The Cycle Southampton Sporterium is a brand new and exciting event coming in 2020 to get people on their bikes! The 'Sporterium' contains two distances of Sportive and a City Centre Criterium.
The Sportives will start in Southampton Guildhall Square in waves of 125 heading out into the Hampshire Countryside with the short (~60km) and a standard (~100km) that head east out of the city then north towards Winchester before coming back to Southampton through Romsey.
The routes will be on open roads with friendly marshals and plenty of feed stations to keep you going on the course. This event is perfect for both first timers and experienced riders looking for a relaxing day with friends on their bikes.
Elevation Gain: 702m
The short Sportive is the shorter of the two routes, designed for people who are taking on their first Sportive or would just like a shorter easier ride.
The route will start in the city centre near the Guildhall, and take riders through the beautiful surrounding countryside of Fair Oak, Shawford, Braishfield and Romsey before finishing back in the heart of Southampton.
Elevation Gain: 981m
The standard sportive is the longest distance on offer for this event with the route just over 100KM!
This scenic route begins in the city centre, and will see riders travelling through the beautiful surrounding countryside heading north of Winchester, through New Alresford and across to Stockbridge before coming back down towards Southampton through Romsey!
Q: Where do I go on race day?
A: On race day you will need to head to Southamptons O2 Guildhall which will be the start and finish line for the races.
Q: What shall I wear?
A: Whatever you are comfortable in, provided it’s appropriate and safe for cycling; we do recommend padded shorts for the longer races. Enclosed shoes and helmets MUST be worn!
Q: What do I get for finishing?
A: Every participant the finishes the races will receive a medal. We wanted each participant to receive something memorable and unique for their achievement.
Q: Can I skip red-lights and stop signs?
A: No, you will need to obey the usual rules of the road for your own safety on the sportive as it will not be on closed roads.
Q: Do I need to wear a helmet?
A: YES! For your safety it is required that every participant wears a helmet! Not having one will result in you not being able to participate.
Q: What is the route?
A: The route for each event is selectable and available on the Sporterium page.
Q: Are there refreshments around the route?
A: There will be feed stations around the sportive route to keep your energy levels up – More details to come.
Q: Are there toilets on the route?
A: There will be toilets in spin city and around the sportive route for you to use.
Q: Can I get to the race on public transport?
A: The race start is in close proximity to Southampton Central Train Station. We recommend catching the train if you are coming from further afield. There are also bus stops a 2 minute walk away for anyone who catches a bus.
Q: Will there be photographers?
A: Yes there will be at the finish line and you can buy your photos after.
Q: What can my family do whilst I cycle?
A: They can head into Southampton City Centre and Spin City which will have some fantastic entertainment.
Q: When do registrations close?
A: Registrations will be closing closer to the event or when spaces sell out! So sign up now so you don’t missing out!
Q: Is there a minimum age restriction?
A: You must be at least 16 on the day of the event to take part in the Sportive and riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Q: Can I cycle for charity?
A: Yes, if you would like to ride for charity then you are more than welcome! Your charity can also get discounted places if they come to us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: I’m injured what can I do?
A: We are unable to offer refunds but can defer up until 7 weeks before race.
Q: Do I need to be a British Cycling Member to take part?
A: To take part in any of the Elite Category Criterium races you must be a British Cycling member with a race licence but you can enter the other categories and Sporitve without this.
Q: I’ve signed up, what happens next?
A: You get your bike out, start training, and we will see you on the 20th of June.
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