Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive 2016

Robert Shepley - EditorBanbury News, Banbury Sports News

Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive




Cyclists and spectators turn out for the Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive 2016

Now in its fourth year, cyclists of all abilities returned to Broughton Castle for the annual cycling sportive organised by the Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club and the Rotary Club of Banbury Cherwell.

The Broughton Castle Cycling Sportive had a challenge for every level of cyclist from a 5 mile family ride to a 20 miler, 50 miler and the monster 100 mile lung and leg tester.
The first group of cyclists crossed the start line at 7am before winding their way through the quite country lanes of the stunning north Cotswold Hills.

The ‘figure of eight’ course took in several classic climbs of the area including Nebsworth Lane, Snowshill and Butlers Lane but was also full of smaller notoriously leg sapping Cotswold lumps and bumps which the area is famous for in the cycling world.

Many local and national cycling clubs and team took part including our very own Banbury Star Cyclists’ Club and the Thames Valley Police Cycling Team.

All the riders who managed to finish received a well-deserved medal.

This year’s event was raising money for the Katharine House Hospice, raising vital funds for their invaluable work and was supported the Radio Horton team.

The 142 (Queen’s Own Oxfordshire Hussars) Vehicle Squadron, The Royal Logistic Corps were on site all day from the early hours, making sure the event ran smoothly.

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DSC_0091Our very own Banbury Star team


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DSC_0069Well done everyone who finished and collected their medal


DSC_0102A group of young riders who managed to complete the ride

DSC_0094Entertainment for all ages was provided