Petersfield, Hampshire (South Downs)

The Original South Downs Sportive – since 2006

The Southern Sportive  returns with a new date and a fantastic new course; and with 4 routes to choose from, the event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities.

Whether you’re a hardened Sportive rider  or first time charity cyclist, you’ll find the  perfect challenge in the Southern Sportive! 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.

For 2019, we have reworked a completely new course, keeping all the best aspects of the classic Southern Sportive and reworking them into choice of routes that give a better, more focused top quality ride. The four route options are categorised by distance and number of hills, and each is designed to give you proper cycling challenge at your level. From the 45km Family route with three categorised climbs on route to challenge you, to the full 120km route with eight major hills standing between you and the finish!

All this comes with full support from our team. You’ll get comprehensive route marking to follow, maps and GPS files, feed & support stations, support vehicle back up, rider timing, catering, finishers medals and more!

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 an unmissable event.

June

 

28

 

2020

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Short Route

kilometres

3 Hills

  • 476 Metres of Climbing

Short Route

kilometres

5 Hills

  • 775 Metres of Climbing

Mid Route

kilometres

6 Hills

  • 1063 Metres of Climbing

Full Route

kilometres

8 Hills

  • 1357 Metres of Climbing

Venue

Churchers College
Ramshill
Petersfield
GU31 4AS

Start Time

Registration – 8:15am

Ride Start – 8:45am

Finish Time

Event Centre closes 4:30pm
Route profile

Event Route Map

View the routes in a Google Map (includes hill stats)

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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.
Registration
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!)

 

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