Rider entries are still open for the 2013 edition of the classic Circuit of Kent cyclo-sportive, one of the first sportives in the UK.
Now in its 16th year, the Circuit of Kent on Sunday, September 8, features two picturesque routes around the Garden of England – 80km (approx 50 miles) and 130km (approx 81 miles). The event was the first to offer gold, silver and bronze finishing time standards based on age and gender.
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Both routes start at Godden Green near Sevenoaks, and take in the hills and idyllic scenery that is typical of the area: oast houses, pretty villages and fields of trees bursting with ripe fruit.
Finishers can then expect to be treated to music from a live band and a dazzling array of post-ride food, both hot and cold.
This year the organiser, Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club, has introduced a corporate team entry scheme to encourage riders to take to the roads with their workmates and raise money for charity. They can agree to raise £100 sponsorship (silver) or £200 sponsorship (gold) and receive a ‘Circuit of Kent’ race jersey complete with the name of their company, plus other benefits.
Each year so far the ride has raised £20,000-£30,000 of funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice in the Weald. That’s £400,000 in total.
Entry to the event costs £30.
For more information on the ride, including route map and online entry, visit www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk.