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2020 Charity Donation Sum Announced

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Last month, we took the difficult decision to notify you all of the cancellation of our flagship Tour of the Candovers sportive event, which should have taken place over the past weekend.

Whilst we were gutted to have to cancel all 3 of our events this year due to the Covid-19 situation, we shared with you our plans to donate all proceeds taken by entries and donations to Naomi House & Jacksplace, our charity partner, to try and bring some positivity to the situation and at least give something to the amazing charity who still carry out their work even during these difficult times.

We are delighted to announce that we have as of this week donated £605.58 to the charity. Whilst this is a much smaller figure than we would have expected at the start of the year, we are incredibly grateful to be in a position to give something back to the guys at the hospice.

We would like to thank those that gave their support for the events throughout the year despite the setbacks and those who donated extra funds to the charity. We hope that 2021 will be a better year and that we can run our events again.

Keep an eye out for more announcements in the coming months, but in the mean time we hope you all stay safe anf well.

Tour of the Candovers 2020 Update

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Here at Tour of the Candovers we’ve been keeping our eyes on the news from British Cycling as the rules & guidelines on sportives & events has constantly evolved.

For those who aren’t aware, British Cycling recently revealed a statement confirming that there will be no sportive events allowed throughout September, news which does sadly mean we confirm we will be cancelling our Candovers event for 2020.

We had hoped that there might be a way to run the event this year and support Naomi House & Jacks Place, but for the riders & staffs safety, it is no longer feasible.

For those who have already entered the event earlier this year, we will be donating all revenues to our worthy charity partner, Naomi House & Jacks Place. This has been our policy for all cancelled events in 2020 and we hope those entered can understand this decision.

Furthermore, events like ours have been cancelled up and down the country, cutting vital fundraising efforts to charities like them. Our candovers event is the main fundraiser of the year for us, and in previous editions has raised as much as £3000 for the charity, sadly that will not be the case this year. Instead, we have added to our website the option to make £5 donations to the charity, to try and show our support to the amazing work done at Naomi House & Jacks Place, that hasn’t slowed since the coronavirus pandemic.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused from the cancellation of all of our events but thank you for your ongoing support, we are already looking forward to putting on some more events in 2021.

Please drop us an email on events@tourofthecandovers.co.uk if you have any questions or queries. Otherwise, we hope to see you fit and well on the road in 2021.

King regards,

The Tour of the Candovers Sportives team

Tour of the Candovers 2020 & Covid-19

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We hope you are all safe and well.
As I am sure most of you are aware, British Cycling in recent weeks announced an extension to the ban on BC sanctioned events to June 30th. This unfortunately means that we will no longer be able to run our Tour of the Meons event on Sunday 14th June.
The safety of our riders & volunteers are the most important thing to us, and whilst we were hoping to go ahead with our June event, we fully respect the reasoning behind the ban extension.
A while ago we announced that following the cancellation of our first event (originally due for this weekend) that those who had already entered will be given the option to defer their entry to another of our 2020 events, otherwise all money collected so far will be donated to our charity partners Naomi House & Jacks Place.
 
Following the forced cancellation of The Tour of the Meons on June 14th, all entries from both the Meons and Worthys event will be given the option to defer entry to our final event this year, The Tour of the Candovers on 6th September. If however this would not be possible, then proceeds will be passed onto Naomi House & Jacks Place, as previously communicated.
We will be in contact with those who entered over the next few days to arrange a solution, so please bare with us.
In the mean time, we are very hopeful we will still be going ahead with the 2020 edition of the Tour of the Candovers, so we hope to see you fit and healthy on Sunday 6th September. We would also like to be able to host a second event later in 2020, so keep an eye out for more details in the coming months.
Thanks
TOC Team

Entries open for 2020

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The Tour of the Candovers team are pleased to announce we’re back for another year.

Here at ToC HQ we’ve been working hard over winter to secure another year of Hampshire based cycle sportives in your area, and we are now pleased to open entries for this years’ events.

2020 dates:
The Tour of the Worthys: 26th April 2020 (Alresford Rugby Club, Alresford)

The Tour of the Meons: 14th June 2020 (Alresford Rugby Club, Alresford)
The Tour of the Candovers: 6th September 2020 (Robert Mays School, Odiham)

The series kicks off with the Worthy’s route, starting in Alresford & taking in the surrounding villages and lanes of King’s Worthy, Martyr Worthy & beyond. In June, amidst the summer weather we head back to Alresford but this time for the Meon’s route, a picturesque yet challenging route of the river Meon valley. Both Worthy & Meon routes will feature a 30 & 50 mile option, providing options for cyclists of all abilities.

