Date and starting time:
Sun 18/03/2018, 15:27
The 2018 Springtime Classic Cyclosportive event has it all. It really is the must-do cycling event to test your early season fitness on the bike.
There are three routes to choose from and you can change which route you do on the day
Classic route 72 miles
Challenge route 54 miles
Tour route 36 miles
We urge you to enter as soon as possible & to take advantage group entry discount.
The routes set out on some lovely roads around Sussex, traveling over the stunning wooded areas of Ashdown Forest. If you are doing the Classic route at 71 miles the route travels into parts of Kent and Surrey. There are five notable hilly sections on the routes with the main hills and descents being:-
Pillow Mounds Hill.
First, you have to cross a ford before stating this first real test on the Springtime Classic.
Know locally as the WALL this hill is a sit in the saddle type of hill and grovel for most riders.
Now renamed the Col du Groombridge only the Classic Route riders tackle this hill. It has no run-up and should be given respect if you want to save some energy in your legs for the rest of the ride.
Cob Lane Hill
The infamous Cob Lane Hill with its 20% gradient is a cycling shoe cleat wrecker as many are forced to walk this part of the course with its extra gravity.
We recommend that riders save some energy and strength in the legs for this hill as you don't want to walk the walk of shame. Cob Lane is a regular place for the official event photographers Avelo Images to take a picture of you enjoying the event!
The final set of really testing hills are the Ardingly reservoir hills near Balcombe which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the fracking Industry which is looking for shale gas in the area. Hopefully, your legs won't be to fracked by the time you get to these hills. A feed station in Ardingly just before these hills should help.
There are some great descents on the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive, two notable descents are:-
Colemans Hatch Road
This descent is probably the most scenic on route traveling through Ashdown Forest it has some great views of the surrounding countryside.
Blackdown Hill Road
This road goes down for 3 miles before an incline and then another drop of about a mile or more. It's a lovely descent and surrounded by some lovely parts of Ashdown Forest. It takes fast riders over 9 min to descend. It's a real treat and a great chance to take a drink from your bidon and eat some food from your back pocket to make ready and be prepared for what lies ahead.
Group discount are available for this cycling event in Sussex. Basically you enter then add your fellow riders to your entry to get a massive 20% discount for every rider you add to your entry to form your group.
There are also loyalty discount for those that have done this cycling event before.
Enter now to take advantage of these discounts.
Ride for free
Check out the charity partner offers.
You don't have to raise funds for charity to take part in this mass participant cycling event but if you raise a £100 for either the Sussex Heart Charity or Helping Rhinos you will get your entry fee returned. Easy JustGiving pages are available to raise the funds.