Pain On The Plain sportive takes unique military route
Off-road sections on offer in charity event that supports families of servicemen

If you're looking for a unique organised event this weekend in aid of a good cause, then Pain On The Plain in Wiltshire might be right up your gravel path.

The sportive on Sunday, which features 100 mile and 100 km routes starting in Tidworth, as well as a 30 miler designed for people having a first go at a sportive, takes in roads, private military routes on Salisbury Plain, and also features some optional off-road sections that are more often traversed by the tracks of battle tanks.

The proceeds go towards SSAFA - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen & Families Association - an armed forces charity that dates back 126 years, helping out the families and dependants of armed services personnel.

Saturday afternoon offers the chance to watch the Army Cycling Union criterium championships taking place in the grounds of Tedworth House and there are two Go-Ride coaching sessions, one on each day.


<p>After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.</p>


steff [81 posts] 3 years ago

That's "Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families". The Army bit's covered by "Soldiers" and it's vitally important that injured or retired flyers are kept in moustache wax and Brylcreem  3

Tony Farrelly [2840 posts] 3 years ago

Thanks Steff. Sorted