Routes - Tour of Cambridgeshire

Routes

Fully closed and traffic free routes await you at the Tour of Cambridgeshire. The various race routes are extremely flat and designed to help you smash your personal best. Find out more below. All routes are subject to final approval by authorities.

100 Mile Route

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0 – 25 Miles

The East of England Showground will be the home of the 2021 Tour of Cambridgeshire Event HQ. After exploring the event EXPO, a good warmup and their final preparations, riders will head to their starting gates. Upon crossing the start line riders navigate the roads away from Peterborough into the Cambridgeshire countryside. These early sections are wide enough to accommodate large fast/moving groups. Undulating roads lead riders to the first climb of the day, followed by some exposed sections with potential crosswinds. A number of descents including some sharp technical turns eventually lead riders to the B660 through Great Gidding and Winwick. From there riders pass through a number of villages on their way to the first pit stop of the day at Warreners Farm.

26 – 50 Miles

The route makes its way into Alconbury Weston where riders pass through the Fanzone, with hundreds of supporters cheering them on. They’ll need the adrenaline boost as Vinegar Hill, a challenging climb, follows. A traverse of the A1 and the Old North Road leads riders to a ride followed by a fast decent into the valley, before making their way along winding roads to Sawtry. Another short but punchy climb leads to riders to Alconbury Weald, a former US Airbase where the second pit stop of the day awaits. Leaving the former US airbase in their wake, riders follow some farm lanes towards Wennington. The route continues towards Raveley with a lovely decent from a ridge. Riders then experience their first taste of the Fends and Fenland winds.

51 – 75 Miles

After navigating through Upwood, any sort of protection from wind ends for the next 30 miles. There is no more hiding. This is where months of training will need to start paying off. These road segments are all in good condition and lead riders to the third pit stop of the day. Riders out to enjoy the challenge rather than race should make good use of this pit stop as the final segment to the finish can be very challenging. What follows are narrow, winding and flat Fenland farm road leading to an elevated stretch of road along one of the Fenland irrigation rivers. This takes riders into the bustling town of Benwick. We wouldn’t blame you if you stopped here for a burger an pint.

76 – 100 Miles

Leaving Benwick, riders follow long wide country roads towards Whittlesey. Just before Whittlesey, riders head back out into the Fens for the final time, where they should hopefully still be able to crack a smile for the Sportograf team waiting along a nice humpback bridge. Riders continue making their way back towards Peterborough, through Pondersbridge, Farcet and Yaxley. The final pit stop of the route is the smallest and quick refuelling and remounting is encouraged. Yaxley will be lined with more supports cheering riders onto a hard climb out of the village. As the route heads through Haddon, the final climb awaits. The route then retraces the segment from earlier in the day back towards Peterborough. The Flamme Rouge awaits in the village of Alwalton, after which recent re-design and re-surfacing of the road allows for a thrilling final stretch to the finish on a perfect road surface. Enjoy the thousands of fans lining the road and make your final dash to the finish as an ice cold Erdinger awaits.

70 Mile Route

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0 – 25 Miles

The East of England Showground will be the home of the 2021 Tour of Cambridgeshire Event HQ. After exploring the event EXPO, a good warmup and their final preparations, riders will head to their starting gates. Upon crossing the start line riders navigate the roads away from Peterborough into the Cambridgeshire countryside. These early sections are wide enough to accommodate large fast/moving groups. Undulating roads lead riders to the first climb of the day, followed by some exposed sections with potential crosswinds. A number of descents including some sharp technical turns eventually lead riders to the B660 through Great Gidding and Winwick. From there riders pass through a number of villages on their way to the first pit stop of the day at Warreners Farm.

26 – 50 Miles

The route makes its way into Alconbury Weston where riders pass through the Fanzone, with hundreds of supporters cheering them on. They’ll need the adrenaline boost as Vinegar Hill, a challenging climb, follows. A traverse of the A1 and the Old North Road leads riders to a ride followed by a fast decent into the valley, before making their way along winding roads to Sawtry. Another short but punchy climb leads to riders to Alconbury Weald, a former US Airbase where the second pit stop of the day awaits. Leaving the former US airbase in their wake, riders follow some farm lanes towards Wennington. The route continues towards Raveley with a lovely decent from a ridge. Riders then experience their first taste of the Fends and Fenland winds.

51 – 70 Miles

After navigating through Upwood, any sort of protection from wind ends. These road segments are all in good condition. Riders continue making their way back towards Peterborough, through Pondersbridge, Farcet and Yaxley. The final pit stop of the route is the smallest and quick refuelling and remounting is encouraged. Yaxley will be lined with more supports cheering riders onto a hard climb out of the village. As the route heads through Haddon, the final climb awaits. The route then retraces the segment from earlier in the day back towards Peterborough. The Flamme Rouge awaits in the village of Alwalton, after which recent re-design and re-surfacing of the road allows for a thrilling final stretch to the finish on a perfect road surface. Enjoy the thousands of fans lining the road and make your final dash to the finish as an ice cold Erdinger awaits.

