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The Perfect 10 - Cyclosport's Must-Do Sportives in July

by Nick Gregory

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The Lapierre White Roads Classic
Date: 12 July 2015
Location: Oxfordshire

Entries are now open for the Lapierre 'White Roads Classic' - a tough 115 km (72 mile) sportive inspired by what is possibly the most beautiful professional bike race in the world: the Italian one-day Classic known as the Strade Bianche.

The White Roads Classic similarly features sectors of white gravel and chalk roads (nine in total, ranging from 1300m to 2600m in length) on and around the Ridgeway National Trail in Oxfordshire. The Ridgeway is the oldest road in Britain, dating back at least 5000 years. It sits atop the spectacular chalk downland of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which, on a sunny day, bear a striking resemblance to the hills of Tuscany.

The event will have an Italian theme, with a variety of Italian foods, espresso, and a glass of prosecco for every finisher. Feed stations, a broom wagon and medical support will be provided. There is also the option of a shorter 65 km (40-mile) route, which skips sectors 8 and 9 and the first feed station, but is otherwise the same as the full 112 km route.

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