Orro Sussex Downs Classic
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Orro Sussex Downs Classic

Saturday 7th September 2019

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Event Venue: The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, BN6 9HS

Includes the closed road Kidd's Hill climb - prizes for the KOM and QOM on the day!

The Orro Sussex Downs Classic offers a pretty and scenic bike ride around the less travelled West Sussex countryside, dashing between the small country villages. Enjoy the route as it takes you through the winding lanes in the High Weald AONB.

Short route - After climbs and descents of the High Wealds, you’ll enjoy cycling through the quaint towns and villages of Copsale, Maplehurst, Partridge Green and Shermanbury. As you hit the back roads, look out for the various wildlife including huge Kites, deer and smaller creatures of the countryside.

Standard route - On top of the short route, you’ll have the climbs into the South Downs National Park around Ditching and Plumpton, including Ditchling Beacon, before hitting the High Wealds, to charge up and down the beautiful Ardingly Resivour. Views from here can let you see over the south coast towns to the coast and even more of the South Downs National Park.

Epic route - Enjoy all the standard route has to offer as well as an extra loop of fun descents and long, but rewarding climbs in the heart of the High Wealds. The views from this area are amazing as you cycling around the High Wealds and enjoy the beauty of Hindleap Warren Forest. On this loop, around Newbridge, is where you will also tackle the climb up Kidds Hill on closed roads. At 1.5km in distance, an average gradient of 8.4% (maxing out at around 13%) and elevation of 127 meters, it is sure to test your stamina.

Key Climbs

Ditchling Beacon - Riders on both the Standard and Epic routes will be cycling up Ditchling Beacon - a very popular climb with cyclists, sited within the beautiful South Downs. It features as part of the annual London to Brighton ride and is listed as climb number 22 in the official 100 climbs. The climb is about 1.45km long, with a gain of 143m. The average gradient is 9% with a 16% increase at its steepest point.

Kidds Hill - Riders on the Epic route also get to cycle up Kidds Hill on a closed road. While not quite as steep as Ditchling Beacon, it is still a challenge at 1.5km long, 8.4% gradient (maxing out at around 13% at its steepest point) and 127 meters gain. It features as number 19 in the official 100 climbs and will require some stamina - remember you will have already tackled Ditchling Beacon, so conserve your energy as best as possible. The fastest riders up to the top will be awarded King and Queen of the mountain and will get a certificate and prize for their efforts.

If you want to participate in the timed climb you must make sure you sync your ride to Strava after the event as this will detect the Kidds Hill segment and post your time automatically. Alternatively, for those of you not using a dedicated GPS device, you can open Strava on your phone and make sure it is tracking your ride while you cycle up the segment.

If you want to view the segment in advance, you can find it on Strava here: Kidds Hill Segment
 

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We always welcome volunteers at our events so if you fancy joining the crew for the day and helping out, please get in touch. You will be rewarded for your efforts and will be able to choose an event to ride for free. If this particular event is fully staffed, you can always put your name down for another event. More information about volunteering can be found on our Volunteer at a Cycling Event page, along with the link to the online application form.

Route Information

Route: Epic GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 102 Miles   

   

Route: Standard GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 78 Miles   

   

Route: Short GPX VIEW ROUTE
Distance: 30 Miles   

   

Additional Information

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.

Event photography by SportivePhoto
Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions
Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

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.

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.

Event photography by SportivePhoto

SportivePhoto will be taking pictures of all riders at this event. Please visit www.sportivephoto.com once you have taken part in the event to view your photos!

Terms and Conditions

By purchasing an event entry you agree to the UK Cycling Events terms and conditions.

Terms and Conditions can be read here.

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.

What our customers say about us

  • Well organised, great routes and good support leads to excellence bike rides.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • A great day out with great staff and well planned.

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Times & Certificates

Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page

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
  • Finisher medal
  • Pick-up wagons

What else is available?