Sussex Downs Classic
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Sussex Downs Classic

Saturday 5th September 2020

  • Standard
  • 76 miles
  • £35
  • On the day: £43
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  • Short
  • 40 miles
  • £25
  • On the day: £33
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  • Under 16
  • Any route
  • £3
  • Covers admin fee*
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Enter 4 or more riders into an event and only pay £31.50 per person
Total based on the £35 Standard route.

Sussex Downs Classic

Event Venue: Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL

Returning for its third year, The Sussex Downs Classic Sportive offers a pretty and scenic bike ride around the Sussex countryside. Enjoy the route as it takes you through the winding lanes and small country villages, with a few epic climbs and descents thrown in to test your legs. You won't be disappointed!

In this late summer season sportive, we take you on a tour of the Sussex Downs, through a plethora of tree-covered lanes, undulating terrain and some wonderful scenery in the Ashdown Forest.

Starting out at Plumpton Racecourse we start by heading northeast on some easy-going country lanes before moving on to the more testing sections of the course, passing through the many well kept villages of the Sussex Downs. Shortly after crossing a series of old railway lines and the River Ouse, we reach our course split point for the day sending our short route riders west for a quicker day in the saddle and a more direct route to our final climb of the day up Ditchling Beacon.

Standard riders at this point will head up to our first notable challenge of the day, a long drawn out climb of around 2 miles, reaching 5% at its steepest. From here we remain in the High Weald AONB for the duration of the standard route and spend most of our day in the glorious Ashdown Forest.

After another series of shorter climbs, we reach the Chuck Hatch climb up the back of Kidds Hill. This climb lasts just short of 2 miles with a 9% gradient at its steepest section, averaging out at 4.5% over the duration. This climb is not to be underestimated. Once defeated, riders are treated to a fast descent down Kidds Hill but will soon be greeted by another unexpected climb immediately up Colemans Hatch Lane.

After this point, riders rejoin the short route and head south to tackle the focal climb of the day up the iconic Ditchling Beacon. Averaging out at 9% but reaching 16% in places, with several false flats and just under a mile of riding this is going to be a tough one. Once at the top you will have a rewarding descent back to the bottom, with only short rider remaining to the finish, for well earned medal!

Featured Climb: Ditchling Beacon

Riders on both the standard and short 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 just under 1-mile (1.45km) long, with a gain of 469ft (143m). The average gradient is 9% with a 16% increase at its steepest point.

 

Additional Information

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
  • Finisher medal
  • Pick-up wagons

What else is available?

*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.

Mates rates / Group buy
Mates rates / Group buy

A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout when you enter 4 (four) or more riders into a single event. This offer does not apply to No Excuses events or Brewin Dolphin Velo Club tickets. Mates Rates do not apply to any Late Entry offers. Mates rates can not be used in conjuction with voucher or discount codes.

Online pre-entry
Online pre-entry

Online pre-entry is the easiest way of entering and saves £8.00 per person vs. entering on the day. Online pre-entry will save you time on the day of the event allowing you to simply pick up your registration pack from the Pre entered registration points. Please note: If an event reaches its capacity we will have to close the event to riders wanting to enter on the day. It is therefore best to pre enter online to avoid disappointment!
Online entry closes on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 1pm

On the day entry
On the day entry

On the day entries are available at all our events as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £8.00 per person surcharge. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person.

Read More on the day 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.

*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.

Mates rates / Group buy

A 10% discount will be applied automatically at checkout when you enter 4 (four) or more riders into a single event. This offer does not apply to No Excuses events or Brewin Dolphin Velo Club tickets. Mates Rates do not apply to any Late Entry offers. Mates rates can not be used in conjuction with voucher or discount codes.

Online pre-entry

Online pre-entry is the easiest way of entering and saves £8.00 per person vs. entering on the day. Online pre-entry will save you time on the day of the event allowing you to simply pick up your registration pack from the Pre entered registration points. Please note: If an event reaches its capacity we will have to close the event to riders wanting to enter on the day. It is therefore best to pre enter online to avoid disappointment!
Online entry closes on Wednesday 2nd September 2020 at 1pm
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On the day entry

On the day entries are available at all our events as long as the event has not sold out prior to the event day. On the day entries are subject to an additional £8.00 per person surcharge. Payment can be made with cash or cheque. You can fill out an entry form when you arrive at the event. One entry form must be completed per person.

Read More on the day information

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

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

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Mates Rates SAVE 10%

Enter 4 or more riders into an event and only pay £31.50 per person
Total based on the £35 Standard route.

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?


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