Over 900 riders took part in the inaugural Cycling Weekly Sportive on Sunday (October 9), taking in a selection of Surrey’s finest roads and climbs.

Each of the three routes started and finished in Dorking, commencing with a climb of Box Hill – scene of the London 2012 Olympic Games road race. The longer 77 and 101-mile circuits also included Leith Hill, Pitch Hill and White Down.

Feedback from riders has been immensely positive, and Cycling Weekly is hoping to repeat the event next year. Watch this space.

A huge thank you goes to everyone who took part and to UK Cycling Events for doing all the hard work in putting the event on.

Cycling Weekly sportive: Your feedback
“Thanks for putting on a brilliant event, you made everything look so easy, from signing on, friendly faces, great course, signs were easy to read, food stops perfect, all in all 10/10, will see you all again later this year and after” John Baldwin, comment on CW website

“Fantastic sportive. Signing on was effortless, course was challenging, road signs easy to follow, feed stations were superb” Angie Rowthorn, comment on CW website

“Brilliant sportive yesterday! Can’t walk am struggling to stay awake at work but worth every agonising bit of Whitedown :0)” Sarah Cashman, Twitter

“What a Great Event, thank you! Can we make this an annual event please?” Steve Wields, Twitter

“Missed out on gold by 37 seconds yesterday 🙁 thanks to @cyclingweekly for an excellent ride though, look forward to the next one” Matt Featherstone, Twitter 

“Recovering from the @cyclingweekly sportive in Surrey. 80 of the hardest miles I have covered. Great organisation and route” Brian Browne, Twitter 

Cycling Weekly sportive: video

Click ‘play’ to watch highlights of the 2011 Cycling Weekly sportive

Related links

Provisional results sheet (PDF)

Come and ride the Cycling Weekly sportive

Editor’s blog: Cycling Weekly sportive

External link
UK Cycling Events
Cycling Weekly Sportive photos on www.sportivephoto.com

  • Dennis Ong

    It was my first ever sportive and it was an amazing experience. i would say it was one of the hardest experience I ever had but one that is definitely memorable. the hill climbs are not the most pleasant but views are stunning and it made all the hardship worth it. I will definitely do this again.

  • Alex Warren

    Paul uz’ve got hills in Cornwall too me handsome

  • Donna Hopper

    Brilliant sportive, challenging in places but overall thoroughly enjoyed it. Great signage, no body should have got lost on this one.
    Only one downfall, as I signed on on the day my results aren’t on the results sheet! Shame.

  • Paul Lingwood

    Great that the Cycling Weekly sportive was such a success – any chance that you might organise one next year north of Birmingham where the real hills start?

  • Steven Perryman

    Am I going mad or was Box Hill near the end? Either that or I went the wrong way!