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Route of the Cotswold Classic 10

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Route of the Cotswold Classic 10

This web page has some maps and a lot of photos of the new route of the 2016 Cotswold Classic 10, aka Witney 10. The race starts from a new venue and the new route has no bits that are the same as last year's route. The new venue is the King's School on New Yatt Road and from there the route visits New Yatt, North Leigh, East End, Wilcote Manor, New Yatt.

A map of the new route appeared on the race's Facebook page. It's also shown on this map:

The Facebook page also has this image showing the elevation profile of the route: elevation profile

In February 2016, I went out and had a look at the route, and then prepared these notes. Although it's been described as tough, it's also enjoyable as there's plenty of fine countryside to see en-route.

A description of the route is given below. I'm not connected with the organisation of the race and so this description may contain errors. I've taken some photos of places along the route. Click on any photo to see a hi-res version. If you put a photo somewhere public, please add a credit. Thanks. The description is accompanied by several small maps. Click on any small map to see a larger version of the map. On revisiting the route in September 2016, I found some yellow figures on the left hand side of the road which are presumably where mile markers will be positioned.

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The race starts from the King's School. Here's a view of the front of the School.
The School is shown in the bottom left of this map. And the first part of the route of the race you will also do on the way back. It takes you along New Yatt Road and the village of New Yatt is at the top right of the map. The map has contours shown in brown and they are spaced at 5m intervals and so, during the course of the 2K shown on the map, you cross the 100m, 105m, 110m and 115m contours. The elevation profile for this part of the route is shown inside the green box.
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The above photos show that, on the way out, it's a very gentle incline to New Yatt. It's about a 20m ascent over 2K.

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At about 2.5K or 1.5M

And the route flattens out when you arrive in New Yatt.

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At about 2.6K or 1.6M

A little bit further on, there's a road junction. Here you start the circular bit of the route. Your route back comes in from the left whereas on the way out you go right which is towards North Leigh.
The junction is at the left of the map and North Leigh is on the right of the map.
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The road from New Yatt to North Leigh starts off flat, but just before the start of North Leigh there's another 20m incline but this time it's done in about 0.5K.

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At about 3.6K or 2.2M

Shortly after the incline you pass a pub on the right called "The Woodman".

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The route meanders through North Leigh.
Not far into North Leigh, at a T-junction you turn left down Church Road, the road that appears on this map. The T-junction is shown at the bottom left of the map.
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At about 3.7K or 2.3M

The above photo shows the view from the T-junction down Church Road. In the photo, you can see the tower of the Church in the distance. It's roughly a 20m descent over the next 0.7K.

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You pass some pretty (and expensive) houses en-route.

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At about 4.4K or 2.7M

Then you reach St Mary's Church - it's on the left-hand side of Church Road.
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After the Church, Church Road drops by another 10m.

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At about 4.7K or 2.9M

There's a T-junction at the end of Church Road. Here you turn right along Boddington Lane.
The T-junction at the bottom of Church Road is shown on the left of this map.
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Along Boddington Lane, you cross 6 or maybe 7 contours. So that's about a 35m climb in about 1K.
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At about 5.8K or 3.6M

Just after the top of the incline, it starts to descend to a T-junction.
Boddington Lane is shown at the bottom of this map. You leave Boddington Lane before it reaches the A4095: you turn left (Northwards) along the road to East End.
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Here's a view of the first section of the road to East End.

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At about 6.4K or 4M

And here's the start of East End.

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At about 6.7K or 4.2M

Although the road through East End is mainly flat, it does have a short sharp dip.

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At about 7.4K or 4.6M

And it's got many nice houses.
The map shows the road North of East End.
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At about 7.5K or 4.7M

At the Northern end of East End, there's a wood on the right (and beyond the wood there's a Roman villa).

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At about 7.7K or 4.8M

But shortly afterwoods you get great views on the right down into the valley of the River Evenlode.
It's time to go down to meet the Evenlode. This map shows you are about to descend from 115m to 78m.
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At about 7.9K or 4.9M

At the top of the hill, a 11% sign points out there's a fairly steep descent ahead.

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The road makes it way down.

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There's a wood on the right and beyond the wood you may be able to make out the meandering Evenlode.

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The river comes closer as you descend to the bottom of the hill.
As they say, every down has an up. You've now reached possibly the steepest bit of the course - you're about to cross the 80m, 85m and 90m contours - but you do this 12m climb in about 0.13K.
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At about 8.5K or 5.3M

It's at about the half way point that do this steep hill.

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At about 8.8K or 5.5M

Just after the steep hill, there's a small section that's flat but it's quickly followed by an unwanted short descent.
And during the next 1K, the contours keep coming. There are nine of them.
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In about 1K, you go from 93m to 136m.
After all this climbing, your reward is one of the prettiest parts of the course. It's the section around Wilcote Manor.
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At about 9.8K or 6.1M

At a cross-roads, you go straight ahead passing two imposing stone pillars and towards a grand house.

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At about 10K or 6.2M

It's Wilcote Manor.

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The lane bears left to go round the side of the Manor. The lane leads to a Church.

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At about 10.1K or 6.3M

It's St Peter's Church.
The next section takes you from 140m to 125m, then up to 135m and down to 119m.
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First you go down from 140m to 125m.

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Then up to 135m.

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And then down to 119m along this country lane.

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At about 11.4K or 7.1M

Until you reach the crossroads at 119m.
It's more very gentle downhill ahead.
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Descending from 119m to 107m.

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At about 12.3K or 7.6M

The crossroads at 107m.
From these crossroads, "it's the final incline" - a very gentle incline back to New Yatt.
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The gentle incline starts at 107m.

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At about 12.7K or 7.9M

Turn left at this T-junction.

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It's a winding, tree-lad road that leads to the top of the final incline (at over 125m).

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At about 13.4K or 8.3M

The gentle decline to the finish begins at the start of New Yatt.

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Run pass "The Saddlers"!

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Watch out if this building site still exists in September!

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At about 13.9K or 8.6M

You turn right when you meet the signpost that you met on the way out.
You're now at the top right of this map.
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The road from New Yatt is descending from about 119m to 100m and so it's a reasonably fast run back to the finish.

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At about 16.0K or 10.0M

The finish is back at King's School.

Credits

On this web page there is a big map that is a 1:50000 map and small maps which are 1:25000 maps. The big map is produced using OS Openspace and the small maps are images that were produced by Bing maps. The big map and all the small maps are Ordnance Survey maps. Each map is © Crown copyright and database rights 2016 Ordnance Survey.

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First released: February 22nd 2016
Last updated: September 15th 2016
URL: http://www.oxonraces.com/blog/2016-02-22-cotswold-classic-10