Prudential RideLondon: the world’s greatest festival of cycling
A true legacy of the 2012 Games
Developed by the Mayor of London and his agencies in 2013, Prudential RideLondon is the world’s greatest festival of cycling. T
While the Mayor and his agencies are the custodians of Prudential RideLondon, the event is managed by the London & Surrey Cycling Partnership (LSCP), a partnership between London Marathon Events Limited (owners and operators of the London Marathon since 1981) and SweetSpot Group Limited (operators of the Tour of Britain).
LSCP works with Transport for London (TfL) and London & Partners (the Mayor’s official promotional organisation) to coordinate the significant technical requirements for the event and work in partnership with London Boroughs, Surrey County Council , The Royal Parks , London Legacy Development Corporation and British Cycling , who are each integral to the delivery of the event.
Returning for its third year, The Sussex Downs Classic Sportive offers a pretty and scenic bike ride around the Sussex countryside. Enjoy the route as it takes you through the winding lanes and small country villages, with a few epic climbs and descents thrown in to test your legs. You won’t be disappointed!
In this late summer season sportive, we take you on a tour of the Sussex Downs, through a plethora of tree-covered lanes, undulating terrain and some wonderful scenery in the Ashdown Forest.
Starting out at Plumpton Racecourse we start by heading northeast on some easy-going country lanes before moving on to the more testing sections of the course, passing through the many well kept villages of the Sussex Downs. Shortly after crossing a series of old railway lines and the River Ouse, we reach our course split point for the day sending our short route riders west for a quicker day in the saddle and a more direct route to our final climb of the day up Ditchling Beacon.
Standard riders at this point will head up to our first notable challenge of the day, a long drawn out climb of around 2 miles, reaching 5% at its steepest. From here we remain in the High Weald AONB for the duration of the standard route and spend most of our day in the glorious Ashdown Forest.
After another series of shorter climbs, we reach the Chuck Hatch climb up the back of Kidds Hill. This climb lasts just short of 2 miles with a 9% gradient at its steepest section, averaging out at 4.5% over the duration. This climb is not to be underestimated. Once defeated, riders are treated to a fast descent down Kidds Hill but will soon be greeted by another unexpected climb immediately up Colemans Hatch Lane.
After this point, riders rejoin the short route and head south to tackle the focal climb of the day up the iconic Ditchling Beacon. Averaging out at 9% but reaching 16% in places, with several false flats and just under a mile of riding this is going to be a tough one. Once at the top you will have a rewarding descent back to the bottom, with only short rider remaining to the finish, for well earned medal!
The New Forest 100 cycling event is hugely popular and rated highly by previous riders who continue to come back year after year. Starting from the stunning Somerley Estate, riders will weave through the New Forest with the first blushes of autumn colour present in the National Parks foliage – transforming the forest into a southern English wonderland.
Much like our spring New Forest event, which runs earlier in the year, the New Forest 100 Sportive also takes pride in being a ‘must-do’ on many cyclists’ tick lists and this one gives you the option of conquering a 100-miles. The combination of the mollifying scenery and the relatively low climbing elevation on the 100-mile route has resulted in this ride selling out long before the day on each of the years it has run. For those who choose it, the 100-mile route could potentially be one of the easiest century rides you’ll do.
31 76 or 100 miles choice of course
Returning for its 13th year, the Box Hill Original Sportive will be your last chance to ride 100-miles with us in 2020. This is a popular end-of-season event and is highly rated by previous riders, so be sure to secure your place today.
You’ll take on the very best roads and climbs in Surrey and cover some of the 2012 Olympic road racing course. With three routes to choose from, there is something to suit all levels of cyclist. Box Hill’s proximity to London has made it a number one choice for riders based in the capital and we’re celebrating its place in the Parcours of cycling in the South East of Britain.
This is a very popular event so to avoid disappointment make sure you enter the event today.
Don’t turn to the turbo trainer this winter before you’ve had the chance to get some final outdoor miles in at this late-season sportive. It’s also a chance to make a difference for our charity partner, Alzheimer’s Research UK, and the Cycle Down Dementia fundraiser.
Starting out from Lingfield Racecourse, we start (as the sportives name suggests) heading south-east into the characteristic mosaic of medieval manors, farms and woodlands that make the High Weald AONB that it is. Be sure of some spectacular scenery and riding as you roll along within the pristine landscape of the High Weald AONB for the majority of your ride, not forgetting a brief stint in the neighbouring Surrey Hills with pretty English countryside villages dominating our route.
ROUTE: STANDARD Distance: 70 Miles Elevation Gain: 5098 ft
ROUTE: SHORT Distance: 44 Miles Elevation Gain: 3116 ft