Petersfield (South Downs), 9th September

The Original South Downs Sportive – since 2006

The Southern Sportive is a fantastic 100 mile road challenge event that takes in the best road climbs the South Downs has to offer. And with 114k mid and 73k short options, the event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities.

The hardened Sportive or first time charity rider will find the Southern Sportive a great challenge, the classic course takes in some serious hills complimented by rolling back roads and views out along the south coast. All set in one of the prettiest parts of the UK.

The location for the event was carefully chosen to provide one of the best sportive routes in the country. In cycling terms, the South Downs are famous for the epic 100 mile South Downs Way off road ride along its length, while on the road, the best known feature is probably the Ditchling Beacon hill climb on the London to Brighton. But at it’s eastern end, the southerly drops from the downs deliver you straight into coastal towns. The best road riding on the South Downs is to be found at the Western end where a wealth of superb riding exists both north and south of the ridge, allowing for a route that bisects the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on it’s way to and from the coast. The result is a flowing route that combines challenges and rewards in equal measure, with a stunning landscape backdrop throughout.

The event base is at Churchers College in Petersfield, which sits right under the northern edge of the Downs and makes a memorable start and finish to the ride. Great road and rail connections to both London and the rest of the UK also help to make this a classic south of England event.






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Short Route


Highest Point: 235m
Lowest Point: 22m
Max. Gradient: 14%
  • 1056 Metres of Climbing

Mid Route


Highest Point: 235m
Lowest Point: 22m
Max. Gradient: 14%
  • 1635 Metres of Climbing

Full Route


Highest Point: 235m
Lowest Point: 22m
Max. Gradient: 14%
  • 2388 Metres of Climbing


Churchers College
GU31 4AS

Start Time

8:30am – 9:30am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:30pm
Route profile
*Final routes may change; check rider information before the event and on the day.

Ride Target Times

Band A = (Male 18-39)

Band B = (Male 40+, Female 18-39, Male U18)

Band C  = (Female 40-49, Female U18, Male 50+)

Band D = (Female 50+)

Band A (Male 18-39)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=27.36km/h (17.00mph) 5h 55m 4h 10m 2h 40m
Silver=24.54km/h (15.25mph) 6h 36m 4h 38m 2h 58m
Bronze=22.13km/h (13.75mph) 7h 19m 5h 09m 3h 17m

Band B (Male 40+, Female 18-39, Male U18)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=25.99km/h (16.15mph) 6h 13m 4h 22m 2h 48m
Silver=23.32km/h (14.49mph) 6h 55m 4h 02m 3h 07m
Bronze=21.02km/h (13.06mph) 7h 41m 5h 24m 3h 27m

Band C (Female 40-49, Female U18, Male 50+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold = 24.62km/h (15.30mph) 6h 30m 4h 35m 2h 56m
Silver=22.09km/h (13.73mph) 7h 15m 5h 06m 3h 16m
Bronze=19.92km/h (12.38mph) 8h 03m 5h 40m 3h 37m

Band D (Female 50+)

Full Route Mid Route Short Route
Gold=23.26km/h (14.45mph) 6h 48m 4h 47m 3h 04m
Silver=20.86km/h (12.96mph) 7h 35m 5h 20m 3h 25m
Bronze=18.81km/h (11.69mph) 8h 25m 5h 55m 3h 47m

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Event Logistics

On the Ride
Once you’re ready to start, report to the start / finish area with your timing chap strapped to your ankle. Listen to the short briefing and ride across the timing mat as directed. As you go around the route, you will find bright orange signs and ribbons to follow. At route divide points, you will find yellow signs showing you which way to go to follow the Full, Mid or Short routes. These should guide you around the whole route, but use your map if you think you have strayed off course or have a problem with the route navigation. There are also emergency contact numbers on the edge of your map. Ride safely at all times, and remember that you are on public rights of way and roads. This is not a race, so please ride appropriately, and be friendly and polite to other road users. At the end of the ride, pass over the timing mat once again, and hand in your timing chip. For those interested in there ride time, these will be available on the computer screen at the finish.
Checkpoints / Feed Stations
There will be between one and three manned support stations on your route (depending on your distance option). Look out ofr the yellow and black “Checkpoint” flag as you arrive. Please slow as you approach support staions, as other riders may be pulling out back onto the road.

At these checkpoints, you will be able to top up on food, water and energy mix. Our team will also be on hand to help you with mechanical and other support issues. Some checkpoints may feature a mid ride timing mat – please look for the “Timing Point” sign as you arive at the checkpoint and pass over the mat as instructed. Passing through these points helps us to run and time the event more effeciently, so please do use them as directed by our team.

Entry on the Day
You can enter the event on the day, although there is a small surcharge of £5 (so pre entering is recommended). Just arrive before the end of the registration period and pay at the desk.
Go to the registration desk on your arrival. If you’ve pre-entered via the internet or posted your entry, you’ll have a timing chip on an ankle strap to collect at the desk. If you haven’t pre-entered, pay at the desk and a chip will be allocated to you. Collect your colour A4 map at registration also. Next, get yourself ready to ride.
Following the Route
Follow the orange signs and orange ribbons (you will shown samples of these at the ride briefing) regardless of which route distance you are riding. Everybody follows orange. At route divide points, you will see a set of yellow signs, with “Full Route”, “Mid Route” or “Short Route” written on them, pointing in different directions. At this point, follow the right sign for the route you are riding. Once you get beyond the route divide point, you will start following orange signs and ribbons again.

(Please note, in spite of our best efforts, signs can go missing or be tampered with during the course of the day. Make sure you pick up a copy of the route map at event registration, and carry it with you for use if needed. We also send out GPS files to all pre entries prior to the event, so if oyu want ot have the route on your phone or GPS device, sign up online now!)

Food and Drink
Hot and cold food and drink and snacks will be available to purchase from the event centre before and after the ride. (Including our ever popular home made chilli!)