Now in its seventh year, Legs of Steel is a truly challenging event, which commemorates Dave Aitchison, a rising star in British triathlon and Ful-On Tri club member who died suddenly in January 2007 aged just 29. Starting and finishing at Box Hill – scene of the 2012 Olympic Road Race action – there are two routes of either 46 or 81km on offer, both with plenty of hills to stretch those legs (of steel). The long route includes 1600m of climbing taking riders up eight major hills, including the awesome 21% ascent of Winterfold Hill, whilst even the ‘easier’, short route punishes riders with more than 1000m of climb.
Route markers are used to identify the way and all the usual niceties are on offer (broom wagon, mechanical support, first aid) along with two feed stations on the long route and one on the shorter. Registration opens at 7.15am on the day with riders away between 8 and 9am and all profits going to the Dave Aitchison SportsAid Fund (justgiving.com/daveaitchisonfund) – this is a stunning looking sportive with plenty of challenge and the perfect opportunity to live out your Bradley Wiggins Olympian dreams.
Further details at legsofsteel.co.uk