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Lionheart Sportive

When is the eventSunday 22nd March 2015 Where is the Event Longleat Estate, Warminster, Wiltshire

Lionheart Sportive Event Information

ABOUT THE EVENT

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Prowling into its fifth year, The Lionheart has worked hard to establish itself as one of the UK’s most favoured cyclosportives. Organised by an inventive bunch of cyclists, The Lionheart’s early season following is rightfully deserved. Voted once again as one of the top sportives of 2014 by ‘Cyclosport’ readers; we’re back in the saddle on Sunday 22nd March 2015, enjoying the splendour of Longleat Estate as the start and finish point of The Lionheart Cyclosportive.

Back by popular demand, both 100 mile and 100 km routes exploit this fantastically scenic corner of South West England. With a closed road hill climb testing your speed and your spirit, this is characterful cycling terrain make no mistake.

With 4 years of glowing reviews from riders tucked securely under its mane, The Lionheart is a perfect early season ride, that will really stretch out your winter legs. An abundance of rolling hills, fantastic views and fast descents – with the added thrill of riding close to the big cats at Longleat – riders can be assured of a challenging and memorable day.

Come and join us on Sunday 22nd March 2015 and see what all the fuss is about!


EVENT DETAILS

DISTANCES & PRICES
100km (approx. 1026m of climbing) £40
100 miles (approx. 1339m of climbing) £42

* Distances are approximate


WHAT'S GREAT ABOUT THIS EVENT

•    Voted one of the top sportives of 2014 by Cyclosport
•    Stunningly scenic West Country route with rolling hills and fast descents
•    Added test of a closed road hill climb
•    Perfect early season ride to stretch out your winter legs
•    Event packs sent out in the post - no need to register on the day


EVENT INCLUDES

•    Free parking
•    Mechanical support
•    Medical support
•    Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
•    Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations
•    Electronic chip timing
•    Results texted to you as you cross the line
•    Unique finisher's medal
•    Hot food at the finish


PROVISIONAL START TIMES:
8:00am to 9:00am

AGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2015

Event Information Pack and Maps

NOTE: Event packs are sent in the post to all entrants. There is no need to register on the day of the event if you have received your pack.

AS SOON AS THE EVENT INFORMATION PACK IS AVAILABLE THE BUTTON OPPOSITE WILL TURN RED: “Financial

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100km

100 miles

Route Description - 100km

gpx iconDOWNLOAD LIONHEART 100KM GPX FILE

The 100 km route starts in front of Longleat House and meanders through the estate, circling the main house, past the big cats enclosure – Listen out for their morning roar. Riders will have warmed up nicely before enjoying the first hill of the day and exiting out of the Longleat estate. Eyes left on the way up, to catch a glimpse of the safari animals padding about in the field below.

Riders will be directed through the small estate village of Horningsham, turning right towards The Bath Arms and left, up towards Maiden Bradley. A steady climb, skirting Bradley Woods, warming up nicely for a fast descent down Druley Hill and out towards a marshaled crossing at Upton Noble. The picturesque vale of Batcombe beckons, as Riders descend Hincombe Hill. As Riders enter the village of Batcombe, it’s a short right to be rewarded with the first Feed Station of the day at Batcombe Village Hall – mile 18.

Exiting Batcombe, Riders turn right and take a steady climb through Higher Alham, heading west through the country lanes – Chesterblade and South through Stoney Stratton and Evercreech. Riders will head out onto the B3081 for a brief stretch, climbing up towards Milton Clevedon. At Milton Clevedon take a right – views in abundance – a short descent takes Riders down through Lamyatt and on into the town of Bruton, where you will meet the one way system and will be directed on and through the High Street to the second Feed Station at The Unionist Club, Bruton – mile 30.

Climbing out of Bruton on the Brewham Road, Riders will head towards North Brewham, traversing the River Brue and swinging right to South Brewham. Take care when making a sharp right, then left, at speed through this sleepy village. This is preparation territory for the climb ahead. King Alfred’s Tower climb beckons. Prepare your lungs and go steady on the climb out of South Brewham, ready to make your mark on this extra timed section. This is a killer climb, and a treat this year with it’s earlier placement at mile 35; short and sharp, but worth the puff for the fantastic folly at the top. A majestic building drenched in local folklore. We will have a photographer perfectly placed to capture your glory. Any Riders wishing to take in the beauty at a slower pace (walking!!), please stay in single file and give those spinning some space.

