F1 star's sportive this weekend

Red Bull Racing's Mark Webber behind charity challenge

Fresh from a storming ride in the Cycling Plus Sportive at Bikeradar Live, Australian Formula One driver Mark Webber is helping to organise, and riding in, the 97-mile Ride to the Horns Sportive this Sunday (June 14).

This is the second edition of the Ride to the Horns, and as well as the full 97-miler – which starts in the Buckinghamshire village of Mentmore and takes in the classic Chilterns climbs of Whiteleaf, the Crong, Dunsmore and the Hale, and Ivinghoe Beacon – the event also includes a 25-mile challenge ride and a nine-mile family ride. Money raised by riders will go to the RNIB.

Explaining his reasons for getting behind the event, Webber – who finished the 100km Cycling PlusSportive, in association with Pacific Outdoor Equipment, in a swift 3:32:27 – said: "I enjoy seeing people do things that they’ve never done before. At these events you get riders who've never ridden the distance, and I just love their faces when they finish – they're proud of what they've achieved."

Webber, currently fourth in the F1 World Championship standings after a second place finish at last week's Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, is no stranger to event organisation. Between 2004 and 2008 he organised the Mark Webber Challenge adventure race in Tasmania, although last year's event ended in near disaster when he broke his leg in a collision with a truck.

Entries are still available for the Ride to the Horns. For more information, visit the website of Wheels in Wheels CC. You can also read more about the event in issue 224 of Cycling Plus, on sale now.

Webber was chuffed with his cycling plus sportive medal:
Webber was chuffed with his cycling plus sportive medal:

Rob Spedding

Editor-in-Chief, Cycling Plus, Cycling Plus Magazine
Editor-in-chief Rob has been pedalling Cycling Plus since 2007. His first proper road bikes were a Raleigh Sprint in the early 1980s and then a Trek 1000 in 1999. A former competitive runner, Rob has repeatedly threatened to become a competitive cyclist in every discipline from time-trailling to hill climbing to bike polo. We're still waiting.
  • Discipline: Road. Mainly commuting but with the occasional mountainous sportive that he'll complain about/fail to complete. Enjoys cake stops. Will never, ever do another triathlon after a bad experience in open water.
  • Preferred Terrain: Gently undulated roads – he's more of a rouleur. Likes gravel.
  • Current Bikes: BMC Alpenchallenge, Viner Perfecta, BMC Granfondo GF0, anything shiny that Warren Rossiter will allow him to ride
  • Dream Bike: Bianchi Specialissima, Raleigh Banana
  • Beer of Choice: Innis and Gunn Original
  • Location: Bath, UK

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