The Cornwall Coast and Clay Sportive, now in its fourth year, allows riders of all abilities to explore areas of central Cornwall, while raising for charity.
What is a sportive? Well, it’s not a race. Sportives are a great way to get into organised cycling events, giving you the chance to complete a fully signed and supported ride in a relaxed environment. Think of it as the marathon of the cycling world (or a fun run if the word ‘marathon’ brings you out in a cold sweat).
Riding a sportive is a superb way to explore a new area on your bike, in the knowledge that you are fully supported by event staff and surrounded by other enthusiastic participants.
There will be 4 routes for all abilities. Extreme and Epic routes of 100 and 68 miles, a Challenge route of 44 miles, and an Inspire route of 23 miles. All routes encounter the inevitable hills of Cornwall. It’s not flat here!
The Extreme and Epic routes are aimed at experienced cyclists who want a serious test of fitness, endurance and stamina. With over 7,000ft of hills for the 100m riders, and 5,000ft for the 68m riders, you will take on the thrills and pain of cycling some tough Cornish climbs, while enjoying the beautiful countryside as well as the rugged coastline.
The Challenge route is aimed at intermediate riders who want to go beyond their normal ability by taking in some serious hills (3,300ft) as a test of their cycling proficiency.
The Inspire route is for cyclists young or old, beginners or the experienced, who want to take their cycling ambitions beyond the Camel Trail or the commute to work. There are still 1,600ft of hills to encounter.
Extreme, Epic & Challenge: sponsorship is optional.
Inspire: participants are encouraged to raise some sponsorship, no matter how little. Sponsorship forms are available to download here and from the charity section of the website.