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Sunday 30th September 2007

Sanctioned by British Cycling - New community dimension addition to Newbury Sportive

Organisers Ken and Barbara Robson have added a new and exciting cycling dimension to their Sportive at Newbury Showground – Cycling for the Community - to bring together experienced riders and leisure family cyclists to enjoy a great day of cycling for all levels of abilities.
The Newbury Sportive Cycling Festival now features:
  • 115mile & 75mile Victor Ludorum Autumn Classics – Best of the Golds
  • 115mile & 75 mile Combined Services Sportive for Army, Royal Navy and RAF
  • Cycling for the Community within showground for family, friends and leisure cyclists.

The Sportives – Best of the Golds

The course design takes in some of the best cycling terrain in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Hampshire on open country lanes and B-roads. Furthermore UCI, British Cycling and Combined Services Cycling Association (CSCA) have given their approval of the facilities and courses. It will be a rider’s ride and on the day will be a significant challenge for experienced sportive riders and a good entry level for cyclists new to sportives. It is likely to be fast but challenging with 2500m of ascent to take into account This will enable climbers, trialists, and team riders to have their chances to excel. Individual and Team Victor Ludorum performance awards will be decided on the day.

Combined Services will be staging their first sportive event for Army, Royal Navy, and RAF. CSCA see this as a recognised event where, having experienced the excellent rider logistics support provided by the organisers, their riders can participate in a serious challenge or cycle at a speed which suits them whilst enjoying stunning scenery. The inter Services sportive will be decided by best rider performances under gold standards for their age categories.

Additional awards for both sportive events will include prizes for the cycling club and service unit that have the most participants taking part in the 115mile and 75mile events. Full details at

Cycling for the Community - Encouraging cycling as a safe and healthy lifestyle

A new and exciting addition to this great day of cycling will be Cycling for the Community which begins as soon as the sportive riders have departed the main arena and started their challenges. The aim of these community cycling activities will be to promote and encourage safe cycling, bike skills and maintenance, and have fun on a bicycle! All this is happening against the aspirational backdrop of the Sportives – what a welcome for the riders when they return!
West Berkshire Council and West Berkshire Spokes cycle group are actively supporting this event to invest in the future of cycling for the community.
The main arena programme includes:

  • RJ Ride Guide - trials / stunt rider masterclass – be safe, be extreme, be cool!
  • Pied “Wheelie” Piper of Newbury – follow that wheelie!
  • British Cycling Go Ride - assess and learn bike handling skills
  • Bike safety and maintenance sessions
  • 1km sponsored laps – with age bonus handicaps
  • Welcome return to sportive riders cycling final lap of honour
Newbury Showground is a premier event location conveniently located off J13 of the M4. The main arena boasts 160acres traffic-free grounds with 1km tarmac circuit, permanent toilet blocks, and adjacent car parking.
Entry on the day: £5.00 per adult and the kids go free – surplus donated to Army Benevolent Fund charity.
More information or email [email protected]

Providing the Best - Because Cyclists Count

Aspects of Traffic-Free Newbury Showground