The White Horse Short route, like all Velo29 Short Sportives, is designed for the occasional rider wanting to get into something more challenging, people new to Sportives or more experienced riders looking for a shorter ride out.
We always had a large number of riders enjoying their first Sportive, from young children to riders in their 70’s. We even had some local club riders enjoying the route, including even an ex-professional who rode with Eddie Mercx back in the day!
From departing the HQ we ride the first 10 miles with long and medium route riders then depart onto the short route. Immediately from the depart, the roads are quiet country lanes, minimal cars and great scenery. It’s pretty flat for the first 10 miles with only a few little lumps, nothing too challenging.
The ride soon reaches the climb at Clay Bank. From Ingelby Greenhow we drag up to the start of the hill, it’s a 1KM climb which has short sections of around 20% to really test you out! In between those the road flattens out, chance to ride steady and recover. The toughest part is at the top, it’s about 50m of 25%, many walk and there is no shame in that.
At the top of Clay in the Car Park is the Feed Station, grab a rest and a snack then prepare for the fast descent into Great Broughton.
We head across to Carlton and in the direction of Hutton Rugby, there’s a sharp dip and rise on Sexhow lane just before the Village then again as we pass through it, this one is preceded by a fast descent so carry some speed into the climb if you can.
From here the end is in sight and we enjoy a fast tailwind blast down Country back roads you almost certainly won’t have ridden on before. You’ll feel like you’re riding in Paris Roubaix as you blast through the fields on the rough but safe surface.
Before long we are in Nunthorpe at the HQ enjoying a coffee and some snacks and reflecting a great mornings ride with some new friends.