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Cotswold Classic route announced

105 mile or 105Km routes on offer, online entry still open

Easter, a time of chocolate, bunnies, daffodils and… the Cotswold Spring Classic on Bank Holiday Monday, the 13th of April.

If you are after a gentle holiday ride this one isn't for you but if some serious chocolate burning action is on your Easter agenda this is definitely an event worth checking out. The route has just been announced and it looks like a corker.

Places are filling up fast but the organisers tell us there are still some left, and you can enter online. There's a choice of either 105 mile or 105 kilometre routes on the day and the split point will be clearly signed. And while we're sure the roll out from Stroud will have a few metres of flatness in it – that'll probably be yer lot.

Our man in the Cotwolds has had a gander at the route and highlighted these route highlights:

  • Bubbs Hill (previously used as a club hill climb course – and a REAL wall!)
  • Birdlip hill (the pub-to-pub ascent used in the Tour of Britain and Tour of the Cotswolds)
  • Stroud valleys – not sure where to start with these, but there is no flat sections around there!!
  • Stunning Cotswold countryside to start and end the ride, including Tetbury and the Cotswold Water Park.

The ride will be supported by National Escort Group of motorcycle outriders, local bike specialist Performance Cycles , SIS providing additional fuel for the riders and top cycling photographer Phil O’Connor will be on hand with his camera to snap you enjoying yourself. Oh, and we'll be there too…

You can find out more at the event website www.cotswoldspringclassic.co.uk

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.

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