Two routes and lots of climbing should make for a classic ride

As you may have seen from the thread posted on the road.cc forum Reading Cycling Club has announced that entries for the inaugural Anthony Maynard Sportive will open on January 1st. The new sportive is being run in memory of Reading CC member Anthony Maynard who was killed at the tragically young age of 25 when he was hit by a vehicle in July 2008 while on an evening club ride.

Anthony was a very keen sportive rider, and a man who liked a cycling challenge as the page about him on the sportive site makes clear. So it seems only fitting that the event that will carry his name is billed as “A challenging riding through the Berkshire Downs.” It certainly looks to be that, riders have a choice of two routes: a 105 Km shorter route that includes 1700 metres of climbing, or a 190Km option with 20 climbs and a total ascent of 2900 metres. The entry limit is 500 so you may need to be quick!

The event is being promoted by Reading CC and is being run on a not for profit basis with any money raised going to relevant charities.

Entries open on January 1 and you can only enter online vie the Entries page at the Anthony Marynard Sportive website. Entries cost £20 for both the long and short routes and payment will be taken via PayPal. On entering you will be asked your preferred distance, but you can change it on the day.


Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.