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Vitus Road Sportive

19/05/2012 - Selkirk, Scottish Borders - Sportive

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The Road Sportives have been running since 2008 at selected locations all over the UK. 2012 will see a continuation of this with the addition of a new location in Shropshire, England. 

None of the hill climbs are Alpine in scale but only one is less than 100m vertical and if you check the course profiles, there isn't a flat road in between, so the ascent total soon builds up. Note: Climb highpoints are shown in square brackets.

Everyone will head out of Selkirk [120metres] along the picturesque Ettrick Valley, with 2 miles of easy spinning before hitting a single-track road that snakes its way up onto the Woll Rig [334m]. After a fast descent to the village of Ashkirk, you start a lovely undulating moorland road that takes in Blawearie, Alemoor Reservoir and The Rankle Burn before reaching the first feed stop at Tushie Law in Ettrick Valley. Here the 47's turn east and take on two of the best climbs in the Borders, The Berry Bush [380m] and Witchie Knowe [362m] before an easy run back to Selkirk along the valley floor. The long course riders turn left and makes for the wilds of Eskdalemuir.

Given a calm day, it's a big-ring churn up to the source of the Tima Water near the glamorously named Foulbog [334m] and on past Samie Ling Tibetan Monastery. Stop for tea and contemplation if you want but you may be persuaded to stay (in silence) for 3 years, 3 days, 3 hours, 3 mins get the drift. At Eskdalemuir village (two houses and a tree) it's a right turn and a tough peck over to Boreland through endless Spruce plantations of Castle O'er Forest. Look for a well-stocked feed table at the village.

After more winding roads, a near miss with Moffat and a marvelous 10mile climb alongside Moffat Water (blink the sweat from your eyes long enough glance at the areas' highest waterfall, the Gray Mares Tail if you can.) the Dumfries/Selkirkshire border marks another high point [338], the return to civilisation and the start of a 45 minute rolling descent past the Borders' best known beauty spot, St Mary's Loch. Feed stop #3 soon comes into view at The Gordon Arms Hotel.

Next up is The Witchie Knowe [362], 167 vertical metres of hell for tired legs and the last climb of the day which turns left on reaching the Ettrick Valley road and follow the same return route as the 47's. 

The clockwise direction of each route means that the outward leg will be into the prevailing wind and like last year, there are no busy main roads included; in fact on some sections you'll be lucky to see a car. The courses are going to be a challenge for most but choose a distance that suits your current level of fitness, get some miles in well before the big day and the reward will be some of the best sportive riding to be experienced anywhere in Britain. 

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Selkirk Rugby Club
Address Line 2 Heatherlie Park,
Town Selkirk
County Borders Region
Postcode TD7 5AL
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
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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