Tommy Godwin Challenge

Raising funds for the Marie Curie Hospice West Midlands with three great routes for all abilities

Cyclosportive Cyclosportive
Date 28 Apr 2019 09:30
Length 100/73/30km
HQ Marie Curie Hospice Marsh Lane Solihull B91 2PQ map
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The Tommy Godwin Challenge sportive was set up in 2013 to honour the memory of 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin.  Tommy enjoyed cycling in the Warwickshire lanes and in later years was always keen to encourage other cyclists, either established stars or total newcomers. With this event we aim to replicate Tommy's experience of enjoying the countryside on our doorstep and his vision of encouraging young riders and other starting out on their cycling journeys.

All profits go to fund the West Midlands Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull where Tommy spent his last few days. So far we have raised over £60,000.

There are three routes, 30, 73 and 100km. The 30km ride is for families and the less experienced cyclists. The more challenging 100km sportive route and the intermediate 73km sportive route both have refreshment stops and chip timing. The well-signed routes wend their way through the Warwickshire lanes, with the 100km sportive making a brief foray into Worcestershire via Feckenham.  There are a couple of fords en route for the adventurous, but don't worry there are alternative paths! With only a couple of climbs, it's the ideal event for both the experienced rider and those looking for their first sportive. 
There are several National Trust properties on the routes, which are well worth exploring. Both routes turn right opposite Baddesely Clinton, a moated manor house. After the routes split, the 30km route passes through the grounds of Packwood House, a much-restored Tudor house, park and garden with notable topiary while the 100km sportive route skirts Coughton Court, an imposing Tudor house set in beautiful gardens with a collection of Catholic treasures and links to the Gunpowder plot. 
All routes start and finish at the Marie Curie Hospice, Marsh Lane, Solihull, B91 2PQ. There is ample free parking nearby. Refreshments, and toilets, will be available at the hospice before and after the rides. Mechanical support will be provided and sports therapy at the finish for those tired legs. First aid will be located at the hospice with mobile response vehicles.  There will be a refreshment stops and toilets at Snitterfield at 34k on the 73 and 100k routes, and Feckenhamat 63k on the 100km route.
All finishers will receive a medal and will be able to download free event photos.