Bostin' Centurion Sportive
The Bostin’ Centurion Sportive is a new cycling event for 2022.
The event has two routes, rather than our usual three, as the River Dove bisects the event area and provides few crossing places to enable us to offer a shorter route to our riders.
Starting from Rocester, a small village in Staffordshire where a Roman fort was founded in 69 AD and its name is derived (‘cester’ refers to a fortress of a town during the Roman period) where the remains of the fort earthworks can still be seen. The routes follow many of the Roman roads in the area and so, the name of the event was born.
Both Gold and Silver routes leave the event HQ at Rocester and head West out through the village centre, past the impressive JCB plant and onto the first of many Roman roads the riders will use today. Through Hollington and then Draycott in the Moors the routes continue until they eventually turn South through the picturesque Staffordshire countryside along another Roman road. Eventually the routes turn East seeing the riders cross a multitude of railway crossings which all add to the excitement towards Milwich, Coton and then on to Bramshall where the first feed station is situated.
Changing direction once more, the routes head South until Loxley, where the Gold and Silver routes part company for a while.
The Silver route heads East following the valley of the River Dove through Neverland Green, Marchington, Coton in Clay and on to the second feed station at Tutbury.
The Gold route continues South a little while longer. Through the countryside it weaves until it turns North and over the impressive crossing at Blithfield Reservoir. The route passes through Abbots Bromley, a village full of impressive buildings, before continuing West through the wonderful rolling Staffordshire countryside through Hoar Cross and Dunstall before turning North through Tatenhill, Anslow an on, past Tutbury Castle, to the second feed station.
Both routes join at the feed station in Tutbury and then continue on crossing the River Dove and cycling through open farmland towards Sutton on the Hill, Longford, Cubley and then back to the event HQ for a well deserved rest and more refreshment.
Two new Bostin’ routes following Roman Roads through picturesque countryside. What better way to spend a Sunday!
You have two great routes to choose from:
105K / 65 miles
- Actual distance + 105.3K / 65.4 miles
- Total climb + 1,135m / 3,725 feet
- Max. gradient + 14% / -13%
- Grading +2/5 (120) - Challenging
- Two feed stations
- Registration time - 8am
- Start time - 9am
80K / 50 miles
- Actual distance + 83.7K / 52.0 miles
- Total climb + 825m/ 2,708feet
- Max. gradient + 9.5% / -12.8%
- Grading +1/5 (69) - Moderate
- Two feed station
- Registration time - 8am
- Start time - 9am
- The event is open to anyone - from keen amateurs to club riders and professionals
- Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and a parental consent form must be completed at Registration.
- Entrants can only ride suitably maintained road legal bicycles with working brakes (ie. no track bikes please) powered by a chain. (see FAQ for full details of permitted bikes).
- Tandems are permitted but entry fees payable are per person and not per bike.
- Event HQ facilities, toilets and car parking
- Free refreshments* at Registration
- Start line mechanic, to sort out any last minute bike issues
- All routes fully signposted
- Event information pack (emailed 3 days before event)
- GPS/GPX route files
- Free refreshments* at all feed station(s)
- On-course photography (subject to availability/rider numbers)
- Emergency support includes first aid, rider's emergency telephone number and support vehicles to return you and your bike to the Event HQ in the event of mechanical failure
- Commemorative medal to all finishers
- Free refreshments* at the finish
- A great sense of achievement and a Bostin' smile!
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED
- spare parts, tools or on-course mechanical support
- each rider should carry their own tools, replacement inner-tubes, patches, chain-links, etc. to enable them to repair every-day mechanical failures.
- If you cannot repair your bike we will pick you up but we will not repair your bike for you.
- roads in perfect condition
- we are at the mercy of the local authorities and the weather with regard to the conditions of the road surfaces on the day of the event.
- detailed monitoring of riders around the course - although we try our best to sweep the routes and make sure that everyone arrives back safely.
- timing chips or any other timing information - it is not a race!