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Event Venue: East of England Showground, Dunblane Drive, Orton Southgate, Peterborough, PE2 6SH

Celebrate the start of our cycling season at one of the UK's best open road events this March. The Cambridgeshire Classic Sportive is a gentle early season ride to get your year’s training underway, with routes suitable for all levels whether you’re a newcomer or a seasoned cyclist.

Heading out of from the Peterborough Showground, you'll warm up on the first mini climb of the day as you pass Elton Golf club. A gradual descent welcomes you as you touch the edge of the village of Elton followed by an opportunity to open the legs up on a long undulating stretch towards Wansford and over the river Nene as you get rolling on this exhilarating ride.

All routes on the Cambridgeshire Classic Sportive have a series of short climbs and descents, broken up by opportunities to spin those legs back into shape on the flatter sections.

Enjoy the views as you traverse rural Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire. Standard and Epic riders may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the tigers prowling their cages as they pass through Hamerton, making this a truly unique ride experience.

The Challenges

Woodnewton - take a deep breath as you head towards this climb, around 5% average for half a mile instantly followed by a fast quarter-mile descent. 

Bedford Purlieus Nature Reserve - make yourself comfortable as you take on the 1% climb. Sounds easy, but after 4 miles, you’ll start to notice it.

Kimbolton - 100ft in under a mile. The first quarter of this climb is by far the toughest. A little downhill to catch your breath then it gets a lot easier for the remainder.

Catworth -  take the opportunity to get a good run up on this one, average 3% with a naughty bit of 6% right in the middle. It’s just over half a mile but dead straight. Team GB youngster Danni Khan set a QOM for this climb in Sept 2018.

Polebrook - your final big climb of the day. It’s just a mile but at a 2% average and after 60 miles, you’ll really feel this one! Get to the top and it's all downhill from here with a fast descent back toward the Oundle road, then its a short spin back to the finish line!

Route Information

Route: Epic GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 70 Miles   

   

Route: Standard GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 52 Miles   

   

Route: Short GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 34 Miles   

   

Additional Information

Times and Awards
Times and Awards

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

Event photography by SportivePhoto
Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit our Rider Photos section a day or two after you have taken part in the event to view and purchase your photos.

Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.

Times and Awards

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit our Rider Photos section a day or two after you have taken part in the event to view and purchase your photos.

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.

What our customers say about us

  • Did the Watt Bike 40 mile Sportive today, had a lovely time. Great route on quiet roads with challenging hills, all well signposted and a lovely atmosphere. The marshalls & staff deserve a special thank you for standing out for hours in truly gruesome weather. The feed station was well stocked with all needs catered for, the bike wash stocked up with Muc-off products and the soup at the end were the icing on the cake. Southwell racecourse had brilliant facilities. Shame about the weather being freezing cold & sooo wet but totally worth it, had a lot of fun. Thank you to all involved.

  • well organised event. The new forest route was stunning with beautiful wild life on the way

  • I would just like to say a big thank you to all the marshals and support mechanics on the Wattbike Falkirk Ride on Sunday; the guys were absolutely amazing. We had several issues en route including punctures, cramps, a crash and ever-decreasing morale, but these guys supported us right to the bitter end and got us through the epic course. I have never attended such a well-organised event; even the signage was spot on. So well done and thank you!

  • I went on the Box Hill sportive. It was a very well organized event, with marshals at the busiest junctions and signage at every junction, plus feed stations. There was a proper start/finish line with chip timing. The route was downloadable in advance as a .gpx file. Very nice scenery in the surrey hills area of outstanding natural beauty.

  • Just completed the Eye up in Rippon the Standard absolutely brilliant well organised and good signage. Have done a few e events this year. 2020 I will be in my 80th year so looking forward to taking part in UK Cycling Events.

  • Well organised, great routes and good support leads to excellence bike rides.

  • Superb organisation and in ride support. The New Forest event was the best-organised event I completed in 2019

  • I completed the Ay Up Yorkshire this weekend. The EPIC course was my first 100mile ride, and I really enjoyed the challenge. The big climbs are close enough to home to give them another go! Really well-organised, excellent course signs, and great to see medical support available out one the course.😀👍

  • Had one amazing experience. My first 100 miles on the bike in amazing route, friendly staff. Really recommend UK cycling events. Can not wait for the next one.

  • Brilliantly organised event! I'm very new to cycling and did this event on my own but still chatted to lots of people and had a great day! Would definitely recommend UKCE to everyone! To top it off it was a lovely warm day in the beautiful New Forest! Excellent

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Times & Certificates

Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page

What else is included?

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • 3rd Party Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Online results
  • Online certificates
  • Bespoke Finisher medal
  • Finisher gifts
  • Pick-up wagons

What else is available?

  • Recovery zone
  • Massage from Six Physio
  • Event village
  • Food and Drink
  • Live music
  • Kids activities
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
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