Entries are still open for the 2011 Circuit of Kent, one of the UK’s longest-running cyclo-sportives that this year takes place on Sunday, September 11.
Two distances are available: 80km or 130km. Both start and finish at Sevenoaks Prep School, Godden Green, Sevenoaks. Registration starts from 7am, with riders heading off between 9-9.30am. All riders are electronically timed, and awards are given for those reaching gold, silver or bronze standard times.
One of the most attractive features of the ride – aside from the beautiful rolling Kent countryside in early autumn and impeccable organisation – is the post-ride lunch. A deep-filled baguette, hot soup, and a dazzling array of cakes, accompanied by a live band, is part of the entry fee.
Wildside Cycle Centre will provide mechanical assistance during the event, and will have a stand in the start area stocked with various cycling accessories.
The rolling route is well waymarked, marshalled and includes feed stations en route. Watch out for the final climb up One Tree Hill, the sting in the tail of the ride.
Profits go to several charities, including Hospice in the Weald and Macmillan Cancer Support. Over £300,000 has been raised by the event for these charities so far.
Registration for the 2011 Circuit of Kent costs £30, and can either be done on the official website or by contacting event organiser Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01959 522148.
Circuit of Kent website
Circuit of Kent 2009: Cycling Weekly review