2018 Magnificent 7

Cyclosportive Cyclosportive
Date 11 Mar 2018 08:30
Length 26.1 Miles
HQ Bradfield Village Hall The Sands Low Bradfield Sheffield S6 6LB map
Start date has passed
Male riders aged 16-39
Female riders aged 16+
Male riders aged 40+


The 2018 Magnificent Seven

The Magnificent Seven is a unique cycling event, the first of its kind in Sheffield. Not for the fainthearted, the race is a cross between a sportive and a hill climb, that invites participants to face seven of the city’s toughest hills.

The 2018 route, which is just over 26 miles long, presents each rider with over 4,200ft of climbing, with inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent.

So how does it work? Cyclists ride with motorbike escorts and a lead car between each of the seven hills, where the riders then gather at the bottom of each climb before racing for points to the summit. The first 15 to the top then receive points which count towards the grand prize of being crowned King or Queen of the Mountains, for which the winners receive a trophy.

Both men and women are encouraged to ride with equal prize money for both categories and there’s also a prize for the over 40 year old riders, as the fastest veterans are awarded points and battle for a separate prize list.

Each of the seven climbs will be subject to a full road closure managed by Sheffield City Council, giving the competitors the unique chance to race up traffic-free closed roads, something only professional riders normally have the opportunity to do.

The ride is aimed at local amateur club riders and all entrants will receive refreshments before and after the ride, culminating with a prize-giving presentation at the end of the event. Each rider will also receive a free cycling cap for their efforts, while cow bells will again be handed out to spectators along route to help cheer the riders along the tough climbs.

This is now the third running of this unique event so the field is limited to just 130 cyclists, with the minimum age being 16 to enter. The event will also start and finish in Bradfield for the first time this year to allow more entries and more space for parking.


The Magnificent Climbs


Climb 1 - Mill Lee Road

Men Start at 8:45am

Women & Vets Start at 8:46am

Fastest on Strava: Men 3:52 - Women 4:56


> 24 minute social ride in between climbs


Climb 2 - Stephen Hill

Men Start at 9:25am

Women & Vets Start at 9:26am

Fastest on Strava: Men 3:34 - Women 4:59


> 6 minute social ride in between climbs


Climb - 3 Blake Street

Men Start at 9:47am

Women & Vets Start at 9:48am

Fastest on Strava: Men 25 secs - Women 43 secs


> 8 minute social ride in between climbs


Climb 4 - Fern Road & Thrush Street

Men Start at 10:06am

Women & Vets Start at 10:07am

Fastest on Strava: Men 1:02 - Women 1:19


> 20 minute social ride in between climbs


Climb 5 - Birch House Avenue

Men Start at 10:36am

Women & Vets Start at 10:37am

Fastest on Strava: Men 3:00 - Women 5:00


> 16 minute social ride in between climbs


Climb - 6 Back Lane & Moor Road

Men Start at 11:06am

Women & Vets Start at 11:07am

Fastest on Strava: Men 3:00 Women 5:00


> 14 minute social ride in between climbs


7 Cote de Bradfield

Men Start at 11:34am

Women & Vets Start at 11:35am

Fastest on Strava: Men 1:51 - Women 2:32




The full route is here:



The Magnificent Points

All of the seven climbs will have the same number of  points on offer and points gained over all of the climbs will go towards a final total to determine the winner and placings.  Points will be awarded for the first 15 senior men across the line at the summit of each climb. 15 for 1st and 1 point for 15th. This will be the same for the women and 10 veteran riders.

1st - 15 points
2nd - 14 points
3rd - 13 points
4th - 12 points
5th - 11 points
6th - 10 points
7th - 9 points
8th - 8 points
9th - 7 points
10th - 6 points
11th - 5 points
12th - 4 points
13th - 3 points
14th - 2 points
15th - 1 point

The top 5 in each category will receive prizes (see below). In the event of a points tie, the winner will be decided by the number of highest placed finishes over the seven classified climbs. 

The Magnificent Prizes

There will be a King of the Mountain and Queen of the Mountain Trophy awarded to the rider with the most points in both categories. There will also be prizes awarded for the top 5 and one spot prize per climb. These will be presented at the end of the ride at the HQ approximately 12:30pm. Please stay around you may win a prize!

Minimum provisional prize list for both men and women riders. Vets prizeswill also be the same.

1st - £100.00 plus KOM / QOM Trophy
2nd - £50.00
3rd - £40.00
4th - £30.00
5th - £20.00

Spot Prizes of £20.00 on all of the 7 classified climbs


The Magnificent Refreshments

There will be hot drinks and pastries before the event and hot drinks and food after the event. There will also be a bar at the Village Hall.