Today was the Wiggle Bournemouth Sportive. It was a last minute decision to enter as I was supposed to be doing the Brewood Challenge yesterday but at about 65 miles and not a lot of climbing it was not much of a challenge!
I drove down yesterday and so was at the starting line nice and early to register for the event. I’d only had about 4 hours sleep though (can never sleep before sportives) so was feeling a bit zonked.
A quick cup of double shot coffee soon had me feeling a bit more lively and I lined up on the starting grid. We were off and I joined a group of about 15-20 riders powering round the flatter start to the ride. We averaged something like 17.5 mph which was a nice start.
As we approached Wiltshire, the terrain started to pick up and the group spread out more. Another new county for me to ride in though!
I didn’t stop too long at the first feed stop and headed off onto the Epic part of the course towards Bulbarrow Hill, Dorset’s highest point. Just before this was the second feed stop, which was very welcome as my water supplies were getting a bit low, with all the sun we’ve had today.
Bularrow conquered for the second time (did it on the Jurassic Beast a few weeks ago) the terrain started to flatten out a bit. Some absolutely stunning countryside though.
The third and last feed stop was quieter but still a few other riders to chat with. Then it was an easy 19 miles to the finish at the west end of Bournemouth Airport.
Another lovely sportive in great countryside and a fab day out.
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