Pre-entry closes on Wednesday, March 26 at 3pm, for the 2014 Cycling Weekly Surrey Hills Cyclone Sportive, taking place on Sunday, March 30.
Starting at Friends Life, Dorking, the ride takes in some of Surrey’s finest villages, countryside and hills and offers a fantastic spring challenge to set the scene for your cycling year.
The full-blown 86 Mile Epic route delves deep into Surrey and will provide a robust challenge for any rider. The standard route is no less challenging at 60 Miles and still includes all of the major climbs. The 28 Mile Short route incorporates the best of the area in a compact package.
All routes are suitable for a wide range of riders. Although the hills are testing, any rider with a reasonable level of fitness and preparation will conquer them.
The longest of the three routes includes some of the south of England’s most iconic climbs. After a five-mile warm-up out to Cobham, the scenery opens up into lush countryside. The first major climb comes when the route hits Coombe Bottom. Then it’s down through the stunning village of Shere and up through Winterfold. The central section offers a 34-mile respite from climbing, as it hits the Low Weald between the North and South Downs on to Dunsfold. Then it’s north and on to the third major climb of the day, up Surrey’s highest point, Leith Hill. That should warm up the riders for the big one – White Down. This 20 per cent ascent will test your climbing ability alongside the next quality climb up Headley Heath (Back of Box Hill).
Including all of the climbs of the Epic route, the Standard route will be a popular choice among riders. After leaving the start at Epsom, the loop takes you south towards Cobham and then on to the North Downs and the first climb of the day at Coombe Bottom. From there, it’s down through Cranleigh via the appropriately named Hurt Wood and onto the home of the Top Gear test track, Dunsfold. It’s here that the Standard route splits off from the Epic, with a loop back north and to the triple challenge of Leith Hill, White Down. This 20 per cent ascent will test your climbing ability alongside the next quality climb up Headley Heath (Back of Box Hill).
Despite missing out a considerable chunk of the longer routes, the Short loop still provides a challenge through Surrey’s outstanding scenery. The Route also includes 2 quality climbs of Headley Heath (Back of Box Hill).
Location: Friends Life, Dorking, Pixham End, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1QA
Start time: 7.30am – 9am
What else is included?
- Finishing medal
- Event centre facilities and parking
- Mechanical Support
- Full Route Marking
- Rider public liability insurance
- Free energy drink + energy snacks
- Electronic chip timing
- Bike wash facilities
- Web results service
- Emergency support
- On site catering
Event photography by www.sportivephoto.com