Ride the Trafalgar Way www.ridethetrafalgarway.
The 500km cycle sportive, named Colossus after one of the ships involved in the Battle of Trafalgar, invites relay teams to collectively take on the momentous ride from Pendennis Point to the Admiralty, London. But the real challenge is clear when you look at how long in which teams have to do it, a mere 24 hours.
So where did Ride the Trafalgar Way come from exactly?
Ride the Trafalgar Way closely follows the historic route of 1805 in which Lieutenant Lapenotière rode post-chaise (a horse-drawn carriage used for transporting passengers or mail, especially in the 18th and early 19th centuries) for 37 hours, carrying important dispatches to the Admiralty, London with the news of victory at the Battle of Trafalgar and the death of Admiral Lord Nelson.
Jim Bellinger, Event Director of Ride the Trafalgar Way says, ‘the idea came to me a few years ago after a friend mentioned a map had been produced to commemorate the bicentennial of the route and also cleared up the mystery of a number of road signs for ‘Trafalgar Way’ around my home town, Salisbury.
Intrigued I decided to find out more, and it was here that I learnt all about the historical route from Falmouth to London, which is just under 500km long’.
As an experienced Event Director and keen cyclist I set out to find out how to make it into a big cycling challenge, and so am really excited to reach this point.’
Jim and Team Trafalgar have been working hard for the past few years to locate the very best roads on the route, and ensure that the event closely follows Lieutenant Lapenotière’s histo
Trafalgar Way Colossus: Falmouth to London
Trafalgar Way Britannia: Falmouth to Exeter
Trafalgar Way Conqueror: Exeter to Salisbury
Trafalgar Way Victory: Salisbury to London
Jim continues, ‘we decided to introduce three smaller sportives to accompany ‘Colossus’ in which to offer something for everyone. Not everybody will feel ready to take on the full thing as a team, and we thought it would be a great idea to offer more people the opportunity to enjoy the historical route, and experience our exciting event.
So why not make history, and be one of the first to enter Ride the Trafalgar Way.
Entries are now open via the event website – www.ridethetrafalgarway.com