This is our first venture into the world of organising a cycle sportive, there will be a 100K challenge distance (62-miles) and a 50K optional distance (31-miles) both starting and finishing in Devizes to raise funds for Youth Action Wiltshire. Riders will be taken on a circuit around the periphery of Salisbury Plain and the beautiful Avon Valley.
The event will start at Devizes Leisure Centre and both the 100K and 50K routes will head to the South East out of Devizes on the Nursteed Road leading onto the A342 before splitting just before five miles in the hamlet of Lydeway.
The 100K route then goes westwards along the B3098 following the escarpment of Salisbury Plain going through Urchfont, Market Lavington, Erlestoke and Westbury. The route then picks up on the A350 for 3-miles into Warminster where the route heads along Woodcock and the B3414 before joining the A36 for one mile until Heytesbury where the B390 is joined to cut across Salisbury Plain. At 30-miles in the village of Chitterne will be the first feed station on the 100K route.
The route then continues across the Plain through the villages of Shrewton, Larkhill, Durrington and Bulford. The route then heads North on the Milston Road out of Bulford on National Cycle way 45 through to Netheravon (where the 50K re-joins the route) and onto the second feed station at Enford. The route continues North alongside the River Avon to Upavon and then continues on the A345 for two miles where the course heads into and through North Newnton, Hilcott, Woodborough and onto Alton Barnes. The course then heads West through Allington and Horton before reaching Devizes on the A361 for the final mile back to the event headquarters.
The 50K route follows the 100K route as far as Lydeway where it splits and continues on along the A342 for a further 5-miles to Rushall where it then heads South along the A345. After four miles at Netheravon the course presents a Left hand turn along Mill Road where after one mile the 100K course is re-joined just before the feed station at Enford.
As per the 100K, the route continues North to Upavon and continues on the A345 for two miles where the course heads into and through North Newnton, Hilcott, Woodborough and onto Alton Barnes. The course then heads West through Allington and Horton before reaching Devizes on the A361 for the final mile back to the event headquarters.
The event is non-competitive however we will time each participants ride and your timing graded as Bronze, Silver or Gold according to age category and elapsed time.
All finishers will receive a medal and all profits from the event will be going to the young adults charity: "Youth Action Wiltshire".
The GPX files for the routes [when finalised] will appear here.