DTCC Moonraker Sportive

Cyclosportive Cyclosportive
Date 10 Jun 2018 08:00
Category Sportive
Length 30, 60 or 100 miles
HQ Sunday 10 June 2018 from 08:00, Devizes Training Centre Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Hopton Industrial Estate London Road Devizes SN10 2EU map
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Welcome to the Devizes Town Cycling Club Moonraker Sportive 2018!  The stirring scenery of Wiltshire, (with a touch Berkshire and Hampshire for some) awaits you and we have three superb routes to choose from including a family friendly MellowMoonraker at nearly 30 miles with 280 metres (918 feet) of climbing, free for under 16s.  We also offer a more challenging but deeply rewarding MidiMoonraker stretching to 60 miles with 831 metres (2726 feet) of climbing and the epic MonsterMoonraker at 100 miles, with even more climbing (around 5500 feet). In all cases the views are great in this mystical land of white horses on hillsides.  

And, DTCC is delighted to be supporting two great causes with the proceeds from the Moonraker sportive being divided equally between the Fire Fighters Charity and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.  These are fantastic causes that are very close to our hearts and you'll see the fire and rescue service playing a big role in providing our start and finish and feed stops.  At this point we'd like to give a shout out to a couple of wonderful local sponsors who have been a great support to the club - Prolight Design and Finely Tuned Ride.   

The MellowMoonraker 30 mile route will lead eastwards through the beautiful Vale of Pewsey with views of chalk hills and the white horses at Devizes and Alton Barnes as the road gently undulates towards one of our feed stops at Pewsey Fire Station.  From there riders will return westward, along quiet lanes passing over Etchilhampton Hill with its panoramic landscapes before a welcome descent on the way back towards Devizes.

Riders opting for the 60 mile MidiMoonraker will similarly set out towards Pewsey between the chalk slopes of Salisbury Plain and the Marlborough Downs, turning left at Alton Barnes to climb Milk Hill, the highest point in Wiltshire.  Then follows a steady descent towards Lockeridge and Clatford from which the road ascends to Oare Hill before a downhill stretch towards the feed station at Pewsey Fire Station, reuninting with the shorter route for a while.  Heading westward, riders will enjoy the quiet roads and charming villages as the route heads towards the dramatic Westbury White Horse climb.  Rewarded with striking views and often among paragliders, riders will then flow downhill towards the second feed stop at Westbury Fire Station and onwards over the gentle terrain passing through Steeple Ashton and other attractive villages before a short, sharp ascent of Dunkirk Hill into Devizes.     

The MonsterMoonraker is a century ride extending the adventure further east venturing along quiet lanes, with some testing climbs like Clench Common and stirring landscapes en route towards Berkshire.  Linkenholt is the easternmost point before this epic ride loops back westwards, where with 80 miles in the legs you'll conquer the Westbury White Horse (which sometimes features paragliders if you need a lift!).  We've tested this one out and it's a terrific ride spanning the great cycling terrain of the Monster's eastern and western sides!   

You can see the route maps and GPX files for download here:

MonsterMoonraker 100

MidiMoonraker 60 miles

MellowMoonraker 30 miles 

In addition, please note:

  • mechanical support will be provided
  • friendly feed stops at local Fire Stations 
  • marshals and signage will guide you along your way
  • chip timing
  • free entry for under 16s accompanied by an adult rider