RideStaffs returns to Uttoxeter for Spring Forward in April 2018. After the familiar start in Uttoxeter High Street we’ve got a very different route planned for the second edition of this early season challenge ride.
Spring forward is our homage to the Spring Classics, repackaged for RideStaffs.
Looking for something shorter? We’ll be offering a 37.5m variation on the full course that shares some of the same route but skips a few of the big climbs.
From the start in the centre of Uttoxeter, the first part of the Spring Forward route takes you north and it’s not long before the road begins to rise.
At Alton after 6 miles the route begins to turn south for the first time and the toughest phase of your ride begins with the climb of Quarry Bank after 8 miles taking you to the high point of your ride. After that you’ll take on a series of smaller undulations that gradually give way to the flatter roads of the mid section of our route.
After a feed at half distance, the later part of the route again becomes more undulating and while there are no mountains to tackle, the road will punish anyone who’s put too much into the first half (or too little into their winter training!)
When you descend Hanbury Hill you’ll have just 6 miles left to the finish and just one more climb to test you before the drop down into Uttoxeter and the relaxing surroundings of the finish.
Our short route has a much gentler start to proceedings, heading west out of Uttoxeter towards in the direction of Stone. After 5 miles you’ll join up with the longer route to continue through Amerton and Hixon before splitting at Newton for a more direct route through Hoar Cross to rejoin the longer route after 21 miles.
After that its the same return route to Uttoxeter for both rides.