Welland Valley Sportive

Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support, Market Harborough
with a donation to the Thomas’s Fund Lands End to John o’Groats charity bike ride

Saturday 30th May 2020  Cancelled!

Regret venue no longer available. Hope the year ahead is kind to you.
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Welcome!
About the Sportive

This is the seventh Welland Valley Sportive, organised again this year again by Welland Valley Cycling Club with the assistance of many volunteers.

Our aim is twofold: first to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and second, to encourage cycling for all abilities and ages. This year we are also delighted to be supporting the Thomas’s Fund Lands End to John o’Groats tandem charity ride.

Proceeds to Macmillan Cancer Support, Market Harborough, with a donation to the Thomas’s Fund Lands End to John o’Groats charity bike ride.

Check these links for info on the support that both Macmillan and Thomas’s Fund offer.

How to help?

Most obviously, enter a ride, but there are other important ways to help too. Offer to help on the day, raise sponsorship/donations at work, from friends and neighbours, or at school. Alternatively, you could acquire some Macmillan cycling kit or simply take this opportunity to donate.

MacMillan Sponsorship/Donations Form

Macmillan cycling kit

All Rides

Sportives are non-competitive events. Ride at your own pace. Press on or stop and survey the scenery at your will!
All rides are on quiet roads or tracks through pleasant countryside.  They start and finish at Langton Cummuunity Hall, Church Langton.
Sign in will be open from 7.00am and first riders will leave at 8.00am.  All riders should aim to finish by 4.00pm latest when the timing gate will close.
All routes will be fully signed and a ‘broom wagon’ will be on patrol for breakdowns or transport.  
Medical support will be available at the start/finish, also on the road route at certain times
Consent forms will be needed for all under 18’s.  Just bring yours, ready and signed, to registration on the day.
Parking on site and toilet facilities are both free.

Consent Form

Refreshment & Entertainment
Macmillan Cancer Support will be at the Cummunity Hall all day serving complimentary Tea and Coffee.  Bacon Rolls will be available to purchase from registration time.  There will then be a BBQ and sweet treats during the rest of the day.

 

 

100km & 60km Road Rides 
100, 60 & 30km Off-Road Rides
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100km Road Ride

Road Ride (102km/63 miles/1140m climbing)   Start time: from 8am to 9am

The route is on quiet roads which provides rewarding but challenging cycling as it crosses the scenic undulating vales of East Leicestershire and Rutland. The route heads north from the start and immediately gets the lungs pumping with climbs through Cranoe and Goadby and continues across a series of vales many with sharp challenging climbs before reaching the feed station at Braunston. Refuelled and refreshed the route wends its way back to the start through some of the most historic and picturesque villages of Rutland. However, the intensity doesn’t drop on the long climb out of Lyddington, set the test the legs before dropping down through Stoke Dry and skirting the idyllic Eyebrook Reservoir as you close in on the finish line at Thorpe Langton, 20km away.

At the end of the ride all entrants will be able to celebrate their achievement at the Brewery.
 
To download route: Click map (top/left) > ‘Actions’ > ‘Export’

Under 18’s must bring a signed Consent Form to registration on the day.

£25/£15 (Adults/Under 18)   (WVCC Members £20On the day: add £5 plus sponsorship/donations welcome  (Print Form)

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60km Road Ride

Road Ride  (65km/42 miles/640m climbing)   Start time: from 9am to 10am

The shorter route follows many of the same country roads as the 100km route and includes many of the challenging climbs that characterise that ride. The route follows the start of the longer ride before branching off before the 25km mark to miss out some off the north Leicester villages and head to the feed station at Braunston. For those hoping for an easier time beware! As this route re-joins the longer route it tackles the stiff climb out of Lyddington and, after skirting Eyebrook reservoir, you turn right and head up your last big challenge, the Devil’s Staircase. As you crest Belcher’s Hill your effort is rewarded with stunning views over the Welland Valley and you gradually drop down towards the finish 10km away.

At the end of the ride all entrants will be able to celebrate their achievement at the Brewery.

To download route: Click map (top/left) > ‘Actions’ > ‘Export’

Under 18’s must bring a signed consent form to registration on the day.

£25/£15 (Adults/Under 18)   (WVCC Members £20On the day: add £5
plus sponsorship/donations welcome  (Print Form)

 
 

100km Off-Road Ride

(60km + 40km)

Off-road Ride  (105km/66 miles/1229m climbing)  Start time: from 8am to 9am
For those with a stout heart and strong legs we have added a 40k loop to the 60km ride (see below). It starts and finishes at  the feed station. This will allow experienced riders to complete a 100k off-road ride.   Having conquered the rolling hills of East Leicestershire on the 60km ride, the additional loop will take you further north up through Burrough on the Hill before descending through the valleys to the east of Melton Mowbray.  With Wymondam Windmill to the east you will start heading back south through the picturesque way points of Saxby, Stapleford and Little Dalby. before arriving back at the feed station for some further fortification before re-joining the 60km route. At the end of the ride all entrants will be able to celebrate their achievement at the Brewery.
To download route: Click map (top/left) > ‘Actions’ > ‘Export’ (The route is suitable for mountain and cross bikes).

Under 18’s must bring a signed consent form to registration on the day.

£25/£15 (Adults/Under 18)   (WVCC Members £20On the day: add £5
plus sponsorship/donations welcome  (Print form)
 

 

60km Off-Road Ride

Off-road Ride  (60km/39 miles/457m climbing) 
Start time: from 8am to 9am
The Welland Valley Sportive is fast getting a reputation for its challenging off-road routes. With a mixture of single-track bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes the 2019 route provides a real challenge to the legs with some sharp ascents and lovely flowing descents to get the lungs bursting and the adrenaline pumping.  The route takes you East on the classic tracks of Leicestershire and Rutland before arriving at the refuelling stop at Braunston. The route home crosses the vales of East Leicestershire giving stunning views of the picturesque scenery. Beware some steep climbs will test the legs as you approach the finish. The route is suitable for mountain and cross bikes.
 
At the end of the ride all entrants will be able to celebrate their achievement at the Brewery.
To download route: Click map (top/left) > ‘Actions’ > ‘Export’

Under 18’s must bring a signed consent form to registration on the day.

£25/£15 (Adults/Under 18)   (WVCC Members £20On the day: add £5 plus sponsorship/donations welcome  (Print Form)

 
 

30km Off-Road Ride

Off-road Ride  (32km/19 miles/176m climbing) Start time: from 9am to 10am
 
The shorter off-road route starts and finishes along the same picturesque single-track bridleways, byways and quiet country lanes as the longer ride. However, don’t be fooled into thinking that this is an easy ride. Many of the sharp climbs and lovely flowing descents from the longer ride have been retained to ensure this route provides a shorter but still potent challenge. The route is suitable for mountain and cross bikes and does not include a feed station on the course.
 
At the end of the ride all entrants will be able to celebrate their achievement at the Brewery.
 
To download route: Click map (top/left) > ‘Actions’ > ‘Export’

Under 18’s must bring a signed consent form to registration on the day.

£25/£15 (Adults/Under 18)   (WVCC Members £20On the day: add £5 plus sponsorship/donations welcome  (Print form)

 
 

Rules & Regulations

 

Macmillan Cancer Support, registered charity in England and Wales (261017), Scotland (SC039907) and the Isle of Man (604). A company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales company number 2400969. Isle of Man company number 4694F. Registered office: 89 Albert Embankment, London SE1 7UQ

Find your route to the start

Use this map to plan your route to the sportive.

To help plan parking, please let us know in your entry whether or not you intend to arrive in your own vehicle.