Simon Warren (of 100 Climbs fame - yep that guy!) has launched a new event.

Taking place on 26 May 2024, the 100 Climbs Challenge is based in Simon's hometown of Sheffield.

You might be expecting hills and you'd be right about that - but here's the twist, there's no set route and you get to ride those climbs in whatever order you choose.

A sportive with a twist: Simon Warren's 100 Climbs Challenge takes place on 26 May.
A sportive with a twist: Simon Warren's 100 Climbs Challenge takes place on 26 May.

Simon calls it "the reinvention of the sportive" - a bold claim.

So how does that work then? Over to Simon to explain:

"The first of these events was run in 2022 and the concept was so well received by all who rode I just had to organise another," says Simon.

"I was too busy/lazy in 2023 but this year I've got organised and this time based in my home city of Sheffield the concept returns bigger and better.

"How does a 100 Climbs challenge work? It's simple.

"I tell you which hills to ride. (All taken from my books and apps)

"You plot the route. That's right, YOU plot the route. There are no arrows to follow, there's no .gpx file to download, just a series of points on a map to link in whatever way you wish, a bit like orienteering, but on a bike and with big hills. To make it a challenge each climb is attributed an amount of points adding up to a total of 75 from which you will need to score 40 to qualify as a finisher. This presents you the rider with the task of plotting the best course to outwit the other riders and get back in the shortest distance."

It's not a race, and speed is of no consequence - it's more a test of your route-planning cunning. And of course your climbing legs.

As for the distance, that will vary depending on your route but Simon reckons 100km will be enough to bag the 40 points required to finish. However, completists looking to tick off every climb will be looking at closer to 180km.

There will be a prize for shortest distance covered to reach 40 points, and the shortest distance for all 75 points, but no prizes for time.

Entry costs £35, which includes a personalised numberboard for your bike, food and drink before and after the event and "unique goodies" to take home.

We like unique goodies, and we like Simon Warren's innovative take on the sportive concept.

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