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St Ives To St Ives Challenge Ride

This really tough challenge passes through some of the most scenic places in the UK

Date:13-16th September 2019, this challenge is limited to just 50 places

Price: £450

Distance: 390 miles with 25,000 feet of elevation

This is our new challenge for 2019, its our longest and toughest ride that will challenge all those taking part. Starting in St Ives, Cambridgeshire crossing nearly the whole width of the country including ten different counties before arriving on the west cost at St Ives, Cornwall. You will be supported along the whole route by our first class support team.

Day One - 120 miles, approx 6900ft of elevation

We leave the market town of St Ives, Cambridgeshire and head south towards the Chilterns. We ride through the outstanding Chiltern Hills, then on to the North Wessex Downs before arriving at our first over night stop on the outskirts of Swindon.

Day Two - 150 miles, approx 9600ft of elevation, the long day !

We leave our hotel and head towards Bath then through the Mendip Hills, round Bridgewater, and over the Quantock Hills, through Exmoor National Park before arriving at our hotel in Barnstable.

Day three - 120 miles, approx 8500ft of elevation

We leave our hotel and head south through Devon and along the coast to Cornwall. We ride over Bodmin Moor before finally rolling into St Ives. After a short rest we will have a celebratory meal.

Day four

After breakfast our luxury coach with purpose made cycle trailer will pick us up from our hotel and take us back to St Ives, Cambs.

What's included:

  • Planned and risk assessed routes
  • Three nights accommodation in our three and four star hotels.
  • Luggage transfer between hotels.
  • Mechanical support
  • First aid
  • Moral support along the whole route
  • Great breakfast at our hotels
  • Luxury coach transfer from Cornwall back to Cambridgeshire.
  • Bike transfer from Cornwall back to Cambridgshire.
  • Celebratory evening meal at our hotel in Cornwall.
  • Two training rides
  • Training plans

Additional Information

The routes will not be fully sign posted, a riders info pack will be emailed to all riders the week before the ride, included in this pack will be the confirmed routes which are downloadable for GPS devices. Included in your entry fee will be breakfast in our hotels and an evening meal at our hotel in Cornwall. You will need to purchase your own food and snacks while on the ride and your own evening meals on day one and two. We will have a number of recomended stopping point along the ride where you will be able to purchase food and drinks. This price is based on two people sharing a twin room if you are going to be riding with others please let us know so we can allocate rooms together. A single room in all three of our hotels can be booked at an additional cost on £150 this can be included at the time of booking. A non-refundable deposit of £150 is required at the time of booking and the remaining amount is due 8 weeks before the challenge starts.

We can arrange a collection from Huntingdon railway station to one of the hotels in St Ives for you and your bike on the afternoon of Thursday 12th September. The coach can also drop off at Huntingdon railway station on Monday 16th September.


St Ives, Cambs


From £450

The Slepe Morning Sportive’s food stop was excellent, the starting guy was very informative with rules and route information, and the ride was very well signposted – there was no risk of getting lost. The route was good: we didn’t have a lot of car traffic to contend with, which is my preferred way of cycling! I really enjoyed it overall, well done to all the organisers!


London To Paris in three days was a great experiance. Tought few days but well worth it. Thanks again support crew who helped make this challenge ! I'll be back for more.

Dave E

Well done to Simon and the team for a great event – a bit of everything, including the wind! Lovely food station. From all at Octagon Cycling Club.

Neil Bowman

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