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Cumbrian cycling event set to expand for the third year

[C]ross Border Sportive based in Lanercost, Brampton is has grown for the third year in a row, expanding the routes on offer to local cyclists.

This year in the addition to The Raid’ a 50-mile route and ‘The Invasion’ an 80-mile route, the sportive is including a new 30-mile route, to be known as ‘The Recce.’

Over 170 cyclists set out from Lanercost Priory last September heading north across the border to Scotland on quiet country roads. The routes offer spectacular views across the Solway and towards the Lake District before taking a well-earned rest in Penton village hall.

The event has become renown for its feed station in Penton village hall. The tables are laden with cakes care of sponsors Bells of Lazonby with the gaps filled with sandwiches, crisps, pizza, and bananas and of course never-ending pots of tea to get the cyclists ready for the hilly journey home.

Oli Burns Event Manager said, “We’ve had such fantastic support from local cyclists and businesses and we’ve really enjoyed hosting the events. There is a great atmosphere on the day, with people entering with such hugely mixed abilities and personal targets. Some people are there to challenge themselves to see how fast they can finish, and other are very much focused on making it to the finish line.”

“We realise that cycling 50 and 80 miles isn’t everyone’s idea of a Sunday ride out. So the new 30-mile route, ‘The Recce’ should be appealing to the more social cyclist.”

“All cyclists that enter this Easter weekend will be entered into a spot prize draw to win kit from our sponsors.”

Riders will receive entry packs and spot prizes from sponsors Velo Vixen, MucOff, Lake District Biltong, Dare2Be and BikeSeven.

Cross Border Sportive is perfect for the first timer and experienced cyclist alike.

The event is open for entries online with the early bird rate applicable until the 30th June. Further information available on the events website. border sportive

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