Hell of the Ashdown sportive gets even tougher for 2017

Extra climb and a few more kilometres for the early season event

Kidd's Hill is one of the major tests from the Hell of the Ashdown Forest

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

Taking place in mid-February with the constant threat of ice and even snow, the Hell of the Ashdown has a reputation for being one of the toughest events on the British sportive calendar. And for 2017, its organisers have made it just a little bit tougher.

Setting off from south London and taking in the Ashdown Forest in the High Weald AONB in Kent, the route has been lengthened by a few kilometres to 107km, and been supplemented with another climb.

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.