UPDATED****************Cotswold Cross Sportive

28 March, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Seven Springs Barn
Seven Springs
Cheltenham, Glos
GL51 9NG
£25.00 + £1.00 Application fee
Owen Watkins
01242 221770
UPDATED****************Cotswold Cross Sportive @ Seven Springs Barn



  • 65km 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. Gravel, MTB and cyclo cross bikes are recommended and helmets are compulsory. 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.

Full refunds available should the event be cancelled due to COVID-19.


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  1. ***UPDATE***

    The following message has been sent to you by the organiser of The Cotswold Cross 2021 28/03/2021

    Hi and thanks so much for signing up to the Cotswold Cross.

    We know you’ve taken a leap of faith by parting with the entry fee in such uncertain times and we want to reaffirm that your money remains absolutely yours and will be refunded if we can’t run the event or you can’t attend due to the dreaded pandemic. Thank you so much for placing your trust in us.

    Obviously the question of whether the event will go ahead is being raised increasingly often as we draw nearer to D-day and it is certainly occupying our thoughts much of the time. The answer, I’m afraid, is we just don’t know. All we can do for now is keep a watching brief on the national situation and continue to plan for a successful day.

    Reluctantly we will have to make certain compromises this year in order to keep everyone safe. This starts with moving HQ away from the wonderful National Star College whose students are particularly vulnerable at the moment. We will miss their great company, fantastic facilities and gourmet food but rest assured we shall be back with them next year! They like most institutions that rely on the public’s generosity, have been hit particularly hard over the last 10 months. We usually donate your parking and jet wash fees to the NSC and contract them to provide the amazing food for our feed stations so please spare a thought (and a few quid) for the incredible work they do with their disabled students – we make no apology for rattling the tin on March 28th.

    The start and finish of this year’s event will instead be at Seven Springs Barns with the kind permission of one of our local landowners. We owe all of our landowners a debt of gratitude for allowing us over their property every year with such unrewarded generosity but please do be aware that much of the course is not open to public access and must not be ridden on any other day. We seek express consent from every landowner whose land we traverse and, as a mass start organised event, we do not have legislative rights over bridleways and other rights of way. So thanks once again to all of them.

    Other changes to our normal format will be highlighted in our pre-event pack which will be emailed out to you a week or so before the event. Among these will be the need to do away with morning coffee and breakfast offerings, starting waves of any more than 6 riders, on-site parking (there’s plenty of free parking down the hill in Cheltenham), post ride completion certificates, jet wash and free pasta, all in order to comply with what we believe will be government and British Cycling guidelines to assist with social distancing – more of this in the pre-event pack. We will, hopefully, be able to provide one feed station and one further water station on course and we will ensure that the quality of the food is as good as we can possibly make it under the circumstances.

    We haven’t been idle since last years enforced cancellation and we hope the Cotswold Cross in March will be as good as it can possibly be under the circumstances. Regardless of whether it goes ahead or not though we have also been fully engaged in securing an Autumn Cross in September with a new venue and course. We hope you will continue to support us as much with this as you have with the Cotswold Cross so we can add another unmissable date in your cycling diary.

    Stay safe and keep riding.


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