Coming towards the end of September, this sportive will give riders the chance to get a big ride in before the end of summer.
The Malvern Madhatter is taking place on Saturday 30 September 2017
Why ride it? How many sportives can claim to take you into three different counties, and offer views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains of Wales? The stunning views and testing terrain make the Malvern Mad Hatter a standout event in this part of the world.
This event has the rare element of going through three counties, in this case Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire. As riders progress through their target distance, the route always remains in sight of the famous Malvern Ridgeway, and also offers views across to Wales. Riders will pit themselves against the gradual but long climb of Malvern Hill, and once at the top will be rewarded with views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains of Wales.
After the descent, the route begins to weave its way through undulating lanes and stays between the Malvern and Cotswolds hills. This part of the route goes through a stunningly picturesque area of countryside, sticking to quiet roads and country lanes, providing excellent riding conditions.
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Malvern Mad Hatter Short Route
Malvern Mad Hatter Standard Route
Malvern Mad Hatter Epic Route
This is a great part of the country to ride in, and as is always the joy of a sportive, the chance of getting lost or missing out on the best lanes to go down is all but removed by the easy to follow signage provided.
As is usual with the CWSS, there are three distances on offer. The Epic takes in all the notable climbs and takes riders over the magic tonne with a 103-mile route. The Standard takes some of the sting out of the longest route’s tail by reducing the climbs and coming in at 72 miles. The final route is the Short, which backloads the main climbs towards the end, and still manages to get to nearly 3000 feet of gained elevation in its 43 miles of riding.
Whichever distance riders choose, they will be welcomed home with a well-deserved medal, and the option of a sports massage and well needed refreshments.
Why not make a weekend of it? There are three hotels near the start. Cottage in the Wood, The Brambles and The Dell House are all within 1.5 miles – ideal for a short warm-up. Alternatively if you’d like something a bit different then why not try glamping at Rosebud Meadow Glamping who are offering all Malvern Mad Hatter riders 10% discount just quote ‘Cycling’ when you book.
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