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Rutland Border Epique

Rutland Border Epique

May 31 2020
Rutland, East Midlands, UK

Take on our fully supported challenge on the best roads Rutland has to offer

A quick ride from the event parking takes you along the shore of Rutland Water and past the historic Normanton Church to the start at the Waterside Café on the South Shore of Rutland Water. The feeds on this event are catered, with hot food and a free beer at the end of the ride, so all you have to think about is riding.

The café will be open so you can get a good coffee to start you off on the right foot.

Once you’ve started your ride you’ll soon find yourself on quiet yet challenging terrain. Rutland is full of punchy climbs that come thick and fast, so there is always something to think about. No long, dull, flat sections here.

After some early hills the long route heads north to the first feed after 30 miles and then on to the Vale of Belvoir, which is renowned for its climbs and panoramic views.

Climb out of the Vale on Harby hill, with a gain of 338ft on 1.6 miles, and head south towards the locally renowned cycling café at Wymondham Windmill (no event feed there unless you choose to stop).

The snappy climbs continue until the second feed at Owston. Be warned! – some of the toughest climbs on the whole route are after this feed. The 11% climb out of Launde Abbey, the tough road to Belton in Rutland and the climb toward Hallaton are renowned broom wagon hot spots for the unsuspecting or unprepared.

Hallaton to Medbourne gives you a break from the hills, with a long steady decent giving you the chance to turn a bigger gear and up the average speed until the hills start again at Neville Holt and the picturesque Eyebrook Reservoir.

The last 10 miles is a bit steadier, with all of the toughest climbs out of the way leaving you to enjoy the scenery as you head back to Rutland Water to eat, drink, relax and talk about your ride on the shore of the water.

Anglian Water will charge entrants to this event £3 PER CAR for parking at Sykes Lane, Empingham LE15 8QL (2.3 miles from HQ). The normal day parking rate is £8. You will need to pay CASH ONLY on entry. Please consider car sharing to reduce this cost.  There is no parking at Normanton HQ car park this year.

Rutland is a very active area for horse riders. Please ready the British Horse Society guidance on how to ride around horses HERE

Rutland Border Epique

Routes: 54, 78, 100 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
What's Included?
Three Distances To Choose From - See Grey Buttons On The Left Hand Side Of This Page For Routes And Elevations Etc. 
All Routes Are On Road, No Off-road Sections. All Suitable For A Road Bike
Feedstations At Village Halls On Route. No Pop-up Feeds At The Roadside.
Post-event Food Included In The Entry Fee
Mechanical Support And Support Vehicles
Electronic Timing
Event Photography 
All Routes £32
Event Medal
Support for Participants
SAG Wagon
Neutral Support Vehicles
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Feed / Aid Stations
Post Event Meal(s) Provided As Part of Entry
Start Address: Waterside Cafe Rutland Water South Shore Normanton Rutland LE15 8HD
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