Severn Bridge Sportive: The Routes
The event will offer riders the choice of a 65 mile route or a 100 mile route through some of the best countryside the area has to offer – and you won’t need to decide on the route you’re taking until you get to the split point on the day! Please note routes are subject to change to accommodate the closure of the Severn Bridge motorway.
Download the Route (Subject to change)
The .gpx files of the routes for the 65 mile and 100 mile 2017 Severn Bridge Sportive are available to download. Please click on the link here.
The route will be clearly and comprehensively marked, with direction arrows at each turning and road junction. We will make sure that you are in no doubt as to where you should be heading so, if there is a long time between turnings, we’ll put up some confirmation arrows to give you some reassurance that you haven’t missed a turn. However, in the unlikely event that you take a wrong turn at any point or if signs have been dislodged, we will give each rider a route card as a fallback, which will also include emergency contact information.
Both rides will start and finish at Castle Combe Circuit with the route taking riders down the Cotswold escarpment, offering amazing views of the River Severn and into South Wales. The route journeys along quiet lanes to the North of Bath and Bristol and onto ‘The Passage’ providing wonderful close-up vistas of both Severn Bridges, before taking in the Classic Old Severn Bridge crossing.
The halfway point for the short ride and the first stop for the longer route uses the Bulwark Community Centre. The short route returns via the old outward route, climbing away from the River Severn via Olddown towards Iron Acton, bypassing Yate. The route then climbs back up onto the Cotswolds, passing through some lovely South West Cotswold scenery and the picturesque village of Castle Combe itself before returning to the Circuit.
The long route then goes on into Wales via the famous Wentwood climb, Usk and Raglan before climbing Star Hill on the way back to the original feed station for the 2nd time. The long route then follows the same route back to the circuit as the short route.