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Spring Forward Ride Staffs Uttoxeter Sportive

07/04/2019 - Uttoxeter - Sportive

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The Long One:
  • 57 miles
  • 2956ft climbing
  • British Cycling Difficulty Grade 2 
  • Minimum ave speed: 12mph

Starting and finishing in Uttoxeter, our 58 mile route has plenty to test your early season legs with early and late climbs to bookend a route that has all the features of a true Spring Classic.

The first part of your ride will take you north towards Rocester, passing JCB, and Croxden Abbey as you gently climb towards the first main climb of the day - Quarry Bank, a 0.6m ascent that averages 5% but gets as steep as 16% on its hairpin bend. A couple of miles of descent follow to allow you to get your breath back before another long phase of climbing that takes you all the way to Milwich from where it's largely downhill to the first feed of the day at Hixon.

The middle phase of the ride is made up of rolling roads that take you up to Abbots Bromley and through Hoar Cross as you head east until you once again head north toward Hanbury and the second feed of the day.

After the second and final feed of the day we take a different route from Hanbury back towards Uttoxeter, adding a final sting in the tail with Marchington Cliff coming just 6 miles from the finish. This final climb is 1 mile long, has an average of 5.5% and a max of 13%. Good job it's just 5miles to the end from the top!

Spring Forward 2019 Long

The short one:

  • 40 miles
  • 2194ft climbing
  • British Cycling Difficulty Grade 1 (easy) 
  • Minimum ave speed: 10mph

Your shorter route is 40 miles long with a couple of short cuts that let you spring forward relative to riders on the long ride. So if this is your chosen option, you'll be taking the direct route from Uttoxeter to the first feed via Kingstone and Blythe Bridge.

After the feed you get a more direct route to Abbots Bromley before once again joining riders on the longer ride for the remainder of the route through Hanbury and that final killer climb up Marchington Cliff before returning for a well earned rest in Uttoxeter.

Spring Forward 2019 Short

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