20 Classic Sportive Rides in South East England
Graded routes on cycle-friendly roads between Kent, Oxford and the New Forest
By Colin Dennis
This guidebook offers 20 sportive routes in the most challenging and scenic cycling areas of south east England. From the Surrey and Chiltern Hills to the New Forest and Berkshire Downs, the area boasts miles of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. The graded routes are all on quiet country roads and can be mixed and matched.
SeasonsFrom early winter starts to lazy summer evening rides, all the routes in this guide book are perfect as part of your year-round training regime.
CentresSevenoaks, Maidstone, Brighton, Reading, Windsor, High Wycombe, Portsmouth, Southampton, Basingstoke, Newbury, Eastbourne, Fleet, Reigate, Dorking, Redhill, Brockenhurst, Marlow, Theale, Hungerford, Oxford.
DifficultySportive cyclists of all levels of fitness and ability will benefit from a mix of flat, cadence training specific rides to unforgiving lung-bursting routes where climbing is the name of the game. Check out the hill grades to each ride and choose the route on which you want to train. Don't forget to mix-and-match your routes for variation of training.
Must See20 cycle sportive training rides that cover the most challenging and scenic areas of the Southeast of England: The New Forest, North and South Downs, the High Weald, Surrey Hills, Chiltern Hills and the Berkshire Downs all have mile upon mile of cycle friendly roads on which to train for your favourite cycle sportive event.
This guidebook offers 20 sportive cycling routes in the best cycling areas of south east England. The training rides range between 60 and 117km (37 to 73 miles) in length, and offer a wide range of challenge, from flat routes for pacing training, to tough, hilly routes to climb.
The 20 sportive routes are found in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, a collection from near Oxford down to the south coast by Bournemouth and Portsmouth.
From the Surrey and Chiltern Hills to the New Forest and South Downs, there are miles of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. All 20 routes are graded for difficulty and include timings, ascent, food-stops and access information, as well as annotated route maps and clear route descriptions.
Sportive cycling is a growing sport, and this guide provides routes for experienced riders and those new to this sport. Useful information on bike maintenance and equipment, to travelling around the areas with your bike and advice on accommodation is also included. The result is a sportive guidebook that will prepare you for the challenges ahead, and allow you to explore the best cycling the south-east has to offer.
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Colin Dennis has been riding bikes of one sort or another for longer than he dares to remember. His passion for road and off-road cycling has taken him all over the UK and continental Europe, both leading expeditions and for personal pleasure. Plotting, planning and escaping to new locations are pastimes that have driven him for many years, and working as both freelance copywriter and cycle guide provides a happy balance at home and work. Colin is never happier than when he’s struggling up a steep climb behind a group, usually covered in mud, but as long as there’s a warm tea shop involved – everything’s possible.View author profile
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