All of our 2021 events are now live and operating under the covid-19 organised sports guidance

Bostin’ Chase Sportive

Bostin' Chase Sportive

Sunday 25th April 2021

Bostin' Chase Sportive

SORRY YOU HAVE MISSED THIS EVENT - BUT PLEASE JOIN US AT ANOTHER EVENT!

The Bostin’ Chase Sportive is the first of our series of cycling events for 2021.

Following the commencement of sportives, post lockdown, under the government and British Cycling's 'organised sport' provisions we have had to make some last minute changes to this event.

These changes have enabled us to run the event this year and we hope you enjoy it!

A very popular event which takes riders on a choice of three fully signposted routes along predominantly country lanes and through the wonderful scenery of Shropshire and Staffordshire with some of the routes getting to experience Cannock Chase forest and Blithfield Reservoir.

All of our Cycling routes begin and finish at Penkridge Sports & Recreation Centre in Penkridge, Staffordshire, not at Harper Adams University as before. It is a great venue with plenty of parking.

Following the covid guidelines we have redesigned the original routes so that the only location that we need to keep covid safe is the event HQ, which will be used as the feed station as well. The routes therefore consist of three different routes that all return to HQ. The Gold riders will ride all three routes, the Silver riders two routes and the Bronze riders one route.

This has meant that there is NO FEED STATION on the Bronze route, although riders are welcome to enjoy refreshment when they return to HQ at the end of that route.

All of the routes head North West, out of the village of Penkridge along country lanes towards the village of Bradley and then on to Haughton, where the routes turn South West towards Church Eaton and later Wheaton Aston. Riders will continue South towards Bishops Wood before turning East on to the picturesque village of Brewood before turning North East and onwards to the starting point, the event HQ. Here the Bronze route finishes but, after some open air refreshment the Silver and Gold riders head off from HQ again.

The Gold and Silver riders will head North East from the HQ, following the side of the canal and up towards the village of Brocton where they will eventually turn right and ride up the short but steep Brocton Bank (used by the Tour of Britain) then on to the former Royal forest of Cannock Chase, watching out for the resident deer population and other wildlife. After riding through some of the wonderful forest roads the riders down towards Hednesford and a right turn up a hill towards the famous Pye Green radio mast and back on the top of the Chase. A left turn will bring riders West and back towards the event HQ for much needed refreshment. Here the Silver riders finish their day but the Gold riders have another route to finish before they can head home.

The Gold riders leave Penkridge towards Cannock before turning South and then on to the windmill at Sharehill and the prisons of Featherstone. Then North West through Coven and on to Brewood once more where they will then head back towards Penkridge at the event HQ.

All three Bostin’ Chase routes are picturesque, challenging in parts but memorable! What better way to spend a Sunday!

Event HQ

Penkridge Sports & Recreation Centre

Penkridge

Staffordshire

ST19 5QP

 You have three great routes to choose from:

GOLD ROUTE

  • 110K / 70 miles

  • Actual distance + 111.4K / 69.2 miles
  • Total climb + 841m / 2,759 feet
  • Max. gradient + 8.7% / -7.1%
  • Grading + 1/5 (94) - Moderate
  • Two feed stations
  • Registration opens - 8.00am
  • Start time - 8.30am - 10.00am free start

SILVER ROUTE

  • 80K / 50 miles

  • Actual distance + 80.8K / 50.2 miles
  • Total climb + 615m / 2,019 feet
  • Max. gradient + 8.7% / -7.1%
  • Grading + 1/5 (50) - Moderate
  • One feed station
  • Registration opens - 8.00am
  • Start time - 8.30am - 10.00am free start

BRONZE ROUTE

  • 50K / 30 miles

  • Actual distance + 48.6K / 30.2 miles
  • Total climb + 318m / 1,042 feet
  • Max. gradient + 6.2% / -5.6%
  • Grading + 1/5 (15) - Moderate
  • No feed station - refreshments at end
  • Registration opens - 8.00am
  • Start time - 8.30am - 10.00am free start

GOLD

SILVER

BRONZE

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • 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!

* refreshments are subject to covid-19 guidance

 

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!
Great sportives, in great locations - picturesque routes, great service and enjoyable from start to finish - join us soon!