Having recovered from my recent experience of Sportive riding and finding it both satisfying and ‘enjoyable’ I have now entered two more such rides !  Who says you get wiser as you get older?

The first is on October 3rd, The Phil Cooke Challenge ride starting at Dunchurch and over 100km (62 miles) and the undulations of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire.  It is in aid of the Marie Curie Cancer Care charity.  A contribution goes to it from my entry fee but I am also trying to raise some money for it on my own behalf via the ‘Just Giving’ website.

The second ride is on October 10th and is the ‘Brickhills Challenge Sportive, taking place around the ‘Brickhills’ near to Milton Keynes.  This one is ‘only’ about 50 miles long.

I quote the course details from the organisers :-

The Course is on the Southern Flank of Milton Keynes and is based around the Brickhills. We have tried to include every climb in the Brickhills. The Course is very compact and you are never more than 10 miles from HQ. Ideal for spectators, it is possible to see the riders 6 times.The route passes the famous Woburn International Golf Course and the Beautifull villages of Aspley Guise, Woburn Sands, Woburn, Bow Brickhill,Little and Great Brickhill,Drayton Parslow and Stoke Hammond. The Route is Signed and Timed by Race Timing Systems.

Sounds fun doesn’t it !!  I think it includes about four or five really steep climbs among a total of 18 climbs altogether

This ride is organised in aid of Willen Hospice, a local Milton Keynes hospice.   I will shortly be starting a Just Giving page for that event as well.