CycleOps Power Road Sportives running again in 2011

England, Wales and Scotland all covered in 2011

by Dave Atkinson   March 28, 2011  

CycleOps Power Road Sportive

We're big fans of a chilled weekend away with a ride or two thrown in, so we're glad to hear that the CycleOps Power Road Sportive series, that runs in tandem with the Chain Reaction Cycles MTB Marathon Series, is a go again for this year.

In 2011 the road sportives will be running at three of the weekends. The opener is on 21 May at Builth Wells in Wales, and that's followed by a English sportive on 2 July at Marshbrook and a Scottish one at Selkirk on 23 July. All of Great Britain covered then... You get the choice of shorter (40-50 mile) and 'classic' (80-100 mile) routes taking in 'the best road climbs that Wales, Shropshire and the Scottish Borders have to offer', we're told. Having done some climbing around Builth and in Shropshire too, we can confirm they're not short of hills round there. And Selkirk isn't noted for its flat topography either.

Sportive entry accounts for all the things you'd normally expect – parking, electronic timing, feed stations, signage, post-ride cake, goody bag at the finish – but you also get camping thrown in for the whole weekend, Friday to Monday. And, of course, there's the option to get muddy on the Sunday with a choice of distances on the MTB Marathon, with rides ranging from 25km right up to 100km. If you're not an expert on the knobblies there are also free tuition sessions, run by CycleActive, at each weekend

Entry to the sportives costs £27 and you can find full booking information online at Entry is available online via Chain Reaction, and you'll get a 5% money off voucher for your next purchase if you book online.

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Really enjoyed the Builth event last year, despite the Devil's Staircase almost killing me! Hopefully be there for one of them this year.

posted by Chuck [495 posts]
29th March 2011 - 10:27


yeah that's a tough old climb Smile

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posted by Dave Atkinson [7852 posts]
29th March 2011 - 10:39


Actually it was the hills just after it that had me closest to wobbling to a halt but it was the Staircase that did the damage.

posted by Chuck [495 posts]
29th March 2011 - 10:58