Timed section up towards King Alfred’s Tower
“Leave some power in your legs and test yourself against the clock as you battle up towards King Alfred’s Tower”
Riders will get a further opportunity to show off their pedal power on a timed section up towards King Alfred’s Tower, situated at the top of Kingsettle hill on the fringes of Stourhead Estate. Built in 1772; Legend has it, that the siting of this first class folly celebrates the place where King Alfred the Great unfurled his Saxon flag and claimed victory over the Danes in AD878.
We’ve treated you with the 2014 placement of the Tower climb – located in the first half of your ride, we’re expecting seasoned Lionhearters to achieve PB’s all round – still a challenge and deserved of your respect, but at mile 30 ish, you’ll be perfectly warmed up and raring to go.
Rather fittingly Bontrager have chosen to support this additional challenge. Working out of his California garage in the early 80s, Keith Bontrager developed a reputation for crafting some of the finest handmade bicycle frames and components around. Keith’s mantra was simple: strong first, light second. Bontrager make bicycle components, accessories and apparel, valuing performance and usability. The Bontrager logo remains your assurance that every Bontrager component, regardless of price or weight, is designed and tested to meet Keith’s stringent standards for fatigue and impact strength and firmly grounded in a no-nonsense design philosophy.