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Southern Sportive: The Year Ahead

by Henry Peacock

The Tour de France, another large sporting event in London and finally the promise of some sunshine are all set to make the second half of the summer great for cycling. Southern Sportive are ready for the rush, and if you've been missing out on the miles so far this year, there's still time for you to get ready too.

Weather forecasters are finally predicting an end to the ongoing summer deluge, and veteran event organisers Southern Sportive are predicting an influx of riders getting back in the saddle after a weather disrupted season. 


Southern Sportive's Martin Harrison says: "Cyclists are a tough breed, and in spite of the rain, our season has been buoyant so far. It has been an exceptionally wet year though, and as a result, we're hearing from a lot of people who have been struggling to get the miles in their legs this season."

All that looks set to change though. With the jet stream that has been delivering our awful weather predicted to finally take up it's proper summer position, plus Bradley Wiggins' historic bid for Tour success and hopefully Olympic cycling glory to follow, the end of the summer looks a lot brighter for getting out on the bike. "The signs are a lot better, and I think we're all ready for it!" continues Martin. "Particularly if people have been frustrated by the weather so far, I think they'll just want to get out even, particularly with cycling making the headlines." The concern for a lot of riders is being fit enough to complete events if they're short of training, particularly on the big challenges. There is the Southern Sportive 192km Wilier Gauntlet in September to get out on the bike.

Southern Sportive include at least three distance options in their sportives. If riders choose to change distance on the day they are allowed without any hassle. Southern Sportive have three more events on their 2012 calendar: The Woodcote Sportive in the Chilterns on August 19th, the Southern Sportive (including Wilier Gauntlet) from Petersfield in the South Downs on September 9th, and the challenging new Cotswold Edge Sportive on October 14th.For full details and booking visit:

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