Following the government’s advice regarding non-essential social contact we have taken the decision to cancel The Cotswold Cross. The National Star College which kindly hosts our HQ every year is home to many disabled and vulnerable students and staff making them even more exposed to complications caused by coronavirus; this makes our decision all the easier.
Please be assured that we have deliberated for some considerable time before taking this decision and have considered the advantages of an outdoor event with little contact between riders at a time when we will all, doubtless, need some relief from social isolation. Your health and that of the College students, staff and our marshals will, however, always be our primary concern.
We met with staff from the National Star College and it was agreed that any decision regarding continuing with the event will most likely be taken out of our hands before the end of the week in any case and we hope this provides you with some certainty if nothing else.
We will, of course, be refunding entry fees shortly but please be patient whilst we establish the best method of doing this; this will take days rather than weeks. We will also be contacting those of you who bought event jerseys to offer you some options.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and please make a note in your diary for Sunday 28th March 2021 (TBC) when we will be running again.
In the meantime stay healthy, keep riding and look out for each other!
35km, 55km or 75km
On and off-road
National Star College,
£25 on the day
75km on and off-road sportive utilising quiet roads, green lanes and bridleways around the valleys and villages of the Cotswold Hills south of Cheltenham. Shorter routes are also available.
The route is suitable for riders of all abilities and ages of 14 years and over. MTBs and cyclo cross bikes are recommended and helmets are compulsary. Not suitable for standard road bikes. You can expect a wide range of riding surfaces as well as plenty of mud if it has rained recently.
"Great event. Many thanks. Good pre-event package, well signed, great smiley marshals, good hospitality. It was a true cx sportive which I could ride my cx bike on! See y’all next year."
"Thanks for putting on a great event. Challenging 65k route. Really well organised. HQ staff and marshals really helpful. Food stations excellent! See you next year!"
"What an awesome ride and fab support – thanks to all. See you next year!"
"Great event. Thanks for making my first sportive very enjoyable. Great feed stations too.”
"Brilliant day thank you all. Great route and great feed stations. Looking forward to next year already."