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Finish 2015 on a High with the Essex Season Ender this November

by Nick Gregory

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The clocks have changed, the weather's turned and everyone is generally feeling fairly miserable. However, if you're not quite ready to call time on your cycling season just yet then SportiveUK are offering the chance to finish on a high with the Essex Season Ender. 

Despite now being in its third year, the organisers have tweaked things year on year based on feedback from riders. This year's event will take place on Sunday 8 November. 

"Running an event at this time of year can have its challenges," says Jeremy Bonn from SportiveUK. "You're never sure what the weather is going to throw at you, so the roads you choose have to be suitable for all conditions. That's why we've continued to tweak the route to make things as good as they can be no matter the weather". 

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But it's not only things related to the route that can be improved. "It can be quite cool this time of year," notes Bonn; "including tea and coffee at feed stations can make a real difference as even stopping for a few minutes can really cool riders down." 

The one thing that appears to be biggest change to this year's event is the addition of a 2km timed section. This is due to take place on the closed road race circuit at Redbridge Cycling Centre. 

When asked what motivated the organisers to include this, Bonn replied: "Many cyclists love seeing how fast they can go on certain segments. Going all out in on an open road with the presence of traffic can be dangerous, that's why we thought using the track at the centre was a perfect alternative." 

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"It's identical to conditions on a perfectly tarmacked road, but there's no chance of running into any vehicles coming the opposite way. Although adding the additional timing systems to accommodate this will cost us more, this is one of the last Sportives of the season and we wanted to make it special for people," Bonn concluded. 

So there you have it, The Essex Season Ender 2015 promises to be the best yet. For more information visit http://www.sportiveuk.co.uk.