What has become one of our most popular events is such a welcome start-of-season test for a cyclist that it runs on both a Saturday and Sunday – and yet it still sells out before the day. Take this as a sign that you’ll get your cycling fill from this sportive, which takes in much of the stunning New Forest on the route.
Starting just outside the National Park, near Ringwood, you’ll begin the ride in the south-west corner of the Forest and head east first of all, completing an anti-clockwise loop of the woodland area on the day on unspoilt and quiet back lanes with picturesque views.
As you ride and take in the views in the rolling scenery, there will be a number of hills to challenge your legs – plus a test to come near the end – with short and sharp climbs popping up every now and again to keep you on your toes. Beautiful New Forest villages of Sway, Beaulieu and Lepe are passed through before you head north and back into the centre of the district.
Quickly in and out of central point Lyndhurst, you’ll soon cross the M27 and take on the events major climb of the day, just outside Nomansland. It’s steep, but fairly short, so you should be able to dispose of this quickly and continue on your way. From here, it’s downhill all the way – with one spiky hill exception around Stuckton and the final feed stop – as you roll back around the edges of the Forest, towards Ringwood, and claim your medal, t-shirt and Powerbar recovery product at the finish line.
Somerley House and Gardens are not usually open to the public; however as an added bonus, riders of the Wiggle New Forest Spring Sportive and supporters will have the chance to view some of the State rooms within the House and access to the Gardens on the event day.
As the event is likely to sell out well in advance of the event, please book early to avoid disappointment.
We ask all riders to read and observe the New Forest Cycling Code: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cycling-code
Please note that no dogs are allowed at the event venue
If you would like to help out for the day or ride the event for free in exchange for helping out for a few hours in the morning then please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org