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Grand Tour Wye Cyclosportive
Join Adventure Café & Grand Tour Cycling on the very latest in our series of classic Cycle Sportive Events. This one is a truly special ride, crossing the mighty Severn Estuary, riding down the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and even incorporating the Cotswolds too. Be prepared for a very memorable day in the saddle. Expertly prepared by Adventure Cafe and Grand Tour Cycling, with top quality feed stations, friendly event staff, and a carefully planned and marked course - this is everything you are looking for in a Cycle Event.
We shall assemble in Gloucester early on Sunday morning, where you will have parking, and space to get prepared. Teas and Coffees will be available from early, and registration will open from 07:30. We shall organise departure into waves, and then its out the road - heading across from Gloucester into the borders and Wales before descending the River Wye. As the river empties into the Severn, we shall head across the enormous road bridge, and back into England, where we shall start our climb back up to Gloucester, at first following the estuary, but then sliding across towards the scenic Cotswolds.
This event is an exclusive fundraiser for Rugby for Heroes, the Gloucester based Charity for injured servicemen.
In conjunction with Grand Tour Cycling this ride promises some of the finest riding in the country... When you've finished, let us know what you think?
07:15 - 08:00 - Event Registration Gloucester
07:30 Onwards - Refreshments Available
08:15 - First Wave Depart
08:40 - Final Riders Leave
17:00 - Last Riders Must be back at Event HQ - Support Wagon will sweep up any late arrivals at final feed station
Sunset Time tbc subject to agreed dates
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.
It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.
Included In Trip
Parking at start of Event (limited number of spaces).
Toilets at start and en route.
Cycle Leaders on course.
Pre Event Cycle Event Hotline.
Excluded From Trip
Transport to start of event.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with Appropriate Tyres) - please call us for guidance on a trip by trip basis
Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Under Saddle Pouch (recommended - can be used to carry asterik* items)
2 x Inner Tubes*
Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Mini Bike Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Suncream, Sunbloc (maybe... just maybe!)
Medium Weight Softshell
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirt (Dryflo type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (to suit your own pedal choice)
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
1 Pair Extra Eight Long Tights (in poor conditions)
Wallet, Credit Cards, Cash
Sunglasses, Mobile Phone (Essential)
Snacks for the day (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
It is your responsibility to thoroughly check the proper operation of your bicycle prior to the event. It is also your responsibility to ride safely at all times on the course - this especially applies to any downhill sections - where you need to keep your speed under control, and taking care at any time you overtake another rider. This ride is on open roads - and whilst we attempt to use smaller roads, you need to be courteous to other road users.
Being in the UK we should be prepared for anything. Whilst not wishing everyone to bring heaps of equipment we should be prepared for wet and cold.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions
By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.
Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions
- For all types of event