Shutt Velo Rapide Team fastest at 2017 Hammer Martello Gran Fondo

Shutt Velo Rapide Team 1 passing through Hatherleigh

Shutt Velo Rapide riders occupied four of the top six fastest times on Sunday at the Hammer Martello Gran Fondo from Okehampton. In an impressive display of speed and endurance the 160 kms route climbed 2,200 metres and the fastest 12 riders averaged an impressive 20 mph. The Hammer Martello is fast becoming the end of season sportive event for individuals and UK teams rounding off their season in the UK and Europe.

Shutt Velo Rapide Team 1 recorded 20:00:49 to claim top spot followed by Propello Team 5 at 20:23:22 and Propello Team 3 at 20:32:08. The only other team uner 22 hours was Shutt Velo Rapide Team 2 at 21:24:30.

There was some impressive riding throughout the field on a day of dry and perfect weather conditions on the fast and flowing parcours across North Devon and Cornwall.

Andrew White on his return to the UK after winning Gold and Silver at the Invictus Games in Canada the previous week joined a field of riders keen to test their fitness completing in an impressive 5:46:35.

Riders taking part in the Hammer Chiodo, the 110 kms route, enjoyed many of the same parcours but headed west at Hatherleigh to re-join the 160 kms route at Halsworthy.

Some impressive work in the RUTT Team 1 saw this mixed team record the fastest time at 16:59:50 with Widger Spoke Easies ladies team completing in in a very credible 17:26:40.

Full results here Hammer Martello Results 2017.

Sportive Cycling Magazine, our Lead Sponsor, is the UK’s only online magazine dedicated to riders of UK Sportives and European Cyclosportives. We were delighted when they agreed to become the Lead Sponsor of the amazing Hammer Martello in 2017. The Hammer Martello uniquely emulates a European cyclosportive. (Find out more about the differences between a UK sportive and a continental cyclosportive – Cyclosportive, UK sportive it’s all the same – right?)

Conceived in early 2016, the Hammer Martello was designed to be the UK’s only real ‘Falling Leaves’ sportive following in the wheel-tracks of Il Lombardia, the pro monument taking place on the Saturday with their Gran Fondo on the Sunday of the same weekend.

Jez Meades, Founder and Editor of Sportive Cycling said, “Our philosophy and approach to sportive riding is born out of a personal passion and aspiration to compete in amazing sportive events and to share that passion with our readers.”

Sportive Cycling follows a simple approach – Aspire, Prepare, Achieve!

It’s readership has access to many articles of some amazing and inspirational European Cyclosportives that their writers have ridden. Plus, articles about preparation covering nutrition, training, bike preparation and riding skills. All designed to help riders of all abilities Achieve!

Aspire, Prepare, Achieve!

The Hammer Martello is not the normal type of UK Sportive and has a format that closely resembles a European Cyclosportive. Jez Meades said, “The fast, flowing parcours can be as tough or spectacular as you want to make it! The roads are ideal for those wanting to secure a good time while others can enjoy the amazing scenery across North Cornwall and North Devon. The Hammer Martello fits with our philosophy and approach – we had to be Lead Sponsors!”

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