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The next event is on the 26th of February 2017. This will be the 5th Edition of The Rawlinson Bracket, be rest assured that we will have something special laid on for you so please don’t miss out.

This year over 600 riders turned up to ride the fourth edition of the Rawlinson Bracket Winter Sportive on Sunday the 28th of February. The growing size of the event meant another change of HQ this year, IXL Events at Dallas Burston Polo Club provided us with an excellent facility and support for this year’s event.

The weather was the kindest by far for any edition of the Rawlinson Bracket, it was dry and cool with frequent appearances from the Sun! It wasn’t quite warm enough to prevent frozen extremities at the start but it wouldn’t be the Rawlinson Bracket without a reminder that it’s not an event for the timid of heart.

The Top and Bottom Bracket were both altered to accommodate the new start/finish location and had some refinements to both routes, one of which was the inclusion of ‘Windmill Hell’ for both so that all riders had the opportunity to squeeze the very last out of their legs before the finish. Our photographer, Dave Newton, was nearby to capture images from Windmill Hill and other locations on the course, you find them here –

The atmosphere at the start on event day always has a wonderful feel to it, everyone I meet has been inspired by the spirit of the event, the weather may be cold and the course may be tough but it’s all for a good cause. It gives the riders an opportunity to test themselves and help spread the message for SADS UK.

I’m also pleased to report that our event is increasing its appeal to female riders, they made up 16% of our rider population this year, up from 10% in previous editions. We hope to send that continue to increase especially as we have several current World Champions from our shores, Lizzie Armitstead and Evie Richards to mention two!

The Rawlinson Bracket has now become international and is spreading its message across the pond. The inaugural American Bracket was held on the same day, organised by Gavin Oag (one of the original organisers who is now a New Jersey resident) and raised over £380 for SADS UK. You can read more about it here –

The final rider timings are listed here –

So far this year’s event has exceeded our previous targets, this year’s total is currently over £14,000! This is for SADS UK to allow them continue to save lives, providing information, funding research and medical equipment to prevent premature sudden cardiac death. Their current focus is to improve genetic screening to provide early warning of potential SADS risk so that preventative measures can be taken.

This event really wouldn’t be what it is without the volunteers and the riders, I would like to say a big thank you to all of you, and especially for embracing the spirit of this event for the memory of Nick Rawlinson.

The organising team have again been working on this year’s event since September last year. I would like to say thank you to them all, they have donated significant amounts of time and effort each to help deliver a worthy cycling event. They have had to work extra hard this year as I was sent away on a work trip the day after the event. And as always thanks to my wife Helen who is always there to support me.


The Rawlinson Bracket is a hilly cycle sportive in the ‘wilds of Warwickshire’ taking in the gradients of the Edge Hill escarpment. The ride marks the anniversary of the passing of a close friend of ours, Nick Rawlinson, in his sleep on 24 February 2012, aged 30.
This event has two objectives; the first is to raise funds for research into, and awareness of, Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS) to help with their work with preventing further tragic loss such as with Nick, the second is to allow you to experience the type of riding that Nick enjoyed with a passion.


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