The Cotswold Cross 2024

Sunday 24th March 2024

On & off road gravel sportive

Our ride

The routes start and finish at Chedworth Airfield and run west in to the heart of the stunning Cotswold Hills. With a mix of country lanes, bridleways, green-lanes, byways and private land you’ll get to see parts of beautiful Gloucestershire few others have experienced. All 3 routes (75km, 58km & 40km) are hilly and good level of fitness is required but our fantastic marshals will be there to support you every inch of the way.

Birdlip, Winstone, Daglingworth, Edgeworth, Sheepscombe and Coopers Hill are just a few of the famous Cotswold villages we pass through.

75km Long Route Difficulty (1,500M ascent) - 100%0%
55km Medium Route Difficulty (1,000m ascent) - 75%0%
40km Short Route Difficulty (500m ascent) - 50%0%
Percentage of 75km Route Off-road - 50%0%

Information

Suitable for Gravel, XC and MTB bikes only

E-bikes welcome (please ensure your battery will last the course you choose)

Gpx. routing provided

Chip timing

Route maps

Personalised rider numbers

Finishers medal

Free feed stations

Fully signed courses

Fully marshalled

Mechanical support

Medical crews

On-site parking at HQ

Raynet communication support

Free post ride pasta

Cotswold Cross 2024 Jersey

Order your Cotswold Cross 2024 Jersey before the end of January to get it in time for the event.

FAQs

Do I need to be a British Cycling or Club member to register?

Absolutely NOT! We use the British Cycling registration portal for ease and to keep your admin cost down as low as possible. We are aware, though, that the portal can be a bit confusing at times. BC will ask you to sign up to their Registration Portal so that you can register to ride with us but this IS NOT THE SAME as registering with BC and costs you nothing. What’s more, you can de-register from their portal immediately after registering to ride if you don’t want them to keep your details on file. If you have any problems registering through the portal then please contact us directly and we’ll help you through the process.

What bikes are suitable?

Different parts of the course are better suited to different bikes but Cyclo-Cross, MTB and Gravel bikes will all do the job. The course is not suitable for road bikes.

Are e-bikes welcome?

Absolutely! Please make sure that your battery is capable of seeing you round your chosen course though. There is a fair amount of ascent on all courses so do bear this in mind when assessing your battery life.

Will I be able to complete the course?

The courses are designed to be a challenge but you are more than welcome to swap courses down on your way round if you are struggling or up if you are feeling great. The main thing is that you enjoy the day and get back to HQ safely.

Will I get fed?

Yes you will.  We will be running two fantastic feed stations and also provide you with free post ride pasta when you finish.  All food is prepared by our amazing professional chef.

And if I have special dietry requirements?

El Toro will also supply us with a range of Gluten Free and Vegan options.

What time will I start?

Registration opens at 7.00am but we ask you not to arrive at HQ until 30 minutes before your start time.  Registration is a very quick process and there is no penalty for being late.

Can I ride with my friends?

Of course you can. Please just all arrive 30 minutes before the last allocated start time from your party and you can all go off together – you will not be able to register more than half an hour before you allocated start time.

Where do I park?

There is ample hard standing parking at Chedworth Airfield.

Should I bring cash?

Yes. Although the Cotswold Cross is not primarily a charity ride we do like to raise funds for our amazing friends at the National Start College who do an incredible job with disabled young adults. We might tap you up for a couple of quid for parking and hot drinks at feed stations on their behalf although we do not insist on any payment for facilities on the day.

Can I test the course beforehand?

Unfortunately not. Much of the land we traverse is not usually open to the public and it is only with the specific consent of you lovely landowners that we can ride here on Cotswold Cross day. We ask, therefore, that you please respect their generosity and leave them alone for the rest of the year.

Partners

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“What an awesome ride and fab support – thanks to all. See you next year!”