Thinking about tackling something new in 2019? Sportives may prove to be your thing and here are some of the best local events coming up over the next 6 months...
Hell of the Ashdown Sun, 17th Feb 2019
Darwin Leisure Centre, Jail Lane, Biggin Hill, Kent, TN16 3AU
105km hilly sportive from Biggin Hill down to the Ashdown Forest and back, some say it is 66.6 miles, 1900m of climbing.
Food and changing facilities are available at the start/finish HQ.
Stuff can be left at the HQ but at the owners own risk.
Limited car parking is available on site and two other sites and on road but please use public transport or car share if possible.
Kentish Killer 2019 Sunday, 03 Mar 2019
Brands Hatch Motor Racing Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NG
Entries open on Sunday 4th November 2018 at 6pm and will sell out rapidly. All details can be found on the event website.
The Kentish Killer is rated as a 'Must Do' Sportive by Cycling Weekly and does not disappoint, receiving excellent post-event reviews from the press and riders alike.
For 2019, we will again provide cyclists with a great experience backed by superb organisation, entry has been held at the low cost of just £25. We also recommend a voluntary donation to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust (Registered Charity No. 1021367), a charity that relies entirely on donations. Their team of helpers will be out in force for the event!
The Kentish Killer is limited to 1100 riders with 900 riders on the Long Route and 200 on the Short Route.
The entry fee is £25 including transaction charges.
The VO2 Sportive Sun, 17th Mar 2019
The Walled Garden, Noble Tree Road, Hildenborough, Kent, TN11 8ND
The VO2 Sportive has become a must do sportive in the South East to kick start the season.
The course for the 11th edition takes in the classic climbs of the Kent and Sussex roads inclunding, Shipbourne Hill, Ide Hill, Groombridge Hill and Hubbards Hill.
70km - 4/5
115km - 5/5
The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Sunday, 24 Mar 2019
The Burgess Hill Academy, Burgess Hill, West Sussex, RH15 9EA
This event is not to be missed as it's probably one of the most popular sportives held in Sussex in March.
There are 3 great routes on the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive
Classic route 72 miles
Challenge route 54 miles
Tour route 36 miles
Free goodies from Continental Tyres and Secret Training as well food and drink after the event is available making this a fun event to take part in with your friends.
There's some great feed stations around the routes just to make sure you don't run out of energy. .
All routes pass through the scenic roads of Ashdown Forest and all routes tackle the short but steep challenge of Cob Lane Hill.
Now in its 12th year the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic is a popular event for riders to test their fitness levels on the bike. All riders are electronically timed with Bronze Silver Gold standards awarded with a certificate.
Free parking is available at this event.
If you have British Cycling membership, enter via the red "Enter Online" button below to get your members discount rate and save £8. Hurry this offer has a limited time that it is available.
Go to the SRS Events website to find out more about this great early season cycling event.
Sean Yates Spring Classic 2019, Sunday, 14 Apr 2019
The Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux Castle, Wartling Road, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 1RN
This early season leg warmer starts at the Observatory Science Centre, Herstmonceux and offers two distances, the Epic at 102km or the Challenge at 66km. Through the Sussex High Weald and the Ashdown Forest, undulating country lanes with very little traffic, these rides challenge you to take on some of the finest climbs that East Sussex has to offer.
Cycle Horsmonden, 28 April
Horsmonden, Tonbridge TN12 8HT
In aid of Walking with the Wounded and sponsored by Artemis, this popular bike ride consists of 3 cycle routes (75, 50 or 25 miles) through the Kent countryside.
WWTW was established in 2010 to fund the re-training and re-education of our servicemen and women, both veterans and those leaving The Armed Forces today. They finance new qualifications, education and training programmes for those who are injured, to help with their career transition. This enables the blind, the burn victims, the mentally injured, the amputees and all the other wounded to rebuild their lives and to return to the work place. We owe these young men and women so much for what they have done in our name and for our country. With your kind donations WWTW can help to repay them with working to ensure that they each have a bright and fulfilling future for themselves and their families. Thank you for your support.
£30 registration donation. Any further donations for this worthwhile cause will be gratefully received.
For further info please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
WWTW webiste: https://walkingwiththewounded.org.uk/
Should you wish to purchase a WWTW Cycling Top then please click on the link below. Please note that this will take you to a different website.
Castle Ride 100, 12 May
Tonbridge Castle TN9 1BG
Tonbridge Castle is the setting for the Castle Ride 100 charity cycling sportive that will see over 800 cyclists depart from the castle grounds. The Kent countryside serves up a mixture of quiet villages and beautiful scenery as you meander along quiet lanes. Expect some tough climbs on this charity bike ride as you pedal through the challenging North Downs - the views are spectacular and well worth the effort.
All four routes offer challenging hills, rewarding views and plentiful feed stops making it a cracking event whichever distance you choose!
Enjoy a great day in the saddle with the Action Medical Research team on this cycling event with first class support throughout the day. Help us raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.”
Aldington Sportive 2019, Sunday, 19 May 2019
Aldington Primary School, Roman Road, Aldington, Ashford, Kent, TN25 7EE
The route follows a figure of 8 with the start, food station and finish all at the school. Therefore you can decide if you will ride the full route or just half.
This route will take you on a tour of the marsh then climbing into a nice undulating route across towards Tenterden before bringing you back across country to Aldington for the halfway feed station.
Make sure you fuel up as the second half of the route is much more hilly. You will now head out towards Canterbury and take in some significant climbs up onto the tops of the Devils Kneading Trough before making your way across to Stelling Minnis and back down past Farthing Common (part of the Tour de France route) and then home to Aldington.
This route offers some of the best views in Kent.
Cycle 4 Heroes 2019, Saturday, 29 Jun 2019
Mid Kent College, Medway Road, Gillingham, ME7 1FN
A 50 mile sportive held on Armed Forces Day. The aim of the ride is to celebrate our Armed Forces past and present and at the same time raise funds for Help for Heroes.
A great day in the saddle awaits, with narrow country lanes and a few challenging climbs. The ride is fully supported with motorcycle marshals, medical cover and feed station. At the finish of the ride a well deserved medal awaits all participants