If you are looking to complete your first 100-mile in a day cycling challenge, then this event could be the one for you! You’ll start your ride by crossing the River Avon and soon head into the pretty New Forest village of Ringwood. Threading through country lanes on the outskirts of the Park, you’ll soon head into the Forest itself and through the small villages of Linwood and Fritham. You’ll almost certainly come across free-roaming New Forest ponies, and maybe cattle or donkeys – slow down and give them a wide berth when they are on or beside the road.
Once at the village of Wick, you will head off for a long loop along the sheltered back lanes east of Salisbury, taking in attractive scenery in such areas as Farley, West Winterslow and West Dean. On the other side of the River Avon you will head through Cranborne, Verwood and Three Legged Cross on the way to the finish line. The short and punchy climbs will suit the budding puncheurs on the sportive circuit.
Somerley House and Gardens is not usually open to the public; however, as an added bonus, riders (assumine you have the energy) and supporters will have the chance to view some of the state rooms within the house and have access to the gardens on the event day.
If you would like to be part of the team then please contact us. You will need to make a £20 deposit and commit to fundraise a minimum of £100.
Further information about the event can be found here.