The 2012 Sandown Cyclone Sportive in Surrey will take place on Sunday, April 22, as part of the Road Cycling Show taking place at Sandown Park over April 21-22.

Three flavours of cyclo-sportive are on offer: the 35.5 mile (57km) ‘Fun’ route, the 66-mile (106km) ‘Standard’ route and the 81-mile (130km) ‘Epic’ route.

All three routes start and finish at Sandown Park, Esher, and take in some of Surrey’s finest scenery and iconic climbs.

All routes head south-west towards Cobham and then out to the countryside. The first major climb comes after 22km (13.5 miles) where the riders tackle Coombe Bottom before descending into the picturesque village of Shere.

From Shere, it’s on to Winterfold and the ascent of Pitch Hill followed by around 55km (34 miles) of relatively flat terrain around the Low Weald between the North and South Downs. On to Cranleigh, Dunsfold (home of the Top Gear test track), Kirdford, Ellens Green and Forest Green.

On the return leg, the long route takes in Leith Hill followed by the tough climb of White Down, as festured in Simon Warren’s book 100 Climbs. Then it’s across Ranmore Common, down Tanners Hatch and one final climb up to Polesden Lacey before returning to Sandown.

Entry for the Epic and Standard routes costs £30, or £20 for Fun route. Both entry fees include admission to the Road Cycling Show, which features the latest bikes, cycling products, seminars and test ride facilities.

All sportive entrants will recieve a goody bag and medal. The event includes electronic timing, mechanical support, free energy drink and snacks, bike wash facility, and rider public liability insurance.

The event will be run by one of Britain’s foremost sportive organisers, UK Cycling Events and the official bike partner is Boardman Bikes.

You can enter the Sandown Cyclone Sportive via Cycling Weekly’s online shop.


Epic route profile


  • Sergio

    Hi David,I’m afraid we only realese the GPS routes just before the event to signed up riders. This is because of last minute route changes due to road works and any unforeseen things which haven’t surfaced yet. Are there any particular elements of the route you would like to know about?Hope to see you out on the ride.Kind Regards,Nick

  • Dagoberto

    It takes a lot more than money and nationality to make a nlguineey formidable cycling team. Please note that “team” is the operative word in this regard.When it comes to team making, Bruyneel and Armstrong are clearly among the best, and have been for years. They know that it’s not just about cycling talent but loyalty. You hire the mind and soul as well as the body. Lots of riders have talent; far fewer are good team mates.But in order to get that sort of teamwork, you have to build it; you have to earn it. Bruyneel and Armstrong built it earned it, which is why so many riders left Astana to go with them – even Contador’s own room mate. In that light, what evidence do we have that Team Sky is building a team rather than assembling riders with the proper passports?Based upon the evidence now available to me, Team Sky is a collection of riders, not a team. And if cycling is an individual sport won by teams, then that is the bad news, not the good.