Rattler Pro Ride to take place in September...

A NEW West Country cycling event is being billed as one of the UK’s most gruelling.

Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm is launching the Rattler Pro Ride as part of a partnership with Cornwall’s first elite cycling team, Saint Piran.

The challenging two-day sportive will be taking place for the first time over the weekend of September 8 and 9.

The partnership deal will see Saint Piran and Healeys develop a number of initiatives aimed at putting Cornish cycling on the map.

Proceeds from the weekend’s cycling events will go directly to Saint Piran to support its ongoing ambition to give talented cyclists the opportunity to perform on the national stage, and by 2023, to compete as an accredited continental professional squad in the world’s biggest races.

The Rattler Pro Ride will offer cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to test their legs alongside pros on 25-, 50- and 100-mile routes on tough Cornish roads.

Each course will showcase local landmarks with the start/finish and ride village situated at the Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm at Penhallow.

On the Saturday, King of the Mountain and Sprint competitions will add to an already demanding sportive route. Sunday will see team time trials, hot laps, ‘winner stays on races’ and a variety of fun, child-friendly races.

To find out more about the weekend’s events, to register interest or book your place, please visit:

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