The Wiggle UCI MagnifiCat – one of a handful of UCI-accredited events on the UK sportive calendar – is accepting entries from today. The ride will head out from Newbury Racecourse on 14 July 2013.
Wiggle have been sponsoring the MagnifiCat for the last couple of years – in 2010 under the auspices of Verenti, their bike brand – but this year sees the ride welcomed into the Wiggle Super Series. Martin Barden from UK Cycling Events, who run the Super Series, said "we are delighted to add the Magnificat to our portfolio of events. The MagnifiCat is renowned for its quality and heritage with its UCI accreditation. Our aim is to further enhance the riders experience over the coming years making this great event even better".
Those enhancements start this year with a revamped route through the rolling Hampshire countryside, but the course distances of 127, 81 and 51 miles will remain broadly the same. The 26-mile Breeze LadyCat women-only route will also be back in 2013. You'll get all the usual trappings of a well-run sportive – chip timing, feed stations, route marking, mechanical support, event photography and more – and over 2,000 riders are expected in 2013.
Entries are open now at http://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/events/wiggle-magnificat-sportive - it's £28 for the longer two routes, £20 for the short one and £18 for the LadyCat. Early entries will get a High 5 Race Faster Pack worth £12, so if you've already pencilled it in then don't waste any time getting your name down...
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