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forest of dean s`ring classic cycling sportive


Welcome to the 10th Anniversary if the Forest of Dean Classic sportive.


The Classic started when there were only 18 other sportives in the UK as a training ride for the bigger European etapes. The route was designed to be a test with as much climbing that the Forest of Dean could throw at it, and this remains today.


We are very pleased to announce sponsorship from QM Sports Care, a sports product range used by many of the Tour de France teams and 10 lucky entrants will receive a voucher for their products.


All entrants will also have a chance of winning a signed jersey by Tom Boonen who uses the QM product range.


Shimano team will be available at the start and around the route to help with major mechanicals.


We thank you for transferring to this Sunday’s ride or next year’s event and as part of the anniversary celebrations we are returning to our Monmouth town centre start used for the first 8 editions.


There is plenty of free car parking within 5 minutes’ walk of the registration, (but please do not use Waitrose’s car park).


As in previous years we are opening registration on Saturday evening between 4pm and 6pm, and again from 07.30am on Sunday.


Unfortunately we cannot replicate the original route as we are still suffering from the road closures that caused part of the postponement from May, and we have lost 2 of the original climbs, but we can assure you there are still plenty of climbs including the final ascent of Symonds Yat to finish the ride.


The gpx revised routes are available on the website.




(Please note the nearest post code is for Waitrose car park NP25 3EQ)


Please follow the signs at each end of Monmouth town.


Car parking will be in the public car parks on Blestium Street or at the roundabout on Monnow Street and is free on Sundays.


There are toilets on the Monnow Street car park and at Registration.



Signing on is available on Saturday evening from 4pm to 6pm and again from 07.30am on Sunday. Please look up the notice board for your name and number before going to sign on.


There will be free self-service tea and coffee at registration.


We will guarantee all entries on the day at £35. Forms available at the desk.


Please display your number on the front of your bike handlebars as the timing chip is fixed to the back of the number, do not bend the chip as this potentially stops it working.




Both routes can start from 8am to 9am and will be sent off in small groups.


Please listen carefully to the pre ride briefing before your start.


The first few meters are on a public footpath and we appreciate if you could ride with care until reaching the road.




There are 2 feed points first at Sling at 32miles (51kms) this will be for both rides and the 2nd feed will be a Drybrook at 62miles (95kms).


Both feeds will have Clifbar products available from the staff along with bananas, energy drinks and cake.


Both feeds will have closing times and these will be displayed at the start and are based on a 9mph minimum average.




The route will be fully arrowed with green arrows and each hill will be named and counted down with the lowest number as the last hill. We will also have warning signs at various points along the route to help your ride.


Please adhere to these as they are there for your safety.


On returning to Monmouth there is a descent into Town, however there are temporary traffic lights situated on the descent so please take care of the traffic build up and do not try and pass these on red.


Please follow carefully the route in over the main A40 traffic lights and back into the park, and onto the footpath which will be busier on your return.




Please as before fix your number to the handlebars and do not bend the chip as this will render it useless (see sample on notice board or check with the timing staff). Timing will close at 17.30.
On your return to the finish line you will receive your goody bag and snack bag for your trip home and there will be free tea and coffee available in the marquee.




These will be displayed at the start and will be listed on the final times on Tuesday morning at the latest.




Please note this is a non-competitive event run on open roads and to the rules of the Highway Code.


Please do not try to jump traffic lights and be courteous to all other roads users and cyclists alike. Please take care in the Forest as there are animals wandering on the quieter roads.


Please have a safe ride.




2014 is the tenth anniversary of the Forest of Dean Classic sportive from Monmouth town centre on Sunday 13th July. Along with the traditional hilly 90 mile course through the Monmouthshire countryside, there is also a shorter 62 mile route which takes in most of the traditional course and several iconic climbs including the infamous Symonds Yat near the finish.

The Forest of Dean Classic has traditionally been a hilly 90 mile route through the beautiful Forest of Dean with 20 individual climbs counted down over the length of the course. The climbing starts right from the off and sets the tone for the day as the course takes in over 8000ft of climbing on the route. Several iconic climbs feature including Broadwell and Bulls Hill but the real sting in the tail is the 25% grind of Symonds Yat which comes less than 10 miles from the finish and is thankfully the last climb of the day before a fast descent to the finish.

The addition of a 62 mile route has come about due to requests from riders wanting a testing day out but without the long distance. The shorter route takes in most of the traditional route but with a much more forgiving eight climbs instead of 20. The iconic climb of Symonds Yat is still in there though so you’ll have plenty to talk about at the finish. With over 6600 ft of climbing on this route it’s still a tough day out so don’t be fooled by the shorter distance.



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