Three days to go until the Kington Sportive!
The Kington Classic Sportive takes place on Sunday July 12th and celebrates its fifth anniversary this year.
Organised by the Kington Lions, the 68 mile (110km) charity ride traverses the Welsh-English border on quiet B roads and country lanes, with a shorter route option of 29 miles (47km).
The fully waymarked routes have been designed to offer plenty of steady climbs and a few short, sharp digs.
The views from the top of Gospel Pass – the highest paved road in Wales – are hard to top, and the roller-coaster descent is a cracker. But, of course, descents have to be earned – the slog from Llanthony is a will-sapping Category 2 climb with over 1000 feet in height gain!
Three fully-catered village hall stops on the long route will provide refreshments, with one at the mid-point on the short loop. Flapjacks, home cooked cakes as well as a choice of sandwiches and sweet snacks and bananas will be available, with all refreshments included in the entry fee.
We’ll be in attendance at the Cusop Village Hall feed station, with some bargain sale bikes on show, as well some emergency spares.
A broom wagon will be sweeping up any breakdowns, and a bail-out route is available for the longer ride. Also included in the entry fee is the toll fee for the bridge crossing the River Wye at Whitney and an optional massage by a professionally-trained masseuse at the of the ride.
The Kington Classic Sportive is limited to 300 entries.
Entry is £20 for the full Classic Route, or £16 for the shorter route. Under 16s can enter the short route for £10.
All profits go to local good causes in and around the Kington area, and all helpers involved on the day will be volunteers from the Kington Lions Club.
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