Bostin' Chase Sportive
Due to excellent feedback we have decided to slot a new early-season cycle sportive, the Bostin’ Chase Sportive, into our calendar and use the same great venue as we did for the 2017 Bostin’ Newport Cyclo, but we have designed three great new routes to delight through the surrounding beautiful countryside. The Bostin’ Chase 2018 cycling event takes riders on a choice of three fully signposted routes along predominantly country lanes and through the wonderful scenery of Shropshire and Staffordshire with the longer routes getting to experience Cannock Chase and Blithfield Reservoir.
All of our Cycling routes begin and finish at Harper Adams University near Newport, Shropshire. It is a wonderful venue with excellent facilities and plenty of parking in a safe secure location allowing you to ride with peace of mind.
All three routes head off South together, out of the University campus, passing through the quiet villages of Edgmond, riding past the beautiful St Peters Church, and forwards through wonderful open countryside towards the first short sharp test of the day outside of Lilleshall and then onwards to climb the highest point on the Bronze route, just before Sheriffhales. From there the route continues down country lanes passing through farmland near to the Morrey Meadows National Nature Reserve towards Wheaton Aston then on towards Penkridge for the first feed station of the day. After refreshment the Gold and Silver routes continue East whilst those riding the Bronze route head North and begin their trip back to the University – but do not fear for you will take a different return route to the one you came on! Passing through more charming villages, along country lanes and interesting places, such as the delightful Norbury Junction canal basin, before arriving at the finish line after riding a Bostin’ Chase 70K/40 miles Bronze route.
For those taking part on the Gold and Silver routes for the Bostin’ Chase Sportive 2018 cycling event you will continue on from Penkridge and continue East towards the former Royal forest of Cannock Chase. A long slow drag becomes a bit tougher as you cycle up through the trees before the two routes divide at the top of the climb, the highest point on both the Gold and Silver routes.
Our Bostin’ Chase Sportive Silver riders turn left and continue riding through the Chase, watching out for the resident deer population and other wildlife, before descending down the steep Brocton Bank (used by the Tour of Britain, but the other way round!) and heading back towards Penkridge through more wonderful countryside passing small lakes, streams, and canals. After a well deserved cuppa at the second feed station, you will continue back to HQ following the picturesque Bronze route’s return leg. A route you will remember for years to come!
For those who want to experience a longer route – by riding the Bostin’ Chase Sportive Gold cycling route you will experience a 120K, 75 mile route which extends yet further East over the Chase, through Rugeley and then on for the chance to ride across the middle of beautiful Blithfield Reservoir, with its ever-present wildfowl and stunning views, before turning West and riding through quaint villages and hamlets such as Hixon, Great Hayward, Tixall and Milford Common, the main entrance to Shugborough Hall and National Trust Park. Then back over some lumps through the edges of the Chase to rejoin the Silver route on its way back to Penkridge and some refreshment, returning to HQ along the Bronze and Silver route.
All three Bostin’ Chase routes are picturesque, challenging in parts but memorable! What better way to spend a Sunday!
Sunday 29th April 2018
You have three great routes to choose from:
120K / 75 miles
- Actual distance + 121.2K / 75.3 miles
- Total climb + 838m / 2,749 feet
- Max. gradient + 5.6%
- Grading + 2/5 (101) - Challenging
- Single lap
- Two feed stations
- Proposed start time = 9.00am
90K / 60 miles
- Actual distance + 92.2K / 57.3 miles
- Total climb + 660m / 2,165 feet
- Max. gradient + 6.6%
- Grading + 2/5 (60) - Challenging
- Single lap
- Two feed stations
- Proposed start time = 9.30am
INDICATIVE MAP OF ROUTES
The Bostin' Series
Enter all four 2018 Bostin' events and you will receive a bostin' 25% discount against entry fees and a discount code for 10% off the price of any merchandise bought online.
This means you can ride all four events but only pay for three!
The Bostin' Series entry must be purchased before midnight on 7th April 2018 and the merchandise discount is only valid for one shopping basket completed before midnight on 28th April 2018.
The Bostin' Bundle
Enter three of our four 2018 Bostin' events and you will receive a bostin' 15% discount against entry fees and a discount code for 10% off the price of any merchandise bought online.
The Bostin' Bundle entry must be purchased before midnight on 28th April 2018 and the merchandise discount is only valid for one shopping basket completed before midnight on 28th April 2018.
- 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 free car parking
- Free tea/coffee at Registration
- All routes fully signposted
- Event information pack (emailed 3 days before event)
- GPS/GPX route files
- Free tea, coffee, water, cakes, bananas, etc 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 hot food and tea/coffee 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 make sure that everyone arrives back safely.
- timing chips or any other timing information - it is not a race!