Probably one of the hardest sportives in the World; limited availability.
There are two routes; 95K long with 2500m of climbing, or the full-fat 195K, with 5000m of climbing. You will cycle up Tour de France HC and Cat 1 climbs and ride on near-deserted roads that are as brutal as they are beautiful.
1st Loop – Small Event – AXAT – GESSE – ROUZE – MIJANES – PORT DE PAILHERES – LA FAJOLLE – MERIAL – JOUCOU – MARSA – AXAT
2nd Loop – Large Event – AXAT – STE.COLOMBE – COL DE JAU – MOSSET – MOLITG LES BAINS – COL DE ROQUE JALERE – SOURNIA – LE VIVIER – CAUDIES DE FENOUILLEDES – AXAT
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Cyclist Magazine 04/2013
Christopher Juul-Jensen (Winner of the Tour of Denmark & Danish professional Time Trial champion)
The historically famous cities of Carcassonne & Perpignan are 1 hour – 60km from the start. The towns of Limoux, Quillan, Estagel, Couiza are nearer still and of course Axat also has a small number of auberges and other accommodation. For tourist information click here.
Both races start and finish in the picturesque village of Axat and the race features the famous Tour de France climbs, Port de Pailheres and Col de Jau. Stunning scenery is in abundance on every kilometre. The two distances feature the following:
95K: Two feed stations on route, lunch in Axat, goody bag.
195K: Four feed stations on route, lunch in Axat, goody bag.
All finishers will receive an exclusive F8 T-shirt.
Following broom wagon.
Airports: Carcassonne, Perpignan, Toulouse, Girona, Barcelona,
Beziers & Montpellier.
Trains: Perpignan, Carcassonne, Quillan.
Ferry: Dover – Calais Portsmouth – Le Havre
Your Bike: Correct gearing for HC climbs, minimum one spare inner tube, puncture repair kit and a set of lights for the main 195K route
Your Needs: Weather can change rapidly in the mountains; Windproof/waterproof jacket & crash helmet
Please follow the secure registration link to our payment partners etickets.
Once paid, you will then receive an e-ticket, our terms and conditions and refund policy. All these must be brought with you to the event. Simple.
You will need a current cycle racing licence or a letter from your doctor stating you are fit for cycle competition. This is law in France.
This certificate must be dated within one year of the event and it must mention ‘Cycle Competition’.
You also need to bring your signed T&C’s and Withdrawal Policy.
Routes will be signposted with arrows, and you will be provided with a laminated route map however participants should familiarize themselves with the course. Those entering the 195K route need to have front and rear lights Medical Certificate / Racing Licence F8 is open to all participants of both sexes over 18 years of age. You need to have a valid medical certificate or a federation racing licence. Respect of the French Rules of the Road applies. F8 is a ‘non competitive leisure ride’ on asphalt roads. The route is open to traffic and therefore all Rules of the Roads apply. All cyclists must carry a puncture repair kit and other essential tools for small repairs during the ride. Cancellation of the Event should the event be cancelled for reasons of force majeure, the amount paid to the organisation will not be refunded. Riding of the Figure of Hate Sportive each participant acknowledges that he/she has read, approved and accepted all terms and conditions and regulations. Guarantees correct behaviour before, during and after the event. Declares good physical health and has undergone a medical examination for this leisure cycling event. Consents to the use of his/her provided data, grants the organisers full use as permitted by law, including for profit of all video footage, photographs, etc taken during the event. The organisation and its partners accept no responsibility for accidents or damage to persons or property, which may occur before, during or after the event or as a result thereof. Moreover, the organisation reserves the right to exclude from the event any cyclists who are guilty of misconduct before, during and after the event. The organisation do not supply insurance of any description and recommend that each participant has health insurance and travel insurance if you are from outside France. The F8 Sportive is run by ARB Promotions in conjunction with ARB Cycling Club. It is a non profit making organisation all profits are donated to a designated charity, 2016 will be World Bicycle Relief. Withdrawal Policy 2016: Due to the limited numbers for the Inaugural 2016 F8 Sportive there will be no refund for cancellations or withdrawals.