North Lincolnshire Council has joined forces with Curly’s Athletes, Sportive HQ and Blizard Physiotherapy and Sports Performance Clinic to host a North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain Sportive on Sunday 10 September.

The sportive will give people the chance to get the real experience of the Stage Three route. The route includes all the main features of OVO Energy Tour of Britain Stage Three that the professional cyclists will take on Tuesday 5 September in North Lincolnshire.

A sportive is a long distance road cycling event in which a large number of cyclists ride a marked route. Many cyclists use sportives to challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance and then ultimately, the clock.

For the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain Sportive there will be three routes that amateur cyclists can choose from: around 100-miles, a mid-distance 60-miles and a shorter 25-miles.

The sportive is set to take place annually over the next five-years to commemorate the Tour of Britain in North Lincolnshire.

Details of the sportive can be found at www.nltour.co.uk/sportive. The routes will be uploaded in coming weeks and you will be able to sign up online soon.

Look out for the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain jerseys to buy soon.

Jenny Couch, lead organiser for the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain stage, said:

“We are thrilled to be working with Curly’s Athletes, Sportive HQ and Blizard Physiotherapy and Sports Performance Clinic to create the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain Cycling Sportive.

“The sportive will be held a few days after Stage Three of the Tour of Britain comes to North Lincolnshire, so the decorations will still be up around North Lincolnshire and cycling fever will still be in the air. It will be a brilliant way to celebrate the Tour of Britain and get amateur cyclists and communities involved.

“The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is a huge international event and so it only seems right to have legacy events such as the sportive taking place in North Lincolnshire.

“It is also an opportunity for those that may not be able to see the OVO Energy Tour of Britain travelling across North Lincolnshire to get involved in a community cycling experience.

“We expect to have over 1,000 entries for the sportive, which will make it an incredible event not only for the cyclists but for spectators. As there are three routes to choose from it means cyclists of all abilities will be able to take part.

“We have lots of exciting plans coming up to celebrate the Tour of Britain in North Lincolnshire, so keep an eye out for details and how you can be part of it.”

North Lincolnshire sportive

Jonathan Frary from Curly’s Athletes, said:

“Curly’s are very, very excited to be bringing the North Lincolnshire Tour of Britain Sportive to the area and just as excited to be working with our partners at North Lincolnshire Council, the team at Blizard Physiotherapy and Sports Performance plus our expert delivery partners from Sportive HQ. It’s going to be a fantastic, inclusive event for all fans of cycling and delivered by the best possible team of sporting companies!”

Jenny Blizard from Blizard Physiotherapy and Sports Performance Clinic, said:

“The team at Blizards are delighted to be working with North Lincolnshire Council, our event partners at Curly’s Athletes and our local sportive experts at Sportive HQ. We’re set up to provide support for any of those cyclists looking to achieve a personal goal or target. This is going to be a great annual event for the area and really put North Lincolnshire on the map for cycling and healthy living.”

Matt Porter from Sportive HQ, said:

“Sportive HQ is pleased to be working alongside North Lincolnshire Council, Curly’s Athletes and Blizard Physiotherapy and Sports Performance Clinic to create a memorable event as a lasting tribute to the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. With having the short route, the event is achievable by many people even if they haven’t ridden a bike in years, at just 24 miles with a refreshment stop part way round why not make a day of it?”

North Lincolnshire is set to host an entire stage of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain for the first time ever this September, as Britain’s premier road cycling event heads to the area on Tuesday 5 September 2017.

120 of the world’s top cyclists will take on a 172-kilometre stage, starting from the beautiful 300-acre estate of Normanby Hall Country Park and finishing in the heart of Scunthorpe near Central Park.

To find out more details on the OVO Energy Tour of Britain coming to North Lincolnshire, visit www.nltour.co.uk or check out our Stage Three page with an interactive map here.