September weekend of Sport!
Organisers of the Southampton Sporterium are delighted to announce that the exciting cycling event due to take place in June this year will now move to join the ABP Southampton Marathon on the first weekend in September. Plans have been drawn up to see a safe return to events this Autumn and the weekend of 4th and 5th September will see the city packed with cyclists on the Saturday and runners on the Sunday.
The Sporterium is made up of 2 elements; a Sportive Ride which starts in the city centre taking cyclists on a scenic 60km and 100km challenge ride through Hampshire’s countryside. The Criterium takes place in the heart of the city with a 1 mile loop for high octane cycle racing with event’s from children’s to a national elite race. The cycling event will aim to have over 3,000 riders out on their bikes taking part in fun activities and those spectating will be encouraged to ride into the city centre on the new cycle lane infrastructure which has been created by Southampton City Council as part of their Cycling strategy.
ReesLeisure, organisers of both events, chose to move the event to the same weekend in September to allow for more easing of Covid restrictions allowing them to put on an event with an exciting atmosphere to showcase the city spirit. Chris Rees, Director of ReesLeisure is also Chair of Sport for the city’s City of Culture BID. “We are extremely excited to see a return to these sporting events this Autumn. Cycling has seen a boom during lockdown and this will be key to regeneration of the city post Covid. There is a real demand for the city to become greener and seeing thousands of local people get on their bikes to spend a day in the city centre will be really exciting”.
The Criterium racing is organised under British Cycling rules and will open for those who are new to the sport as well as showcasing some elite talent from around the country.
The event is backed by British cycling and Leady Cycling Manager, Ruth Miller said: “It’s brilliant to see this commitment to closing the roads to enable spectacular cycle racing around one-mile laps right in the heart of the city, plus the challenge events out into Hampshire’s countryside. Particularly, at this time, the commitment to this new date sends a really positive and powerful message to our talented riders, our clubs, members and friends across the region – something to look forward to, train for, or aspire to and be inspired by over the coming months.
There’s a host more ways we’ll be working with the organising team to support this event and look forward to more announcements in coming months. It’ll be a real ‘something for everyone’ and we’re excited to be part of it.”
The Sportive ride will feature over 2,500 cyclists who will be spread out in waves throughout the day on open roads causing minimal disruption to the city. The route leaves the city and takes riders out to Meon Valley, north of Winchester before heading back to the city centre via Test Valley. Entries are available from the organisers website: www.Sporterium.co.uk