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 travels 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. Watch the film below.

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 www.sportivephoto.com.

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

Website: www.tourofwessex.com

Tour of Wessex 2013 from Pod Films on Vimeo.

Related links

2013 cyclo-sportive calendar

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  • david burgess

    I have only ever done 68 miler sportifs is there any training programmes out there for this event or advice.

    David

  • Mark Jones

    Brilliant! A three day race in the West Country. Oh no, it’s a sportive (I forgot racing was a thing of the past in the UK).