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Dragons Beware: St George's Sportive Celebrates Tenth Anniversary in 2016

by Nick Gregory

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Southern Sportive's patriotic St George's Sportive celebrates its tenth outing this year. 

Taking place on the nearest Sunday to St George's Day (April 24th in 2016), the event sets off from Princes Risborough in the heart of the Chiltern Hills - a quintessentially English setting for a ride celebrating the nation's patron saint. 

Like St George himself, it's an event with some history (in UK sportive terms at least.) 

First run in 2007, it was one of the first couple of dozen regular sportives in the UK, and the first full sportive to take place in the Chilterns. Ten years on it's proving as popular as ever, having regularly sold-out its 800 rider capacity year on year. 

A big part of the event's success is down to the course, which is as stunning as it is challenging. 

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Checking out the stats on the Southern Sportive website, you could be forgiven for thinking the ride isn't too tough; but aptly enough - given the time of year - the St George's Sportive has all the hallmarks of a Spring Classic. 

The profile traces a ragged saw-tooth pattern as the sharp climbs just keep on coming. Likewise, the twisting and technical country lane descents will keep you on the ball throughout the day.  

But all the effort is worth it. It's a stunning part of the country, and the beautiful surroundings will help take your mind off the physical challenges. The Chilterns in spring are a great place to be out on a bike, and the St George's Sportive will certainly leave you wanting to come back for more. 

Full details and online entry can be found at www.southernsportive.com.





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