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Close to London Sportives early 2009

fidbodfidbod Posts: 317
Bonjour all,

with the hell of ashdown closed for further entries, I am trying to put together a list of sportives close to london for pre-season training. My meagre efforts so far have found this.

WKRC reliability 11th Jan

Evans cycles tri and ride from sandown park on the 9th Feb.

please add any other rides you know of.


  • BronzieBronzie Posts: 4,927
    Have a look at the Chiltern Classics reliability rides series from late Jan to early March:
  • I've heard that the people who ran the Burgess Hill Rumble are organizing an event around March-time.

    Last year it was very well run and apart from the heavy and constant rain it was an excellent day.

    I dunno if you consider this close ot London, however, you can a train down easily as it's on the Brighton mianline.
  • hayesuhayesu Posts: 138
    If you missed out on the Hell of the Ashdown, you should do a very similar ride on Sunday 8th February 2009 - the Old Portlians Reliability Ride. 100Km and 68Km over hilly Kent countryside. It starts at Halstead Village Hall, Halstead, Kent at 9am. Sydenham Wheelers also organise a reliability ride and try Googling Invicta Grimpeur for details of a hilly ride in March.
    Bigfoot based at Bromley in Kent are out every Saturday morning at 8.15 for 40 and 50+ miles training runs into the Kent/Surrey countryside.
  • Try the Twickenham CC Surrey Rumble leaving from Cobham on 1st March...
    17 years commuting up and down the King\'s Road and i still don\'t get faster...
  • I'll be doing the burgess hill rumble. Should be pretty easy to get to from london fidbod as burgess hill is on the victoria brighton line.
  • SE London reliability trials, etc

    Four SE London reliabilities, plus the rebranded ‘Hell of the Ashdown’.

    January 11 2009
    West Kent Road Club
    Horton Kirby Cricket Club, Franks Lane, Horton Kirby, Kent.
    85km starting from 09:00 and 45km starting from 10:00
    Note: the HQ will close at 14:30 as there is another event at the venue that afternoon.
    £5.00 entry on day
    general map:
    venue map:

    January 18 2009
    CC Bexley
    Horton Kirby Cricket Club, Franks Lane, Horton Kirby, Kent.
    100km and 50km starting from 08:30
    general map:
    venue map:

    Gap weekend here to earn ‘brownie points’ with the other half before...

    February 1 2009
    Catford CC
    Charles Darwin School, Jail Lane, Biggin Hill
    108km ("Hell of the Ashdown") and 50km ("Devil's deTour") starting from 09:00hrs
    general map:
    venue map:
    Actually, this one is advance entry only and is now full

    February 8 2009
    Old Portlians CC
    Halstead Village Hall, Halstead, Kent
    100k starting from 09:00hrs and 68k starting from 09.30hrs
    general map:
    venue map:
    This one is arguably just as challenging as the Catford event the week before,
    so worth dong if you missed out on the Hell of the Ashdown.

    February 15 2009
    Sydenham Wheelers
    Knockholt Village Hall, Knockholt Pound, Kent
    110k and 70k starting from 09:00hrs
    general map:
    venue map:
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