Legs and lungs get a chance to recover as Riders meander through Bayley’s Coppice – part of the Stourhead Estate – and on to Kilmington Common, before making a right towards the B0392, and the market town of Mere. Please take CAUTION when exiting right onto this main road; although well signed, with good vision, this is a fast commuter road and busy with National trust visitors at the weekend. Riders will, almost immediately, take a right turn towards Stourhead and a quick left into Bells Lane and through the former WWII American Airbase – avoiding the busy entrance to Stourhead. A flat two-miler, with a right hand turn downhill towards Gaspar. Take care not to shoot across the quiet crossroads at the bottom of the hill and be sure to indulge in the views of the Stourhead Estate as you cross the bridge towards Penhill. Enjoy pedalling through the pines, making sure that you take a sharp left towards a short, steep climb up Penhill, through Penselwood. It may be of note that Stourhead Estate have kindly repaired good sections of this forest road, however, this is an active forestry area and therefore please be aware of mud and debris.

Heading out of Penselwood towards Coombe Street, Riders drop down to the River valley of the Stour. Enjoy the descent but be aware of the sharp left turn that awaits you. A sharp climb up Penmill Hill is rewarded with a 3 mile breather – a lovely flat section of open road, turning right and ducking under the A303, before spinning into the market town of Mere, where Riders will find the third Feed Station of the day at Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants – mile 48.

Fueled up and raring to go, Riders will head North on the B3095, dipping under the A303, before a steep climb up and out towards the village of Kingston Deverill. Wonderful 360 degree views abound, out towards Salisbury and beyond. From this plateau Riders will experience a fast descent into Kingston Deverill – following the River Wylye – turning left, with a short climb back through open countryside towards Maiden Bradley. At Bradley Park, Riders turn right down Back Lane. On reaching the High Street turn right again towards Crockerton.

On the homeward stretch, riders can enjoy the picturesque spin past the mile long lake of Shearwater. At the end of Clay Street, a left and sharp left again will take you up through Buckler’s Wood and onto the Redway. Turn left at the top and a rapid descent brings riders back to Horningsham. Turning right at the T junction, take care as you ride through this picturesque Estate village. A right hand turn at The Bath Arms Public House will guide you back into Longleat to enjoy the most spectacular finish to the 2015 Lionheart – straight down the Longleat Drive – finishing in front of Longleat House. We will be there to congratulate and decorate you with your limited edition Lionheart medal, and encourage you to re-fuel with a complimentary bowl of something hot and tasty.

Well done – you’ve made it!!

Route Description - 100 miles

gpx iconDOWNLOAD LIONHEART 100 MILE GPX FILE

The 100 mile route starts in front of Longleat House and meanders through the estate, circling the main house, past the big cats enclosure – Listen out for their morning roar. Riders will have warmed up nicely before enjoying the first hill of the day and exiting out of the Longleat estate. Eyes left on the way up, to catch a glimpse of the safari animals padding about in the field below.

Riders will be directed through the small estate village of Horningsham, turning right towards The Bath Arms and left, up towards Maiden Bradley. A steady climb, skirting Bradley Woods, warming up nicely for a fast descent down Druley Hill and out towards a marshaled crossing at Upton Noble. The picturesque vale of Batcombe beckons, as Riders descend Hincombe Hill. As Riders enter the village of Batcombe, it’s a short right to be rewarded with the first Feed Station of the day at Batcombe Village Hall – mile 18.

Exiting Batcombe, Riders turn right and take a steady climb through Higher Alham, heading west through the country lanes – Chesterblade and South through Stoney Stratton and Evercreech. Riders will head out onto the B3081 for a brief stretch, climbing up towards Milton Clevedon. At Milton Clevedon take a right – views in abundance – a short descent takes Riders down through Lamyatt and on into the town of Bruton, where you will meet the one way system and will be directed on and through the High Street to the second Feed Station at The Unionist Club, Bruton – mile 30.

Climbing out of Bruton on the Brewham Road, Riders will head towards North Brewham, traversing the River Brue and swinging right to South Brewham. Take care when making a sharp right, then left, at speed through this sleepy village. This is preparation territory for the climb ahead. King Alfred’s Tower climb beckons. Prepare your lungs and go steady on the climb out of South Brewham, ready to make your mark on this extra timed section. This is a killer climb, and a treat this year with it’s earlier placement at mile 35; short and sharp, but worth the puff for the fantastic folly at the top. A majestic building drenched in local folklore. We will have a photographer perfectly placed to capture your glory. Any Riders wishing to take in the beauty at a slower pace (walking!!), please stay in single file and give those spinning some space.

