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Set the scene for a great cycling season by taking on the Cycling Weekly Surrey Hills Cyclone sportive, placing itself on the calendar just in time to put your winter training to the test on some of Surrey and Sussex’s most challenging climbing roads.
Kicking off the action in Dorking, the route gives you easy access to some of the south of England’s most iconic climbs, and straight after you roll over the start line you’ll be on the back foot against an uphill gradient.
This ride will take you within sight of the Box Hill zig-zag roads, but instead opts for the Surrey Hills in the surrounding area to give you your climbing fix. The first climb of the day, after a gentle warm-up leading on from the start point, will take you up to the top of Ranmore via Westhumble as you enter the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, eventually heading west away from Dorking.
After passing through Albury, you’ll be able to tick off a few easy miles before taking on the fearsome Barhatch Lane climb, which is brief but gets steep very quickly! Don’t underestimate this physical test and you should reach the top with fair exertion.
With the worst of the Surrey Hills dealt with – for now – it’s out towards West Sussex as the miles will add up on the quiet and scenic back roads. Once you’ve reached Roundstreet Common it’s time to head back north and the infamous Whitedowns climb waits for you at the end of the route.
The killer climb is a sucker punch with so many miles in your legs, and can reach as steep as 20% in places, but despatch this and you’re free to roll towards the finish line to complete this early-season sportive – making most others in the ensuing months feel like a breeze in comparison!
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