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A Thousand Cyclists Take Part in 2017 Sportive 

Over a thousand cyclists took to the road on Sunday 13th August for the biggest Sodbury Sportive ever.

Organised and actively supported by members and friends of the Rotary Club of Chipping Sodbury, the event regularly attracts cyclists from all over the country. The Sodbury event is now regarded as one of the UK’s most popular cycling sportives.

Following three circular routes of 30, 60 or 100 miles, riders set off between 8.00 and 9.00am from Chipping Sodbury Rugby Cub. Heading into wonderful South Cotswold countryside, ahead of them were some of the region’s most spectacular and challenging roads.

Excellent weather and spectacular views across three counties made it a ride to remember and many local people came out to cheer them on.

Back at Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club, friends and relatives were waiting to welcome back weary riders. On site the Event Village provided riders with the opportunity to relax with a drink and free food, take advantage of a sports massage or a barbeque, all whilst swapping stories with other cyclists and enjoying live music.

“This is a very important part of our fundraising calendar”, said Rotary Club President John Berridge. “The sportive is a huge undertaking and congratulations must go to everyone involved in organising such a successful event.”

Sportive organiser Bill Bennett reported, “We are still in the process of collating the figures, but I’m hoping total profits will reach £25,000”. Profits from the event will all go to local and national charities.

Months of pre-planning help to enhance the popularity of the sportive and give riders a perfect day out.

As one rider emailed after taking part this year: ‘I have done several sportives this year, from very small ones right through to the Velothon Wales in July. Out of all of these, the Sodbury sportive was by far the most impressive and enjoyable to participate in.

Everything from start to finish was first class…. I will be telling people what an excellent sportive this is to ride’

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