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Sportive showcase: Tour of Wessex

Wondering what to do with yourself over the Spring Bank Holiday? Why not challenge yourself to take part in the Tour of Wessex, one of the World’s largest multi-stage sportives.

Wendy Houvenaghel out on an Exmoor training ride, showcasing some of the the sites the route will take in!

Entries are filling fast for the three-stage Tour of Wessex cyclo-sportive, which takes place in Somerset and Dorset over Saturday May 25 to Bank Holiday Monday May 27.

Participants can ride just one day, two days or all three. Three days at the full distance covers 335 miles, and the ‘medium’ version opts for a more manageable 213 miles over the three days.

Each of the three stages feature some of the South West’s most iconic climbs, including King Alfreds Tower, Lulworth Ranges, Quantock Common, Porlock Toll Road on Exmoor and the magnificent Cheddar Gorge.

Last year, a total of 2,500 riders from 20 nations tallied up 211,605 miles in total.

Multiple former track world champion and British time trial champion Wendy Houvenaghel shot a short film training on some of the roads in Exmoor used by the ride to give you a taster of what to expect. Have a gander at what you can expect from the epic course.

Wendy Houvenaghel: Tour of Wessex from Pod Films on Vimeo.

Shorter 10- and 20-mile women’s British Cycling ‘Breeze’ rides are available on day one (Saturday, May 25) and are free. These rides include coffee/cake stop at Clarks Village outlet shopping centre.

Prices start at £30 for a single day’s ride up to £105 for all three days at the maximum distance. Entry includes feed stations, electronic timing and electronic mapping.

Rider photos will be available after the event from

Tour of Wessex

Date: May 25-27 2013
Event HQ: Somerton Sports Club, Somerton, Somerset, TA11 6HS
Distances: 335 miles or 213 miles, plus shorter ride options – see website for details
Entry: £30-£105

Don’t delay, entry to the Tour of Wessex closes 12 noon on Friday 17th May!


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