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Discover the beauty of the Test Valley and raise funds for the CALM charity

Discover the beauty of the Test Valley and raise funds for the CALM charity

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Event: 7 Sept 2013
Location: Grateley, Nr Andover, Hampshire


The Nelson's Tour de Test Valley is set to be a fantastic addition to the Sportive calendar. With three stunning routes in the beautiful Test Valley, a fully supported ride, top notch feed stations and the promise of a hearty meal for every rider at the finish - what's not to like?

The event organisers are aiming to put on an extremely high quality event with a friendly atmosphere - aiming to appeal to all levels of cyclist and a offer a cracking day in the saddle.

"Organisers understand that facilities for all riders are paramount and with years of riding sportives themselves, there's plenty of firsthand experience to call on. From the feed stations, route marking, to the facilities at Ride HQ riders won't be left grumbling."

Nelson's Tour de Test organisers

In loving memory of pro-snowboarder, Olympic coach and keen cyclist, Nelson Pratt, who tragically died in 2012, friends have put together a superb new sportive with three fantastic routes in the stunning Test Valley.

Organisers understand that facilities for all riders are paramount and with years of riding sportives themselves, there's plenty of firsthand experience to call on. From the feed stations, route marking, to the facilities at Ride HQ riders won't be left grumbling.

The three routes are all on quiet, tranquil roads allowing you to enjoy the spectacular scenery, will be impeccably signed and offer well-stocked feed stations.

The ‘queen stage’ of Nelson’s event, the 160km (100 mile) route offers a tough test, taking in the areas best climbs, fast descents, spectacular views and only the finest roads. This was Nelson’s first 100 mile route and remained his favourite ever ride.

100% of the entry fee and money raised will go directly to the official charity partner CALM.

According to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably), suicide is the biggest single cause of death amongst young men in the UK right now, a scary statistic and one we want to tackle.

After three of Nelson’s favourite foods each ride has a culinary flavour:

- Chicken Curry: 40km (25miles) £15
- Spag Bol: 80km (50miles) £20
- The Full Monty: 160km (100miles) £25

Please note: Entries are non-transferable and entry via the British Cycling website only here.

Ride features

- FREE parking at Ride HQ
- Full route marking & map
- Rider public liability insurance
- Mechanical support
- Free energy drink & food
- Hot meal for every rider at finish
- Electronic chip timing
- Emergency support
- On site catering
- Event photography
- Broom wagon
- Toilet facilities at Ride HQ

Ride HQ is located at the Pratt’s Farm where all routes will start and finish. The location provides the ideal base for the sportive and a beautiful roll out for the start of your ride. Ride HQ will be clearly sign posted from all directions.