50 Mile Route

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Route Description

The 50 mile route is an excellent route for beginners into mass participation cycling events and also those of who are less interested in the challenge of enduring miles and miles. The 50 mile route provides a taste of the North Cambridgeshire countryside and takes in the rolling terrain alongside the boarder with Northamptonshire and benefits from passing through characterful villages like Alconbury Weston and Yaxley which provide the support for the Tour of Cambridgeshire from their pubs. This route has two pitstops and follows the 70 mile route in all but the 20 mile loop around the former RAF and US airbase at Alconbury.  The nature of the route is that the first 30 miles are undulating and include a few local climbs, the next 15 miles are largely flat and exposed and the final few miles back towards the finish are in the rolling terrain again.

Time trial Route

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Route Description

The Time Trial route starts indoors off a start ramp.  The start ramp is next to the stage, podium and warm up area.  The warm up area is a restricted access area containing 60 serviced turbos.  Once on the ramp riders are supported by Tour Makers to clip in and move into position. Starts are every 20 seconds and each riders sets off on the final beep of their countdown.  The ramp is quite steep and takes riders into a gentle curve contained between rows of barriers towards the hanger doors.  The timing mat is situated on the exit from the building.  The first mile is mainly on the HQ site.  The first 100 yards take riders across a service yard and through a security gate.  The road here can be a little rough.  Once through the gates the roads are safe and in good condition.  A sharp right turn brings riders into the start and finish straight which is typically experiencing a cross wind from the left.  Riders exit the HQ site via a couple of sharp bends and two roundabouts before getting out onto public roads.  These are completely closed to traffic.  The tarmac outside of the HQ site is brand new and there has been some road re-shaping.  The first drag take riders over the A1.

The route undulates taking in two drags over the next couple of miles. The road is wide and the surface quality is good. There is typically a headwind here. This stretch of road will also see competitors coming back towards the finish on the opposite side of the road. This is safe as the road is typically 3 cars wide. The next feature is a sharp left corner into Bullock Rd. There is plenty of warning on approach to the junction and road security material. Bullock Rd is a lane and quite narrow. There are road cones along the middle of the road to keep riders apart.  The road undulates gently and is generally protected from cross winds by the hedges.   The next feature is a sharp left turn onto Morborne Hill. There is more road safety material at this junction to separate the riders turning left from those on their homeward leg along Bullock Rd from the South.

Morborne Hill is a short steep climb up to a telecoms tower. It generally benefits from a tailwind. The climb is about 1minute 20 seconds long from the bridge at the bottom of the climb. The gradient peaks at around 10% for a few metres. The road quality is good and motivation is typically enhanced with a load of Tour de France style road graffiti supporting local riders.  Over the top riders are directly onto a straight decent with enough gradient to build some serious speed before a sharp right corner onto another straight stretch for a few hundred meters on the approach to Morborne village following a sharp left. On closed roads these corners can be taken at speed, they do not pull back on themselves.  The road through the village benefits from a good surface. This work was done a couple of years ago and makes for a smooth run past a couple of farms and a village green to the exit from the village which is a sharp right.

The exit from Morbonne takes riders onto a deceptively draggy winding road for a mile or so towards Folksworth. The road is good quality and wide enough to be raced without concern for oncoming traffic. The entrance into Folksworth is a straight road between rows of houses before the junction of the Morborne Rd and Manor Rd.  This junction is important.  It is necessary to keep to the right hand side of the road at this junction. The right hand side of Manor Rd and then Washingly Road on the exit of Folksworth is closed. There are cones along the centre of the road and traffic is moving one way in the same direction as the race.  Leaving Folksworth the road drags upwards for about 400m to a right hand junction with Washingly Lane. Riders will typically be turning into a headwind again here. Washingly Lane undulates.  The first decent is into a sweeping right and bend which can be taken at speed into a compression and into a sweeping left hand bend into a drag up past a farm and open land where again the wind can catch the unsuspecting out. The road is good quality again here and over the top to the cross roads with Bullock Rd where we turn right. The road surface around the junction is a little bumpy and has a camber which runs away of the riders on the racing line. This stretch of Bullock Rd takes riders on to the homeward leg of the Tour of Cambridgeshire Time Trial. This stretch is flat and exposed to cross winds from the left.  Riders can see the telecoms tower off to the right.  After the first farm on the left, approx. 1 mile along Bullock Rd there is a sharp and steep decent back down to the cross roads where the outbound riders turn left up Morborne Hill.

After completing Sector 4, riders re-trace their way back along Sector 2 and Sector 1, all the way to the finish line at the Event HQ site.