Box Hill Original rounds off this year’s Cycling Weekly sportive series

Our original, biggest and best sportive brings the season to a close in just 10 days’ time. The Box Hill Original goes from strength to strength and now boasts a superstar guest plus a brilliant new venue.

Now in its fourth year, the Original is firmly established as the must-ride end-of-season classic, and it offers a choice of three different routes that include all the best climbs on the North Downs.

With some 2,500 riders expected, we’ve switched venues to the prestigious Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey. It’s very easily accessible from the A3 off the M25 and also has great train links to central London.

Olympic superhero Sir Chris Hoy will be on site at Sandown, where the event begins, for much of the day, and he’ll also be tackling the ‘Short’ 43-mile course that crosses Ranmore Common and features the climbs of Crocknorth Hill, plus the famous zigzags of Box Hill.

If you’re after even more of a challenge, you could consider the 102-mile Epic route, or the 70-mile Standard ride; both feature the additional ascents of Leith Hill and White Down, two of the most feared hills in the south. Whichever distance you choose, you’ll be guaranteed a brilliant day out — whatever the weather.

Don’t delay, enter today and ride with CW staff, plus ever popular ex-pro Malcolm Elliott representing series sponsor Assos. Full details at bookmyride.co.uk.

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly

  • Hadyn Bosher,

    My sentiments entirely Ian,even in ‘Cycle Sport” it’s there,was supposed to be only Pro racing.having had the mag since first issue, Eurosport from day one,what happened to the world champs coverage!!!!???

  • ian franklin

    I think you miss the point. CW certainly does. Cycling is a broad church and Sportives have their place as they have had in continental Europe for many many years. I rode some back in the 60s/70s. There is road racing, track racing, club runs, reliability trials, time trials and so on. I would be much more relaxed if CW recognised this and were inclusive about all aspects of the sport. What they have done is to alienate thousands of club cyclists with their one track strategy. Yes, sportives are good business: but they do not teach good riding, safe riding and so on. There is a phenomenal growth in our sport and I see many UK riders come out to ride with us in Thailand: sadly many do not understand the simplest of rules (or etiquette) about group riding and some think it’s ok to sit on tri-bars in the middle of the group as they do in some sportives. Also my beef is that sportives have become a business model. Clubs are the way to go and to encourage inclusiveness, good riding and the rest of it I would love to see CW reduce the emphasis on sportives and promote good practice through the extensive club network. There is a huge opportunity there and it would massively increase the sales of their magazine if they were to seize it. Many club activities do precisely what you say about sportives: time trials are inclusive and also give riders of all abilities to have a go without getting dropped by a bunch.

  • Sportives are opening the sport up giving and opportunity for riders of all abilities to have a go. This is no bad thing.

  • ian franklin

    I think the point is that CW should be aware that this sport has many facets, It’s obsession with sportives is not healthy for the sport as a whole. CW was built on tts and track. But you no longer see sensible reports of either. You have pro road races and endless pages of sportives featuring non-entities who paid 45 quid for the privilege of doing a reliability trial that my club would have charged a quid for.

  • Ugh time trialling. What happened to adventure?

  • ian franklin

    Oh dear: Not more sportives. There must be more to cycling than expensive endless sportives. Have you tried time trialling?