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The Magnificent Seven 2020

Type:Cycle Event

Various locations around Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
The Magnificent Seven 2020

About

The Magnificent Seven is a unique cycling event in Sheffield. Not for the fainthearted, the race is a cross between a sportive and a hill climb that invites participants to face seven of the city’s toughest and most challenging hills.

The full route is 28 miles long, presenting each rider with over 3,800ft of climbing around Sheffield, with inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent.  Spectators are welcome and encouraged on all of the 7 climbs.

Entries for The Magnificent Seven will open in at 10:00am on Monday 3 February 2020, but be quick as last year the veteran and senior categories sold out within hours. This is now the fifth running of this unique event.

So how does it work? Cyclists ride with motorbike escorts and lead cars between each of the seven hills, where the riders then gather at the bottom of each climb before racing for points to the summit. This year, all riders will receive points depending on their finishing position on the climb which count towards the grand prize of being crowned King or Queen of the Mountains, for which the winners receive a trophy.

Both men and women are encouraged to ride with equal prize money for both categories and there’s also a prize and trophy for the over 40 and 50 year old riders, as the fastest veterans are awarded points and battle for a separate prize list.

Each of the seven climbs will be subject to a full road closure managed by Sheffield City Council, giving the competitors the unique chance to race up traffic-free closed roads, something only professional riders normally have the opportunity to do.

The ride is aimed at local amateur club riders and all entrants will receive refreshments before and after the ride, culminating with a prize-giving presentation at the end of the event. Each rider will also receive a free cycling buff for their efforts.

Spectators are really encouraged to come out and make some noise, using cow bells if they’ve picked them up in previous years, musical instruments or anything you can bang, rattle or whistle.

The event will once again start and finish in Bradfield – a picturesque Peak District village which sits within the Sheffield boundary just seven miles outside of the city centre.

The Magnificent Points
All of the seven climbs will have the same number of points on offer and points gained over all of the climbs will go towards a final total to determine the winner and placings.  Points will be awarded in order of crossing the finishing line at the summit of each climb. This will be the same for the women and veteran riders.

The top 5 in each category will receive prizes (see below). In the event of a points tie, the winner will be decided by the number of highest placed finishes over the seven classified climbs. 

The Magnificent Refreshments
There will be hot drinks and pastries before the event and hot drinks and past pots after the event. There will also be a bar at the Village Hall.

Keep your eyes on @Sheffrec_CC and The Outdoor City TwitterFacebook and Instagram channels for the latest announcements.

Guide Prices

The Magnificent Seven is free for spectators.

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Map & Directions

Opening Times

Season (15 Mar 2020)

* 8.30am - 12 noon (Time subject to change.)

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