Choice of routes including traffic free multi-lap challenge

Places are going fast for this summer's Highclere Castle Sportive on 4 June with over 800 entries in already. Speaking to road.cc, organiser Ken Robson told us that entries are up on last year and that the event is down to its last 500 places, and he expects those to be gone before the official closing dates for entry. 

There are four different ride options on offer this year at Highclere:

202km / 126mile MagnifiCat - big challenge for experienced and competitive cyclists with over 3000m of climbing
123km / 77mile Route77Cat - intermediate challenge for experienced and club cyclists with 1700m of climbing
73km / 46mile CommuniCat - designed for first time sportive and aspiring leisure cyclists with 900m of climbing
1.5km / 1mile KiddiCat - new - a multi-lap charity challenge for the family - this ride is completely traffic free within the grounds of the Highclere Estate.

You can enter online here

Dave and Jon rode a taster ride last week of the 126 mile Magnificat route kitted out with some fancy new Mavic wheels and a Champion Chip tracker. You can read their thoughts on the route in the blog Dave posted afterwards and even replay their ride on the Champion Chip tracker site – the tracking chip updates position and speed (and heart rate too if you have the right kit) every 4 seconds, afterwards you can watch a speeded up version of the ride. During the ride you can zoom right in on the map to follow individual riders.

Riders doing this year's Highclere event will have the opportunity to hire a chip for £25, so family and friends can know exactly where they are during the race and they can watch a re-run afterwards. Ken anticipates that the tracker might prove a very cost effective way of groups monitoring their progress on the day – if one of their number is kitted out with a tracker. You can find out more about Champion Chip trackers at Highclere at the Champion Chip page on the Highclere website.

Everyone taking part can also help support the Fire Fighters Charity which funds treatment for injured fire men and women and burns victims.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.