One of the longest one day sportives in the UK taking place the day before the British Cycling Grand Prix Series race (July 26)

A sportive event has been organised in Cambridgeshire to complement the Circuit of the Fens road race.

The Vericool for Schools Circuit of the Fens Grand Prix sportive takes place on Saturday, July 26, the day before the elite riders take to the roads.

There will be four routes available: the Grand Prix 132-mile (211km), the Elite 81-mile (130 km), the Come and Try 37-mile (60 km) routes as well as a shorter family ride. Sections of the race circuit will feature in all the routes including the notorious run-in over Wype Drove, a two-mile single track rough section, in addition to larger loops out into the scenic Cambridgeshire countryside.

The Grand Prix 132-mile route is one of the longest sportives in the UK and whilst there may not be many climbs, the wind on the Fens will make this an interesting and tough day out for even the most experienced cyclist. The 37-mile route is an excellent introduction to sportive events and will also have ride captains to offer help and advice to people taking part.

Circuit of the Fens organiser Tom Caldwell said: “After the tremendous success of last year’s race we have acted upon on requests for an event which the local community could also take part in such is the popularity of cycling in the area. The selection of different routes will suit all abilities of cyclists and we already have lots of interest in the shorter distances from people new to cycling.”

The rides will start and finish at the St Harry Smith Community College in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire.

For more information and entry for the event, visit the Wheels in Wheels website.