Bridport Dagger Sportive
Three route choices starting in Symondsbury, near Bridport, in Dorset. The 32 mile short route is ideal if you want to ease yourself into sportive gently without having to deal with any major hills; the 62 mile medium route will be a visually stunning ride, with sea views out along the Jurassic coast and miles of rolling countryside - and long enough to test cyclists who think taking on the rolling hills of Dorset will be an easy task; the long route is a leg burning 100 miles with 2500m of climbing, which will visit all the major climbs in the area. It will be a major challenge - the word of the day every year is "brutal" - and a beautiful ride... if you have the energy to look around.
All routes are signposted
Maps will be available on the day
Up to three aid stations, dependant on which route you tackle
Roaming safety vehicles
Miles Cross Farm, Symondsbury, Bridport, Dorset, DT6 6HD
Symondsbury village is located just to the North of the A35 trunk road, which runs between Southampton and Honiton.
There are no train or bus services to the event
Car parking is available at Miles Cross Farm.
PARKING OPENS AT 0700
(Sat navigation post code for parking Miles Cross Farm is DT6 6HD (100 meters from registration)
REGISTRATION OPENS AT 0715
Sign your name and collect your number (YOUR NUMBER GOES ON THE FRONT OF YOUR BIKE)
REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE AT 0900
No exceptions, if you are late, you will not be able to ride.
SAFETY BRIEF AS YOU START 0730-0900
It's just the key points and won't take too long
START ALL ROUTES AFTER SAFETY BRIEF
As soon as the brief has finished you are off
Because of the difficulty of the long route, there will be a couple of cut offs at the course splits, and an 'oops I've bitten off more than I can handle' split. If you don't make it by the cut off you will be directed onto the Medium route.
The cut offs are at 12.00 (69 km), 13.00 (84 km) and 14.15 (126 km). This is a riding average of 12 mph or 19.31 kph.
The Bridport Dagger, now in its fourth year, is still one of the toughest, most challenging, yet visually stunning cycle sportives in the South West. A true Dorset sportive, with an undulating hilly landscape, unspoilt sea views, patchwork fields, quiet back roads and chocolate box villages. The short route is a more casual ride.
We are happy for under 14s to attend for FREE, (short route only) as long as they are accompanied by a paying adult - no cut off.