If you're looking for a challenging pre-season event to warm up those winter legs and test your mettle on 6 tough climbs, then look no further than The Rawlinson Bracket, a sportive starting from The Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon, Warwickshire, on 23rd February 2014.
The ride is a tribute to Nick Rawlinson, a local lad who loved a bit of suffering and a tough climb or two. The event marks the anniversary of his sudden passing, aged 30, when his heart stopped from a suspected arrhythmic defect in February 2012.
We have picked a challenging 'top bracket' route that's very much in the spirit of the kind of rides Nick loved; 85km full of his favourite Warwickshire hills and training routes. We like to think of it as a mini 'Liege-Bastogne-Liege.'
There's also a flatter, scenic 45km 'bottom bracket' for those don't have the appetite for those hills on a frosty February morning!
All proceeds from the event will be donated to SADS UK (http://sadsuk.org.uk), a charity set up to raise awareness of sudden arrhythmic death syndrome, and cardiac risk which can affect young people through to middle age.
For more information and to enter, please visit our website http://www.the-rawlinson-bracket.co.uk/