The Arrow sportive gets its name from the long, straight roads in the Lincolnshire countryside, meaning you can really open up and put the hammer down.
When: Saturday 6 May 2017
Where: Market Rasen Racecourse, Legsby Road, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3EA
Why ride it? The Arrow sportive is perfect for those riders looking to get miles in their legs and maybe complete their first sportive. The lack of serious hills on the route is more than made up for by the scenery on offer in North Lincolnshire.
What the route lacks in hills it more than makes up for in distance, with the shortest of the three routes covering 48 miles. The Standard route takes in a challenging 76 miles, whereas the Epic takes you just a mile short of the century.
If you entered The Arrow last year you’ll have noticed the route changed from the previous year, moving north from Grantham to a flatter, but no-less stunning, part of the country. You can see for miles in Lincolnshire – a county known for its big skies. Low hedges reveal acres of bright yellow rape, dotted with small sections of woodland.
The flat roads only see you climbing 1,929 feet on the Standard route, so you can get in a big gear from the start and challenge yourself to finish with a high average speed.
Starting at Market Rasen Racecourse, you immediately hit the quiet, open country roads en route towards the cathedral city of Lincoln. While not entering the city itself you can get a glimpse of the cathedral as the Standard and Epic routes then skirt further south to Metheringham.
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Fill your boots at the first feed point near Lincoln – you will need that extra banana to keep energy levels high for the rest of the route. The Epic course takes riders as far south as Ruskington before heading back towards the racecourse, but the route’s only real uphill section is still to come.
While the Standard route takes a left turn at Woodhall Spa, the Epic ride takes you east to the Roman town of Horncastle before heading back around to join up with the rest of the riders.
The final stretch sees all three routes come back together with a jaunt into the Lincolnshire Wolds – an area of outstanding natural beauty – and the knowledge you’re almost at the finish line.
Once back at the racecourse you’ll be able to grab yourself a hard-earned cup of tea and a bite to eat, while making use of the free bike wash facilities if the route gets muddy.
The new course has something for everybody. Whether it’s your first ever event, or you are a sportive regular you’ll find yourself a challenge on the Lincolnshire roads. Go as fast as you can, or sit up and enjoy the scenery – either way you’ll leave with great satisfaction.
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