Save the best for last

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

Robert Garbutt is editor of Cycling Weekly