• Latest News - July 18, 2018

    Rise Above and be part of Mark Cavendish's official Sportive


    Do you want to be part of Mark Cavendish’s official Sportive on Sunday 5 August? Here is your chance to ride with the winner of 30 Tour de France stages.

    Rise Above, the official sportive of Mark Cavendish, will return this summer with three new and exciting routes around Cheltenham and the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

    Taking place on Sunday 5 August, the third edition of the 30-time Tour de France stage winner’s sportive will provide a challenging test for all riders, similar to those challenges professional riders face every time they race.

    Cavendish will be the official starter of the sportive, before taking to the roads to complete one of the rides that he has helped create.

    The three circular routes on offer are:

    Enthusiast – 50 kilometres with 697m elevation gain
    Purist – 105km with 1,388m of elevation gain
    Extremist – 153km with 1,845m of elevation gain

    Speaking about the event Mark Cavendish said, “I’m very excited to announce the return of my Rise Above Sportive. We have been working on the return of the event for some time and I am looking forward to taking the Sportive to the beautiful roads of the Cotswolds.

    “The parcours we’ve chosen for all three routes will be really special and testing for any level of rider so there is a great opportunity for people of all abilities to take part and join me. I hope to see you there after the Tour de France.”

    This year’s Rise Above Sportive starts and finishes at Cheltenham Racecourse, one of the world’s most famous horse racing venues. All three routes will tackle the arduous Cleeve Hill, which featured in last year’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain race, and features sections that reach a 25 per cent gradient.

    Riders who sign up for the two longer distances will also test themselves on the energy-sapping Snowshill climb, a three-kilometre ascent that gradually increases in severity.

    This will be the third edition of the Rise Above Sportive, with over 3,500 cyclists having taken part in the two previous events, the last of which was held in Chester and North Wales in 2016.

    Right to Play will be one of the two Official Charity Partners for Rise Above Sportive. 

    Sign up here now and get your place for free by entering R2P100RA at checkout. ​​Hurry though, we only have a limited number of places left!