Mark Cavendish is all smiles, as his inaugural “Rise Above” cycling event sold out of its 3,000 slots ahead of next Sunday’s start.
The event features three routes – in and around the city of Chester, UK – ranging from 80 kilometers to 185 kilometers – with all of them crossing the Welsh border.
Cavendish himself will be joining riders at the mid-point during the 120 kilometer route.
“It is great news that so many people have signed up to ride in my official sportive in it’s first year and amazing that we have sold out the event in advance,” Cavendish said. “I can’t wait to see the sight of 3,000 cyclists preparing to ride out of Chester city centre on Sunday morning. We have set out to create the best possible event and a premium rider experience.”
“All three routes are really special and on challenging terrain, so I urge people to get their final training in and then look forward to seeing everyone in Chester and sharing the experience with them.”
Do you want a challenge? Do you want to be part of Mark Cavendish’s official Sportive? The chance to ride with the winner of 25 Tour de France stages, then look no further and be part of the most prestigious Sportive in the North this year. This bucket list ride across Cheshire, Chester and North Wales will see scenic forestry roads, linked with breath-taking views and iconic Welsh landscapes, full of challenging climbs and inspiring countryside as well as riding on closed roads in Chester.
Departing from Chester City Centre, the closed cobbled roads will lead you under the famous Eastgate clock, these roads soon roll across the River Dee passing the Eaton Estate; home to The Duke of Westminster. Following onto the first climb of the day, Marford Hill, then continuing along the welsh country lanes climbing further through Cymau and Ffirth however the ascent is well worth the effort to see the magical views from Panorama Walks. Pushing on you’ll see the emerging sights of World’s End creating a truly spectacular setting.
Following this comes one of the most iconic climbs in North Wales- the Horseshoe Pass- named for its shape, hugging the sides of the valley. Next a descent into the historical town of Corwen, then you climb up to Llyn Brenig reservoir along some amazing scenic rural roads and around the stunning lake. The route then leads you to the Clocaenog Forest the fresh road surfaces, Snowdonia backdrop and rolling scenic panoramas create a breath-taking section of the event parcours.
You will descend fast into Ruthin and over Moel Famau old road and then through Loggerheads countrypark- a beautiful wooded river valley with dramatic cliffs. Pushing onwards, with the route nearly at an end a ride through the Flintshire Countryside will deliver you back to Chester City Centre coming into the city again on closed roads.
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