As you may have seen from the thread posted on the road.cc forum Reading Cycling Club has announced that entries for the inaugural Anthony Maynard Sportive will open on January 1st. The new sportive is being run in memory of Reading CC member Anthony Maynard who was killed at the tragically young age of 25 when he was hit by a vehicle in July 2008 while on an evening club ride.
Anthony was a very keen sportive rider, and a man who liked a cycling challenge as the page about him on the sportive site makes clear. So it seems only fitting that the event that will carry his name is billed as “A challenging riding through the Berkshire Downs.” It certainly looks to be that, riders have a choice of two routes: a 105 Km shorter route that includes 1700 metres of climbing, or a 190Km option with 20 climbs and a total ascent of 2900 metres. The entry limit is 500 so you may need to be quick!
The event is being promoted by Reading CC and is being run on a not for profit basis with any money raised going to relevant charities.
Entries open on January 1 and you can only enter online vie the Entries page at the Anthony Marynard Sportive website. Entries cost £20 for both the long and short routes and payment will be taken via PayPal. On entering you will be asked your preferred distance, but you can change it on the day.
Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.