Posted Wednesday 14th August 2013 –
Entries for the 2014 Burgess Hill Classic open today with early bird entry discounts available for the first 300 riders to register before the 1st January. The Springtime Classic is the opening event The SRS Events 2014 season having been run for over 7 years and is a great opportunity to test your early season fitness with some notable hills featuring on all three routes options.
The Route options available to choose from are –
The Classic Route at 71 miles –
The Classic is the hardest and longest of the three rides on the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive. An excellent event to prepare for the cycling season ahead. The course is hard for this time of the year and should only be attempted by experienced cyclists able to ride for four or more hours over hilly terrain.
With a distance of 71 miles (114km) and 1653 metres of climbing the route will test riders climbing ability and endurance. There are three feed stations on this ride to help riders around the course which has many hills like Pillow Mounds Hill, Kidds Hill, Groombridge hill and the infamous Cobb Lane hill. Riders will also have the chance to relish the many descents this testing course offers.
The Challenge Route at 53 miles –
The Spring Challenge ride follows the route of the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive but takes a detour to avoid the hardest of the hills of our Classic route. This detour reduces the distance of the Springtime Challenge ride to 53 miles (85.8km). This is a 53 mile (85.8km) sporting course with 1193 meters of climbing that will challenge your fitness and determination.
It’s a good event to do to get into condition for future summer cyclosportives. This route is achievable for most club standard cyclists, but needs work as it passes through some tough terrain and some tough climbs such as Pillow Mounds Hill and Kidds Hill which is know locally amongst the cycling fraternity as “The Wall”, oh and yes and there is also the infamous short but steep Cobb Lane Hill on the Challenge Route as well. With the scenic rolling roads of Ashdown Forest we feel sure you’ll enjoy this ride.
The Tour Route at 35 miles-
The Tour ride is the shortest ride of the Springtime Classic at 35 miles. although short in miles, this is still a good test for beginners and those who are coming back to full fitness.