Legs and lungs get a chance to recover as Riders meander through Bayley’s Coppice – part of the Stourhead Estate – and on to Kilmington Common, before making a right towards the B3092, and the market town of Mere. Please take CAUTION when exiting right onto this main road; although well signed, with good vision, this is a fast commuter road and busy with National Trust visitors at the weekend. Riders will, almost immediately, take a right turn towards Stourhead and a quick left into Bells Lane and through the former WWII American Airbase – avoiding the busy entrance to Stourhead. A flat two-miler, with a right hand turn downhill towards Gaspar. Take care not to shoot across the quiet crossroads at the bottom of the hill and be sure to indulge in the views of the Stourhead Estate as you cross the bridge towards Penhill. Enjoy pedalling through the pines, making sure that you take a sharp left towards a short, steep climb up Penhill, through Penselwood. It may be of note that Stourhead Estate have kindly repaired good sections of this forest road, however, this is an active forestry area and therefore please be aware of mud and debris.

Heading out of Penselwood towards Coombe Street, Riders drop down to the River valley of the Stour. Enjoy the descent but be aware of the sharp left turn that awaits you. A sharp climb up Penmill Hill is rewarded with a 3 mile breather – a lovely flat section of open road, turning right and ducking under the A303, before spinning into the market town of Mere, where Riders will find the third Feed Station of the day at Yapp Brothers Wine Merchants – mile 48.

Fueled up and raring to go, we have secured Riders a steady climb up White Hill, towards Semley – open countryside and undulating heaven – for a good five miles. Please take caution at mile 53.5, where Riders will pedal out onto a brief section of the A350; following the flow of traffic, before taking the first right for a brief climb into Semley. Rolling North, travelling through Tisbury and picking up the Nadar Valley, Riders experience a fast section through Lower Chicksgrove, Dinton, Bradford St. Martin and Burcombe, arriving in Wilton, where the weary can pop into the fourth and final feed Station at Wilton Community Centre – mile 70 – for a quick bite to eat. With the wind behind you (one can but hope!), Riders have the pleasure of the Wylye Valley ahead of them. Heading West through the villages of Great Wishford, Stockton, Boyton and Tytherington, Riders will reach the end of the valley at Sutton Veny. Head West towards Longbridge Deverill, taking caution at the A350 crossing. Tired legs are almost home, as Riders sweep through Mansford Coppice – on the outer reaches of Longleat Estate – skirting Shearwater Lake; a mile in length and set in a magnificent forest, this lake is a stunner. Heading though the small hamlet of Crockerton, Riders hit the homeward straight. A tree-lined road through Buckler’s Wood, swinging left back towards the village of Horningsham. One last, fast descent with a right into the village and right again at The Bath Arms Public House.

Riders are led back into Longleat to enjoy the most spectacular finish to the 2015 Lionheart – straight down the Longleat Drive, finishing in front of Longleat House. We will be there to congratulate and decorate you with your limited edition Lionheart medal, and encourage you to re-fuel with a complimentary bowl of something hot and tasty.

Travel/Accommodation

Event HQ: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW.

For visitors using Sat Nav, please IGNORE the directions as you approach Longleat and follow the brown tourist signposts for Longleat House, NOT the safari park.

Bike Hire

British Bike HireBritish Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the Lionheart Sportive.

British Bike HireEach bike will be cleaned and fully serviced, delivered to the start and collected after you finish the event. We will have staff at the beginning of the event ready to adjust the bikes for you to suit your needs. British Bike Hire can supply SPD pedals at a small additional charge or can fit yours on the day. The bikes are geared sensibly for these events and all bikes will be fitted with two bottle cages.

For more information please contact: tony@britishbikehire.co.uk

Charity and Fundraising

PACPositive Action on Cancer is thrilled to be chosen once again as official charity partner and part of the “pride” for the Lionheart Sportive. Last year participants pedalled their way to raising over £1,500 to support their counselling services for patients and families affected by cancer and other life threatening illnesses. We hope that once again riders tackling and taming the hills and landscape around Longleat (including the infamous lions!) will put their best foot forward to help PAC continue its vital work.

Starting its life as a telephone helpline in 1994, PAC has grown from strength to strength and now offers counselling for adults and children across Somerset, Wiltshire and Bath and North East Somerset.

PAC receives no NHS funding and relies on voluntary donations from individuals, local businesses and grant-making trusts to fund their vital services. “Lifeline’ is the word that people most often use to describe PAC’s service and 250 people contact them for help each year. Any contributions whether large or small are of great value to them.

For more information and support please email fundraising@positiveactiononcancer.co.uk, or visit www.positiveactiononcancer.co.uk.


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