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by Shane Stokes
February 24, 2018
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A new closed-road sportive has been announced for the UK, with Vélo South due to take place on Sunday September 23 of this year. The 100 mile event was launched at the London Bike Show on Friday by past UCI world road race champion Mandy Jones and by Rugby World Cup winning captain Martin Johnson.
Jones’ presence was fitting as the ride will start and finish at the Goodwood Motor Racing circuit. It was here that she won her world title in 1982, the last time the championships were held in Britain.
The new Vélo South event organised by CSM Active and is the latest event in the Vélo Series. It follows on from the successful inaugural Vélo Birmingham sportive, which was held in September 2017 and which will return with a new route in spring of next year.
The Vélo South event will pass through the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, include 1,700 metres of climbing and is open to 15,000 riders of all ability levels.
“As a cycling fanatic, it’s hugely exciting to yet another 100 mile closed road sportive come to the UK,” said Johnson. “Having ridden the inaugural Vélo Birmingham, I know first-hand how exhilarating it is to ride on closed roads and I can’t wait to be one of 15,000 riders lined up on Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit on September 23rd.
“My advice to anyone who is tempted to enter but is doubting their ability to complete 100 miles would be to just take the plunge and go for it. I speak from experience when I say that with the right training it’s an extremely achievable goal.”
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