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New Closed Road 100-mile Vélo South Details Revealed

Details and route of new 100 mile closed road sportive revealed today, following pre-launch campaign that generated over 25,000 pre-registrations

Starting and finishing at the iconic Goodwood Motor Racing Circuit, host of the 1982 World Road Race Championships

Event unveiled at the London Bike Show by Rugby World Cup Winning Captain Martin Johnson CBE and 1982 UCI World Road Race champion Mandy Jones

Entries open at 9am on Thursday March 1st and will be sold on a first come first served basis exclusively to everyone who has pre-registered

The inaugural Vélo South, a brand new 100 mile closed road sportive for the UK, was officially launched at the London Bike Show last Friday (23 February) by Rugby World Cup Winning Captain, Martin Johnson CBE, and British cycling icon and 1982 UCI World Road Race champion,n Mandy Jones.

On Sunday 23 September 2018, Vélo South will take 15,000 riders of all ability levels on a truly unforgettable journey through the stunning West Sussex countryside, starting and finishing on the iconic Goodwood Motor Circuit and featuring the magnificent rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.

With around 1,700m of climbing, Vélo South is relatively challenging, but the beauty of the route, support from the locals and camaraderie with fellow riders will make for a truly unforgettable day of closed road riding.

And with thousands of participants expected to travel from across the UK for the experience, the event will help raise the profile of West Sussex towns, villages and countryside as a great place to visit, and provide a boost for tourism.

The start and finish venue, the iconic Goodwood Motor Racing circuit, is steeped in motor racing history. But it also has credentials of the cycling kind, playing host to the 1982 World Road Race Championships; the last time the road world championships were held in Britain. The women’s championship that year was won by Mandy Jones, who unveiled the event alongside Martin Johnson CBE at the London Bike Show.

Organised by CSM Active, Vélo South is the latest event in the Vélo Series, following the hugely successful inaugural Vélo Birmingham sportive in September 2017; Vélo Birmingham is returning in Spring 2019 with a brand new route.

Aside from Ride London, Vélo South is the only other opportunity to ride 100 miles on closed roads in the UK in 2018. With over 25,000 pre-registrations received to date, Vélo South is expected to sell-out fast when entries open on Thursday March 1. To be in with a chance of taking part prospective participants must pre-register.

Prospective participants will also have the option of entering through one of Vélo South’s Lead Charity Partners – Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK and the British Heart Foundation. There will also be a Vélo South Business 100 entry option, which provides companies with the opportunity to enjoy a VIP participation experience coupled with exclusive training events and networking opportunities.

Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “We are delighted to be hosting Vélo South in our wonderful county. West Sussex is a place of culture, heritage and beautiful countryside – the perfect setting to enjoy a day of closed road riding. We’re looking forward to working with CSM Active to make the event a success and to introducing participants to the delights of our county.”

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for the Local Economy, Cllr Gordon Lindsay, added: “We are delighted that this major cycling event is going to be coming through so many areas of Horsham District. It will provide an excellent opportunity to showcase our unique district at its best – an exhilarating ride for the competitors and a real spectacle for local residents and visitors to enjoy. The ride will also provide opportunities for local businesses and will be a boost for local tourism, as food and drink providers and accommodation providers will all be able to benefit.”

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