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news teams up with 2009 Gore Bike Wear Road Sportive Series

Come and join us on a summer of big rides on some beautiful but challenging courses

We are pleased to announce that is getting together with the 2009 Gore Bike Wear Road Sportive Series as their official media partner.

What this means is we'll be bringing you all the latest news about what's happening at the various rounds of the series, plus we'll be doing recce rides and passing on pre-ride training tips and bike fettling advice.

Here's some insirational pics from last year to get your juices flowing

The really great thing from our point of view is that it means we'll have to leave the office and recce some big rides, then a few weeks later leave the office and do it all again on a summer's day in some of the most beautiful parts of Britain when hopefully we'll get to meet lots of users too.

We'll be at the three rounds of the series too: at Lllanwyrtyd Wells on 4 July (keeping everybody posted with Tour de France updates); then it's up to Selkirk on 1 August for the second round; followed by Ruthin in Wales on 19 September for round 3.

Entry is now open. To enter online or download an entry form head over to The site has all the event and location details, lots of tips and advice, course distributions and course maps as well as downloadable entry forms and online entry.

All three rounds of the series offer the choice of 80-100 mile Classic routes, or 40-50 mile Standard ones. The Scottish ride also has a 120 mile Extreme route option.
Each round is a one loop ride with the start and finish at the event village. As it's the weekend the organisers are making the start as hassle free as possible. The start will open at 8am on Saturday and will stay open for approximately 1 hour to give everybody the chance to have a relaxing getaway at the time of their choosing.

All three rounds rounds also take place on the same weekend and from the same venue as the Merida Marathon Mountain Bike series so you can combine some serious road action on the Saturday with a bit of dirt on Sunday.

Each ride costs £25 to enter and that covers:

Ride entry – 40/ 50 mile ‘Standard’, 80 / 100 mile ‘Classic’ sportive or 120 mile ‘Extreme’ Sportive

  • After-ride food

  • Feed and service stations

  • All the camping – Friday to Monday

  • Parking facilities
Finishing prize

  • Spot prizes

  • Option to do Mountain Bike skills and riding tuition (check the marathon website for suitable times).'s founder and first editor, nowadays to be found riding a spreadsheet. Tony's journey in cycling media started in 1997 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 - finally handing on the reins in 2021 to Jack Sexty. 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, though he'd like to own a carbon bike one day.

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