Posted Thursday 28th June 2012 –
If you live and ride in south, and the weather has kept you off your bike more than usual this year, then the arrival some sunshine and warmth at last should be all the excuse you need to get out in the saddle. And Southern Sportive’s regular appointment with the North Downs in Reigate this Sunday (1st July), is the ideal ride, whether you’re feeling sharp or not.
The Reigate Sportive avoids many of the usual suspects that feature on North Downs courses, instead stretching out east into the incredibly beautiful Weald of Kent to form a picture perfect English summer ride. The landscape gets hillier the further you get from base, meaning that the route choices don’t just progress in distance, but in difficulty too. So the Short and Mid routes (86 and 101km respectively) are relatively forgiving, rolling excursions through the exquisite scenery, with the Mid getting lumpy in the middle, while the Full (135km) route packs a meaty punch in it’s middle third, with a closely packed series of gradients winding up to 17%.
Whichever route you choose, you’ll get the full force of Southern Sportive’s organisation and support, which has kept them at the top of the game for 20 years. Excellent route marking and support stations will keep you going, and there is on the line timing and catering ready for you back at the finish. All the essentials you want from a sportive at some of the best value entry prices around.
Advance booking closes at 5pm today (Thursday 28th), but entry on the day will also be available. Registration opens at the event centre at 8am on Sunday.
You can find full details at southernsportive.com