Now the event has had its third year its time for a refresh and new routes. Any suggestions and comments would be welcome.
24/5/12 - all is set for the weekend - including the weather We will have plenty of support, drink and food in place and at the feedstations. HQ open at 0800hrs for sign on and a mass departure is planned for 0900hrs - with motorcycle outriders guiding the peloton out on to the courses.
15/5/12 - On-line entries have closed but we are taking entries on the day. The costs for entering on the day are: £30 long route and £27 for the short route.
The Bike Factory in Chester are also supporting our event again this year with a display of their finest bikes, a mechanic to help any last minute problems and a £5 vouchers for every rider. The Bike Factory are also providing free energy drink at the main feedstation and hopefully some gels etc.
2/5/12 Routes now announced!
Welcome to the Broken Spoke Sportive 2012 - a cycling challenge which also raises funds for The Catholic High School, Chester. The event is registered and insured with British Cycling and runs through the stunning scenery of Cheshire, Shropshire and north Wales, and despite the name its all on tarmac. Participants have 2 routes to choose from: 55 miles and 85 miles both offering a serious challenge and epic scenery.
The date has just been set for next year and has been moved from August to May 27th Event entry will be on-line this year via British Cycling The short route has everything including 3500 ft of climbing!
There will be a slight tweak to the routes, food stops in St Martins, near Ruthin and pasta back at the HQ. All junctions marked, garmin type files will be made available, motorcycle marshals and a broom wagon in operation.
Costs for the 85 mile route will be £20 + 60p and the 55 mile route will be £17 + 60p.
The long route features two feed stops with the first after an undulating leg to St Martins and then via a more challenging route to Pontfadog, Berwyn and over the Shoe and down the Garth to just outside Ruthin for beans on toast. It's at this point both routes meet up and follow the same challenging route back to Chester starting with an epic climb followed by a rolling descent. There is a small sting in the tail before the route makes its way back to Pulford before turning back to the school for the final 5 miles.
The HQ (The Catholic High School, Chester) is open from 0800hrs and all riders will depart at approx 0900hrs. The first riders on the longer route should be at St Martins for approx 1010hrs whilst the quicker shorter route riders will be at Ruthin from around 1020hrs. Its then anticipated that the lead riders on the longer route will start to arrive at Ruthin from approx 1145hrs. The HQ will close once we are sure everyone is accounted for.