The Santa 60

Wow, what a great day we all had! Thanks to everyone who came along and got into the Festive Spirit! Results can be seen at http://www.sportiveuk.co.uk/santa-60-2019-results/

As we were preparing for our last event we said to ourselves “Why should we follow everyone else and stop doing events at the end of the season?”

Just because the official cycling season has finished it doesn’t mean that most of us still want to get out on the bike and keep that hard earned fitness to some degree.

Santa 60 Sportive

We have the ride for you! The Santa 60 takes place on Sunday the 8th of December 2019, covering roads that can be thoroughly enjoyed at any time of year.

The 12 Gears of Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year. A time to spend with family and friends. Unfortunately Christmas is not always conducive to bike riding, winter roads may not always be suitable and those who don’t like to ride alone might find it hard to find ride partners.

Santa 60 Ride

We’ve got a choice of 60 and 32 mile routes that take place on roads specifically chosen for their ride-ability at this time of year. Starting and finishing at Freeman College in Buntingford, we’ll take you through a winter wonderland of scenic Herts countryside on roads suitable for the season‍‍‍ along with a well stocked feedstation.

 

 

32 Miles
The 32 miler is a great route for the beginner, or for those seasoned riders who just fancy an shorter day in the saddle. The 32 miler heads West like the shorter route, and then splits at east at Nasty towards further picturesque villages such as The Hadhams, Stocking Pelham, and Berden where you’ll be able to tuck into some home made flapjacks to help you in your final 10 miles. before. The 1300ft of climbing will give your legs a relatively easy ride, allowing you to explore picturesque villages and enjoy beautiful scenery.

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60 Miles
This is the perfect distance for those who have had a steady season and managed to keep the miles going. With 2500ft of climbing, it’s not the hilliest of courses and will allow those wanting to stretch their distances to do so. After enjoying the many scenic views of the 32 mile route, this splits at Brent Pelham, taking you further north towards the county of Cambridgeshire through Great Chishill and then heading back south into Hertfordshire through Langley, Rickling Green and Manuden, before making that final feed stop at Berden, where you’ll be able to grab a cheese and cracker for that final push.

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Santa 60 Routes

Santa 60 Bike Ride Map

Event Headquarters

Freeman College
Bowling Green Lane
Buntingford
Hertfordshire SG9 9BT

The HQ is minutes away from the A10.

On The Day

The event HQ will open at 7.30am for 60 Mile Registration – 32 Mile Riders will be able to Register from 8.00am.
Sign on and collect your pack which will include your timing chip, number and map.
Get your free energy product.
Head to the start line where you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.
Toilets and changing room facilities are available.

Start Time

The event will start at 8.30 am for 60 Milers and 8.45am for 32 Mile Riders.
Riders must be on the road by 9.15am
Appox 20 riders will go off with  2 minute intervals between each group.

Other Information

There are stops on route where you can refill your bottles and tuck into some food to keep you going. You should however bring spare food and drink as the route is rural and may not be near shops.

We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the day.

Once you complete the ride, make sure you report back to one of our team at the finish line, we’ll make sure your time is recorded. If you do not report back, you may be presumed lost and emergency services may be called.

Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Failing to do so will result in refused entry.

Enjoy the ride!