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3 Counties 100 Sportive 14th April 2019


Holdenby House,




100 mile: x4

112 Km: x3

21 mile: x1


100 mile £28.00

112 Km £25.00

21 mile £15.00

Students and over 60s -20%

Note: Small booking fee may be added to your checkout total

Late Entries: Entries from 2 weeks prior to the event will incur an additional £2.00 late entry fee. Last online entry by 6am on the Friday before the event


Registration Start: 07:30am

First Wave Start: 08:00am

3 Counties 100 Sportive covers the best cycle routes through Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland

Starting from the courtyard at Holdenby House in rural Northamptonshire, riders choose between a stunning 100 mile, 112km or 21 mile ride that takes in the beauty of the Naseby Battlefields, Eyebrooke Reservoir, the Welland Viaduct, Rutland Water and the Cottesbrooke Estate.

The 3 Counties 100 Sportive in association with:

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HSBC UK Breeze offers fun, free bike rides – as well as plenty of support and inspiration – for women of all abilities, all across the UK. With more than 2,000 trained volunteer Breeze Champions organising and leading the rides, it is Britain’s biggest women’s cycling programme.

Whether you’re just starting out or training for something bigger, Breeze rides are a great way to keep cycling in a fun and supportive environment. To find out more visit letsride.co.uk/Breeze

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Do you want to cycle more? Are you looking for other people to ride with? Join others near you, or organise your own group rides – all for free! 

HSBC UK Ride Social is a fun, friendly, growing community of people organising their own informal bike rides. You can join a ride, or share your own ride for others to join. It’s totally free to join and ride. Use Ride Social to find people near you to ride with, to find groups of all levels, riding on- and off-road. To find out more visit letsride.co.uk/social

The Routes

Starting and finishing at Holdenby House, the three routes are mainly on quiet country lanes and have have their own unique and interesting features

Although the route distances were originally as stated route modifications have occured over the years to take account of prevailing road conditions. The full route distances for the 2019 event are:

100 mile route = 97 miles*
112km route = 70 miles
21 mile route = 21 miles

*There is an optional 3 mile loop 4 miles from the finish for those hard core riders wishing to achieve the full 100 mile distance

112 Km Route (70 miles)
The 100 km route goes past the Naseby civil war battlefield and monument, around Market Harborough and over the top of Eyebrook Reservoir. They then pass the Welland viaduct where they can stop at the feed station and enjoy the view of 82 arches of Britain's longest valley viaduct. Then it’s down the beautiful Northamptonshire country lanes back to Holdenby House.

100 mile (97 miles)
Riders have the option of adding Rutland water to their 3 Counties 100 trip. The 100 mile route continues from the Welland Viaduct to head around Rutland Water, passing the windmill at Morcott, around the top of Rutland Water and return via single lane country roads back to the Welland Viaduct to follow the 110km route back to Holdenby House.

21 mile (21 miles)
The 21 mile route remain in Northamptonshire, mainly on quiet country lanes. This route takes cyclists up to the Naseby monument, and down through tranquil Cottesbrooke Estate and back to Holdenby House.

Route navigation

Although all routes are comprehensively signed, with radio communications around the entire course to ensure every rider is accounted for, all riders are encouraged to download the GPS maps below.

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Each feed station serves a selection of free cakes, savouries, energy supplements and drinks (you are requested to put a donation into the charity tin for this service). 21 mile riders are served by a feed station near Cottesbrooke. On the 112km route there are 2 feed stations; the first outside the wheel and Compass pub at Weston by Welland, providing toilet facilities. The second feed station is in Harringworth situated opposite the White Swan pub serving the 112km and 100 mile riders. The 100 mile riders will return to the feed station at Harringworth for a second time following their extended loop around Rutland Water. Hot food and refreshments are available from Holdenby House cafe for spectators throughout the day and for riders when they finish. 

Sweeping up

A broom wagon follows the last rider out, clearing away the direction signs and dismissing the marshals. The driver will be available to pick up any rider who is has any difficulties on the course. Please contact us for advice if you think it may take more than 10 hours to complete your challenge.

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