Finally in September it’s all eyes on Odiham as we hold our flagship event of the year, the Tour of the Candovers. Now in it’s 6th year, the sportive will raise vital funds for our charity partners Naomi House & Jacks Place, with all proceeds going toward the hospice. The Candovers sportive will feature the classic 3 routes of 20, 40 & 60 miles and new for 2020, a 100 mile option. Entry and details for which will be coming soon.

Once again our team of motorcycle marshals and support vehicles will patrol all of our events, ensuring you are well looked after, as well as riders on hand to help with punctures if so required and plenty of support. And who could forget the delicious cake stops?

All 3 of our sportive events are now ready to enter for 2020, so why not plan your summer of cycling now with online entry now open. What’s more, those who enter our first event, The Tour of the Worthy’s before February 29th will be entered into a prize draw to win entry to another of our events of your chosing.

Full event details will be released shortly before each event, but if you have any questions with any of our events, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the road in 2020.

The Tour of the Candovers Sportives team

Another successful Tour of the Candovers

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Thank you to all of those who took part in our Tour of the Candovers event last weekend. The weather pulled out all the stops for us and made for a cracker of a day, we hope you enjoyed it as much as us.

Now that we have had a few days, we are delighted to share with you that your efforts in donating or simply turning up have meant we will be donating £2,807.00 to our chosen charity Naomi House & Jacks Place. So we wanted to say a big thank you for being a part of that.

Now that all of our events for 2019 are over, we are looking ahead to another bigger and better year in 2020, with some exciting news coming your way in the new year.

If you haven’t already, make sure you head over to our homepage and sign up to receive updates straight to your inbox on next years events.

Thanks again for being a part of this years event and we hope we will see you next year!

Tour of the Candovers Team

Tour of the Candovers Pre-Event Details

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Thank you to everyone who has entered the Tour Of The Candovers this Sunday. Below is the final instructions for the event. If you have any questions please get in touch.

The venue is Robert Mays School in Odiham (RG29 1NA), with parking available on-site from 8am, though spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis, there is also plenty of parking on the roads in surrounding areas.

On the day:

When you arrive all riders will need to read the T&C’s and then sign in at the desk. Please also sign back in after the ride. Please make sure you are on time for the start, we would like all riders away on time, so that there is a space between the rider groups.

All the routes are sign posted with the two longer routes being the same up to the first split at 17 miles it will then re join up later on the course and carry on together until the end. Maps will be available to view at the start venue and the routes can be downloaded on our website. There are two points of the 40 and 60 mile course where you are going back on yourself after rejoining further round the route please be aware that some arrows might be double sided. There will be 1 famous cake and water stops on the 40 route, and 2 on the 60 mile route.

The route this year will be going in the opposite direction to previous years so those who have ridden with us a couple of years please be aware of this.

The start times are:
60 miles 9.00 am
40 miles 9.30 am
20 miles 09.45 am

There will be a rider briefing before each start and we will be setting you off in groups to spread riders out.

At the start and finish area there will be Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cake to buy, also extra tubes, tyres, gels and a few other bits and pieces you might need on the day.

Things you will need on the day are:
Tubes
Phone
Money
Gels
Food
Pump
and a HELMET no rider will be allowed out without a helmet this is for our insurance purposes.

At each water stop there will be a track pump and a few spare tubes which you can buy if you need extra. There will be motorbike marshals out on the course in case you have a problem, if you do have a problem please wait until the motor bike gets to you.

Pre entry is now closed but you can still enter on the day if you know anyone who wants to come along , the cost of entry on the day is £20 for the 20 & 40 routes and £25 for the 60.

The weather is looking good dry and sunny so its shaping up to be a great day raising valuable funds for Naomi House & Jacks Place.

So see you all there.

Tour of the Worthys Pre-Event Details

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Thank you to everyone who has entered this years Tour Of The Worthys this Sunday. Below is the final instructions for the event.

The Days Running time table:

Start & HQ:

Alresford Rugby Club

3 Park Mount

Alresford

SO24 9BZ

The car parks will open at 8.am. There are spaces for about 90 cars on site with extra parking at Perins School, you will be directed to the extra parking once the Rugby club is full.

When you arrive all riders will need to read the T&C’s and then sign in at the desk. It is very important that you also sign back in and hand in your number after your ride.

We would like all riders away on time, so that there is a space between the rider groups. All the routes are sign posted with the split for the shorter route at about 26 miles, The longer route has a water stop (with some well earned cakes) at 29 miles.

There is no water stop on the shorter route. All marshals will have a track pump with them and if you get into trouble wait until a back marker or motor bike gets to you.

Please also follow the rules of the road and don’t ride in big groups, most of the route is country lanes so be aware of gravel on corners and traffic coming the other way.

The start times are as follows:
50 miles – 9.00 am
30 miles – 9.30 am

At the start and finish area there will be Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cake to buy, also extra tubes, tyres, gels and a few other bits and pieces you might need on the day.

