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Broughton Castle Cycling Festival | Get into sportives
Published:23 June 2014

The Broughton Castle Cycling Festival is based in the grounds of Broughton Castle, near Banbury.

Now in its second year, this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than last year’s, where 450 riders took up the challenge. With the various sportive routes winding their way through the north Cotswold Hills the event offers a challenge for every level of cyclist. There are three routes are available on the day, from a five mile family fun ride, 36 mile medium challenge route, to an epic 71 mile leg burner.

As well as the sportive routes, the cycling festival includes a range of activities going on throughout the day in the grounds of Broughton Castle, including children’s ride arena, an off road mountain bike course in the grounds of the castle, picnic area, BBQ, licensed bar, bike stalls, food stalls, charity stands, live music and much more. The event is aimed at the whole family to come and enjoy.

Organised by Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club and Banbury Cherwell Rotary Club.

Sportive Route Details:

  • Family fun ride of 10km/5.5 miles (entry for which is made payable on the day). A family friendly treasure hunt route around the quiet country roads in the vicinity of the castle.
  • Challenge route of 60km/36 miles with approximately 2000ft of climbing for those who are new to cycling or a medium ability but who still want a tough cycling challenge. The route includes one feed station and a tough categorised climb out of Whichford village - 'Col de Whichford' we're calling it!
  • Epic route of 115km/71 miles for the serious cyclist. The epic route is tough, and will be close to 6600ft of climbing and taking in nine categorised climbs, including the infamous Dover's Hill. The route has three feed stations.

The Challenge and Epic routes will have full electronic chip timing, so let’s see what time you can do.

We’re also offering a complimentary burger to all finishers of the 36 and 71 mile routes.

Full route maps and downloadable gpx files for GPS devices can be found on the event Facebook page

Look forward to seeing you on July 13.

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