EVENT POSTPONED: UPDATED 17/03/2020
It is with great sadness that we have today made the difficult but responsible decision to postpone this event, due to the ongoing situation regarding the Coronavirus.
We have been monitoring all government recommendations and therefore based on the latest information and in the interest of staff and rider safety and putting the greater needs of the wider community at the forefront, it’s the most responsible thing to do. We ask for your patience while we evaluate the next steps in this ever-changing situation. We will aim to be in touch with you again via email within the next 72 hours regarding the ride credit, transfer or refund options available.
If you would still like to earn a medal for the New Forest Spring, you can enter our Virtual Challenge where you need to cycle 100-miles (Epic route distance) indoors or out and send us proof of completion. More information can be found here: New Forest Spring 100-mile virtual challenge
Discover the beauty of spring in the New Forest. Starting from the grounds of the splendid Somerley House estate, The New Forest Spring Sportive offers three stunning Hampshire routes, catering for all abilities of cyclist. Whilst the short route is perfect for those new to cycling sportives, the epic and standard routes offer the more experienced rider a great early season challenge.
Now in its 11th year, the New Forest Spring Sportive is one of our most popular events and has become a welcome start-of-season test for many cyclists. Offering more than just the ride, you and your family can enjoy fun activities, great food, beer and music.
As you ride and take in the views of the rolling scenery, there will be a number of hills to challenge your legs – plus a test to come near the end – with short and sharp climbs popping up every now and again to keep you on your toes. Beautiful New Forest villages of Sway, Beaulieu and Lepe are passed through before you head north and back into the centre of the district.
Quickly in and out of Lyndhurst at the halfway point, you’ll soon take on the events major climb of the day, just outside Nomansland. It’s steep, but fairly short, so you should be able to dispose of this quickly and continue on your way. From here, it’s downhill all the way – with one spiky hill exception around Stuckton and the final feed stop – as you roll back around the edges of the Forest, towards Ringwood, and claim your medal at the finish line.
The New Forest Spring runs on both a Saturday and Sunday, due to its popularity, and offers far more than just a ride. When you return from your scenic journey through Hampshire’s finest forest, you can choose from a selection of options in our food village, grab a post-ride pint from the beer tent and chill in the sunshine listening to great tunes from the band.
This event caters for everyone and is the perfect place to bring the whole family, so why not make a weekend of it?
This is a very popular event and has sold out quickly in previous years. Tickets are limited.
You are currently viewing the Saturday event. If you wish to enter the Sunday event, please visit here: New Forest Spring Sunday
- Route: Epic
- Distance: 80 Miles
- Route: Standard
- Distance: 66 Miles
- Route: Short
- Distance: 30 Miles
We ask all riders to read and observe the New Forest Cycling Code: www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/cycling-code
Please take the time to watch our video containing some simple guidelines about cycling through the New Forest.
Please note that no dogs are allowed at the event venue.
What else is included?
What else is included?
- Facilities and parking
- Mechanical support
- Medical support
- Full route marking
- 3rd Party Rider public liability insurance
- Feed Stops
- Energy food and drink
- Electronic chip timing
- Online results
- Online certificates
- Bespoke Finisher medal
- Finisher gifts
- Pick-up wagons
What else is available?
- Recovery zone
- Massage from Six Physio
- Event village
- Food and Drink
- Live music
- Kids activities
- Photos by SportivePhoto
- MORE INFO ABOUT OUR EVENTS
*Under 16 admin fee
*Under 16 admin fee
We want to encourage young riders to enjoy the pleasure of cycling. That's why all riders under 16 years old only have to pay a small fee to cover the entry process. All under 16 riders must be accompanied by a paying adult. Valid ID will be requested on the day.
Times and Awards
Times and Awards
Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.
What our customers say about us
Superb organisation and in ride support. The New Forest event was the best-organised event I completed in 2019
Brilliantly organised event! I'm very new to cycling and did this event on my own but still chatted to lots of people and had a great day! Would definitely recommend UKCE to everyone! To top it off it was a lovely warm day in the beautiful New Forest! Excellent
Well organised, great routes and good support leads to excellence bike rides.
well organised event. The new forest route was stunning with beautiful wild life on the way
I went on the Box Hill sportive. It was a very well organized event, with marshals at the busiest junctions and signage at every junction, plus feed stations. There was a proper start/finish line with chip timing. The route was downloadable in advance as a .gpx file. Very nice scenery in the surrey hills area of outstanding natural beauty.
Did the Watt Bike 40 mile Sportive today, had a lovely time. Great route on quiet roads with challenging hills, all well signposted and a lovely atmosphere. The marshalls & staff deserve a special thank you for standing out for hours in truly gruesome weather. The feed station was well stocked with all needs catered for, the bike wash stocked up with Muc-off products and the soup at the end were the icing on the cake. Southwell racecourse had brilliant facilities. Shame about the weather being freezing cold & sooo wet but totally worth it, had a lot of fun. Thank you to all involved.
A great day out with great staff and well planned.
I would just like to say a big thank you to all the marshals and support mechanics on the Wattbike Falkirk Ride on Sunday; the guys were absolutely amazing. We had several issues en route including punctures, cramps, a crash and ever-decreasing morale, but these guys supported us right to the bitter end and got us through the epic course. I have never attended such a well-organised event; even the signage was spot on. So well done and thank you!
Had one amazing experience. My first 100 miles on the bike in amazing route, friendly staff. Really recommend UK cycling events. Can not wait for the next one.
Just completed the Eye up in Rippon the Standard absolutely brilliant well organised and good signage. Have done a few e events this year. 2020 I will be in my 80th year so looking forward to taking part in UK Cycling Events.