There will be a rider briefing before each start and we will be setting you off in groups to spread you out a bit on the Road, There will be motor bikes and back markers on each distance

Things you will need on the day are:
Helmet – no rider will be allowed out without a helmet this is for our insurance purposes.
Tubes
Phone
Money
Gels
Food
Pump

Pre entry is now closed but anyone can still enter on the day, the cost of entry on the day is £20 for the 30 route and £25 for the 50.

See you all Sunday

Tour Of The Worthys team

Tour of the Meons Final Event Info

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Tour of the Meons Pre-Event Details

Thank you to everyone who has entered this years Tour Of The Meons this coming Sunday. Below is the final instructions for the event.

The Days Running time table:

Start & HQ:

Alresford Rugby Club

3 Park Mount

Alresford

SO24 9BZ

The car parks wont be open until 8. am. There are spaces for about 90 cars on site with extra parking at Perins School, you will be directed to the extra parking once the Rugby club is full.

When you arrive all riders will need to read the T&C’s and then sign in at the desk. It is very important that you also sign back in and hand in your number after your ride.

We would like all riders away on time, so that there is a space between the rider groups. All the routes are sign posted with the split for the shorter route at about 23 miles, The longer route has a water stop (with our world famous cakes) at 29 miles

There is no water stop on the shorter route. All marshals will have a track pump with them and if you get into trouble wait until a back marker or motor bike gets to you.

Please also follow the rules of the road and don’t ride in big groups, most of the route is country lanes so be aware of gravel on corners and traffic coming the other way.

The start times are as follows:
50 miles – 9.00 am
30 miles – 9.30 am

At the start and finish area there will be Tea, Coffee, Soft Drinks and Cake to buy, also extra tubes, tyres, gels and a few other bits and pieces you might need on the day.

There will be a rider briefing before each start and we will be setting you off in groups to spread you out a bit on the Road, There will be motor bikes and back markers on each distance

Things you will need on the day are:
Helmet – no rider will be allowed out without a helmet this is for our insurance purposes.
Tubes
Phone
Money
Gels
Food
Pump

Pre entry is now closed but you can still enter on the day if you wish or know anyone who wants to come along , the cost of entry on the day is £20 for the 30 route and £25 for the 50.

See you all Sunday

Tour Of The Meons team

The Tour of the Candovers series back for 2019

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The Tour of the Candovers Series 2019 is back and bigger than ever…..

NEW EDITION
The Tour of the Meons 2019
Sunday 7th April 2019
Location: Perins School, Alresford SO24 9FD

The Tour of the Candovers team are excited to announce yet another exciting edition to The Tour of the Candovers Sportive series… The Tour of the Meons, like its sister event The Tour of the Worthys starts in Alresford, Hampshire and takes you through the picturesque countryside roads and villages of the Meon River Valley south of Alresford.

The third of the series will be held in April, pushing the popular Tour of the Worthys in its second year into June, with the traditional Tour of the Candovers, now in its 5th year remaining in September. We have designed another lovely route to challenge you with some more enjoyable Hampshire hills but also some respite with some well earned descents, oh and the famous cake stops will make a welcomed return too.

Once again our team of motorcycle marshals and support vehicles will patrol all of our events, ensuring you are well looked after, as well as riders on hand to help with punctures if so required and plenty of support.

All 3 of our sportive events are now ready to enter for 2019, so why not plan your summer of cycling now with online entry now open.

Full series details:
Tour of the Meons  Sunday 7th April – Robert Perins School, Alresford SO24 9BS
Tour of the Worthys  Sunday 2nd June – Perins School, Alresford SO24 9BS
Tour of the Candovers  Sunday 1st September – Robert Mays School, Odiham, RG29 1NA

Full event details will be released shortly before each event, but if you have any questions with any of our events, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks and we look forward to seeing you on the road in 2019.

The Tour of the Candovers Sportives team

Thank You!

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Well that’s Tour of The Candovers done for 2018!

Thank you to all the riders who took part in 2018’s event, we hope you enjoyed it, certainly couldn’t fault us for the weather this year!

The big news is that we managed to raise, thanks to your entries and donations, a grand total of £1800 for Naomi House & Jack’s Place! Which is a fantastic amount for such a worthy cause.

We’d also like to thank everyone who came to help on the day from Odiham Cycling Club and partners, from cake making to marshalling we couldn’t do it without you!

Now that this year’s event is over, we look ahead to the Tour of the Worthy’s 2019, which you can read more about here. In the mean time, why not check out the photos from this year and see if you were snapped.

If you have any feedback or comments from this years events or events going forward, please get in touch via the contact page.

Thanks for making 2018 another successful year for the ToC team!

See you in 2019