Ticket to Ride' pack prior to the event so that you don't have to queue at the registration desk on the day. All finishers receive a HIGH5 taster pack, water bottle, goodie bag, finisher's medal, certificate and a short video of the moment they cross the finish line. 

The Wiggle Rut will offer class-leading electronic timing, event photography, mechanical support and well-stocked feed stations at Ryhall, Cottesmore and Billesdon (on the long route, short and mid routes have one and two feed stations respectively.)

Motorcycle outriders and paramedics will be out on course should anyone get into any difficulty, and if you have a serious mechanical the broom wagon can return you to HQ. Kilo to Go is also known for its industry-leading hi-vis magenta route signing, which directs riders around the course. 

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All routes head south east out of Uppingham towards Seaton and Harringworth before turning north towards Rutland Water Nature Reserve and Reservoir via Morcott, Wing and Manton. Following the edge of Rutland Water, the three routes remain as one through Edith Weston and on to Empingham. At this point, around the 16 mile mark, riders on the short route head due north in the direction of Cottesmore, whilst medium and long route riders continue to the most easterly point on the Wiggle Rut, at Greatford.

Returning west through Carlby and Castle Bytham the mid and long routes skirt Morkery Wood then press on to South Witham, on the road to Melton Mowbray - famous for its eponymous pork pies. No time for a factory visit though, and in fact the routes actually bypass the town itself to head south and re-join the short route at Cottesmore.

Riders on the short and mid routes have just 13 miles to go at this point, and head more or less due south straight for home through Oakham, Brooke and Ridlington to complete their 34 and 60 mile routes respectively. For the long route riders though it's another story, as the road takes them in the opposite direction to the most northerly point on the route, at Saxby. From here it's south and west through Great Dalby and on to South Croxton at the 70 mile mark.

The route winds its way south-east in a roundabout fashion, taking in the appropriately named Tilton on the Hill before bisecting the green areas of Launde Big Wood and Launde Park Wood, as well as Tugby Wood. With around ten miles remaining, riders will turn east for one final time and from here it's a straight run back to Uppingham, passing through Hallaton en route. 

For more information about the routes, click HERE; and to register and find out more about the event visit the Kilo to Go WEBSITE.





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