Jodrell Bank Sportive 2011

Those of you out there looking for an early season sportive, or merely looking to get some miles into the legs before the Cheshire Cat, may look no further than the Jodrell Bank Cyclosportive which is back for a second year.

Jodrell Bank Cyclosportive 2011 goes ahead on Saturday 12th March (ideal if you don't want to miss the Sunday club run) with a new, bigger HQ at Poynton Leisure Centre.

I took part last year and really enjoyed it, it is a basic but well organised sportive. The highlight was the timing chips, which was something for such a new event. The stats were excellent. Hopefully they will be back.

The first 75% of the ride takes in the nice easy flat lanes of Cheshire which roll out of Poynton to around the outskirts of Wilmslow and Prestbury before heading to Great Warford. From there you go across to Peover and Allostock for the first feed stop outside Goostrey. From Goostrey you go on a massive loop around Jodrell Bank before heading off down to Withington and into Prestbury and Pott Shrigley. After a couple of lumpy bits its back home to Poynton.

For 2011 they've taken the hills out from around Pott Shrigley on the shorter rides but kept them in on the 80 miles.

The spec does say you'll be on good quality, quiet roads. I wouldn't say "good quality". The quiet country lanes of Cheshire are very rough and rutted with holes about the place so take care!

30 miles is £15 while 50 and 80 are £25. Sportive starts at 8am. You can enter here:

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