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Cycle~MK Sportive

10/04/2011 - Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire - Sportive

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The Cycle-MK Sportive will take place on Sunday 10th April 2011, organized by Race Timing Systems in conjunction with the Milton Keynes Council. The event ws first run in 2010

This event will offer a serious challenge for the experienced rider with distances of 100k and 100m.

The Headquarters of the event is the world famous National Bowl in Milton Keynes.

The Sportive has been themed around one of Milton Keynes most famous locations - no not the concrete cows or the roundabouts, but Bletchley Park, the location where the Enigma code was broken during the World War II. Colossus was the name of the computer, and Bletchey Park was "Station X" and Hanslope Park "Station Y". On this sportive you will be Turing right and Turing left.

There is a choice of 2 sportive distances:

Codebreaker - 100km (60 miles) in length with one feed station (Feed Station X).

Colossus - 100 miles (170km) in length with two feed stations (Feed Stations X & Y).

The 2 courses will be the common until after the first feed at Feed Station X, after approximately 30 miles (50km), at Cranfield University Sports Hall (Wharley End). There will be a timing map and shortly thereafter there will be a Boolean choice as the 2 rides will divide, with the Codebreaker returning to the finish in approximately another 30 miles (50km).

Colossus will take a longer loop back to the Bowl and there will be a further Feed Station Y after 60m (100km) at a, Silverstone Recreation Association, The Pavilion, Church Street, Silverstone NN12 8XA. There will be a further timing mats as the King of the Mountains climb at Pitchcott, which is at the most southerly part of the route. This which will be timed and will also serve to clarify who has ridden the Colossus route.

The HQ is at The National Bowl ( and the sportive will start with a lap of the Bowl and exit onto Watling Street, which will be closed for the duration of the event.

Once out of the City boundaries the routes take in some iconic places on route, ie Grand Union Canal, Woburn Abbey, Cranfield University Campus & Aerodrome, Emberton Park (home of MK tri), Hanslope Park (the real station Y), Towcester Race Course, Silverstone Motor Racing Circuit, Stowe School etc

The 2 routes coincided again at Whaddon, just outside the City limits, and retrace the route back to The Bowl where you will finish, "Paris-Roubaix" style with a lap of the circuit and cross the timing mat under the gantry.

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 The National Bowl (
Address Line 2 Watling Street, Furzton
Town Milton Keynes
County Buckinghamshire
Postcode MK5 8AA
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

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