Sunday 15th August 2021

After much deliberation and many zoom meetings the organisers have taken the decision to cancel the 2020 Sodbury Sportive. We have been waiting to see how the Covid-19 crisis was unfolding and the latest Government advice but it has become just too unlikely that a mass gathering such as a sportive is going to be possible by August. Another factor in our decision was that many of our loyal volunteers, that are the backbone of the event, are in the ‘at risk’ category so keeping them safe is a priority. We considered trying to alter the event to suit the circumstances, maybe a virtual event or various other styles that would permit social distancing. However we feel the situation is a little volatile with many people nervous about the Covid crisis which has resulted in an increase in anti-cyclist feelings. With this in mind we feel that organising any event at this time where we are going direct many riders around otherwise quiet areas wouldn’t help the perception of the event or cyclists. We considered moving the date of the event but it’s difficult to see a date in the foreseeable future that would give certainty of the event going ahead, combined with other problems such as venue availability (we can’t use the rugby club once the season starts) and heading into shorter days and colder weather.

So that’s the bad news, good news is next year the Sodbury Sportive will return on Sunday 15th August 2021

Anyone who has already entered the 2020 event will receive a full refund minus a small transaction fee (which we can’t recover), we’ll get this done asap.

Thanks for all your support and see you at the Sodbury Sportive 2021

 

 

 

Why ride the Sodbury Sportive?

Read our feedback and reviews from previous years

Our aim is to provide one of the best sportive experiences in the UK. Great routes, well organised and friendly.  A partnership between riders and organisers to make a really enjoyable day.  The win / win in this relationship is knowing that the event is run all by volunteers who with your support raise money for charity.  Once we've given you the best day on your bike we give 100% of the profits to charity and good causes

Please contact us with any suggestions, we're always looking to improve your event

The event starts just a couple of miles from the HQ of Saddleback, the exclusive importer of top high performance brands like Castelli, Sidi, and Enve. We are very grateful for the involvement of Saddleback who also help with the famous Fred Whitton Challenge and the Dartmoor Classic.

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Last year's event was a great success, thanks to you the riders for making it possible and all the feedback. We want to make the Saddleback Sodbury Sportive even better than previous years so please enter and spread the word to everyone interested in cycling. Like our facebook page to keep up to date and help tell your friends

This year there is a choice of 4 distances and will take riders along well signed (over 700 signs) and marshalled routes. Mechanical support at the start and along the route will be provided as well as a broom wagon to collect struggling riders.

Feed Stations along the route promise to refresh riders with a generous selection of homemade food combining the essential with some treats for those with a little more time to spare.  Feed Stations will also have a track pump and inner tubes in case you need to get your tyre back to full pressure or top up on spare tubes. 

 

Returning to Chipping Sodbury there will be free hot food, massages from the experts at the Toll House Clinic and time to relax with a drink from the bar 

 

Organised by the 100% Volunteers, the aim is to provide a sportive experience that is equal to the best sportives in the UK while all profits from the event will be given to charity.

A huge thanks to all the riders and helpers from 2017 in which the event nearly raised £27,406.  Please support us in 2019, we'll provide you with the best event possible and you'll help us raise even more money for charity.

Cycling Weekly June 2016 - Insider's Guide; Sodbury Sportive

Cycling Plus November 2015 feature click here

The Saddleback Sodbury Sportive is must do sportive for all levels of cyclists.  Some wonderful countryside, quiet lanes and beautiful views are there to be enjoyed.  



 


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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