This early season sportive is designed to blow away the cobwebs of winter and with a few testing climbs to prime the body for longer rides as the weather starts to improve. As the name Surrey Cyclone suggests, the routes twist and turn through the lanes of Surrey, round and round, back and forth and the Epic distance ticks off some serious ascents as it ventures into the wonderful Surrey Hills.
All three rides start with a shock as they head skywards after just 10 kilometres with the twin-pronged, yet short climb of Hascombe Hill. Following this rude awakening, they rise and fall continuously all the way to Loxford where the Standard and Epic routes split on their way to the Surrey Hills. Those on the Standard route will just skirt the edge of the ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ as it heads into Cranleigh but the Epic route plunges right into their heart.
Climbing up through the quiet leafy lanes there is a whole load of altitude to be gained into Holmbury St Mary, through Farley Green and finally up to the highpoint of the day Alderbrook Road. This twisting, steep and narrow road is a classic Surrey Hills climb, hidden under a permanent canopy of branches which will ensure you’ve worked hard for your post-ride refreshments back at the HQ.
Coming right at the end of the Epic route this climb lies in wait to finish off your sore legs. Not as hard as its neighbour Barhatch Lane it’s still pretty tough and really starts to kick up once you pass its 1-in-7 warning sign. Twisting through the woods, this narrow path, trapped at the base of the high banks either side is a quintessential Surrey Hills climb which will need serious grunt to tackle.
If you base yourself in Cranleigh you have the choice of heading south towards Horsham or Billingshurst for a gentle rolling ride or north to further explore the tangle of ascents that form the Surrey Hills. Home to famous climbs such as Barhatch Lane, White Down and of course Leith Hill it’s like riding a tarmac rollercoaster. If you are feeling particularly energetic and really want the full Surrey Hills experience then why not have a crack at the Leith Hill Octopus. Devised many years ago this challenge involves riding up to Surrey’s highest point from eight different start points in a day, gaining an impressive 2300 metres of elevation. You can download a route here https://www.strava.com/routes/15060318.
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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.
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Route distances and elevations are approximate and subject to change. Changes can be due to road closures or for safety reasons. Any changes will be kept to a minimum where possible.