Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler Sportive
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Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler Sportive

Saturday 3rd March 2018

EVENT CANCELLED

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. More information as to why and what you need to do can be found below.

EVENT CANCELLED
Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this event. More information as to why and what you need to do can be found in the event description below.

UPDATE - 28 Feb 2018 - We are very sorry to inform you that it has become necessary to cancel this event due to current and forecasted weather conditions.

The UK is experiencing a period of very low temperatures and snowy conditions. With Amber and Yellow weather warnings forecasted in the area for a continued period up to the event, it will be not possible for us to deliver a safe event, so have the made the necessary decision to cancel.

All riders currently entered are entitled to transfer to any of our 2018 events* the full list is available via our events page. Your preference needs to be emailed to us by the end of March 2018 at enquiries@ukcyclingevents.co.uk

*Excludes French events, Velo Club Tickets, MBR Demo Days and No Excuses events.

Should none of these be suitable please let us know at enquiries@ukcyclingevents.co.uk and we will issue a refund.

We appreciate you will find this disappointing but we thank you for your understanding. Roll on warmer weather!


The Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler Sportive has gained a reputation as being one of the Super Series’ toughest events on the calendar, making it a haven for cyclists in West Sussex, the South of England, and beyond, who like to challenge themselves. Thankfully there are three routes to choose from, so if you find high elevations a little daunting, opt to cycle the short route. You won't be disappointed.

Starting off from the South of England Showground, the first challenge that presents itself to riders is in Turners Hill. From here it’s relatively easy going for a while and picturesque, with landmarks like the Ouse Valley viaduct to feast your eyes upon. Soon after you'll come to the climbs around Balcombe and Ardingly, which will give your legs and stamina a workout.

Cycling up Ditchling Beacon

Those climbs, however, are nothing compared to the infamous Ditchling Beacon on the epic route, which is a firm favourite with many cyclists. With a maximum gradient of 16 per cent and an elevation of 438ft, it's the third-highest point on the South Downs, behind Butser Hill and Crown Tegleaze, and is rated amongst the best climbs in Sussex. Once you reach the top you get to enjoy the fast descent straight back down again, before heading back out into Sussex.

The terrain relaxes henceforth, giving you a chance to keep up a nice pace, before heading into Ashdown Forest, which is fast, beautiful and challenging. Don't let up around Weir Wood Reservoir, though, as you'll need to give it one more push over steep hills before reaching the finish line.

The Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler, while tougher than most Sportives, offers a spectacular day in the saddle around some of the best cycling Sussex has to offer. And with it's three routes to choose from, there's enough choice to suit most cycling abilities.

Fancy helping out at an event?

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.

Event Description
Event Description

UPDATE - 28 Feb 2018 - We are very sorry to inform you that it has become necessary to cancel this event due to current and forecasted weather conditions.

The UK is experiencing a period of very low temperatures and snowy conditions. With Amber and Yellow weather warnings forecasted in the area for a continued period up to the event, it will be not possible for us to deliver a safe event, so have the made the necessary decision to cancel.

All riders currently entered are entitled to transfer to any of our 2018 events* the full list is available via our events page. Your preference needs to be emailed to us by the end of March 2018 at enquiries@ukcyclingevents.co.uk

*Excludes French events, Velo Club Tickets, MBR Demo Days and No Excuses events.

Should none of these be suitable please let us know at enquiries@ukcyclingevents.co.uk and we will issue a refund.

We appreciate you will find this disappointing but we thank you for your understanding. Roll on warmer weather!


The Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler Sportive has gained a reputation as being one of the Super Series’ toughest events on the calendar, making it a haven for cyclists in West Sussex, the South of England, and beyond, who like to challenge themselves. Thankfully there are three routes to choose from, so if you find high elevations a little daunting, opt to cycle the short route. You won't be disappointed.

Starting off from the South of England Showground, the first challenge that presents itself to riders is in Turners Hill. From here it’s relatively easy going for a while and picturesque, with landmarks like the Ouse Valley viaduct to feast your eyes upon. Soon after you'll come to the climbs around Balcombe and Ardingly, which will give your legs and stamina a workout.

Cycling up Ditchling Beacon

Those climbs, however, are nothing compared to the infamous Ditchling Beacon on the epic route, which is a firm favourite with many cyclists. With a maximum gradient of 16 per cent and an elevation of 438ft, it's the third-highest point on the South Downs, behind Butser Hill and Crown Tegleaze, and is rated amongst the best climbs in Sussex. Once you reach the top you get to enjoy the fast descent straight back down again, before heading back out into Sussex.

The terrain relaxes henceforth, giving you a chance to keep up a nice pace, before heading into Ashdown Forest, which is fast, beautiful and challenging. Don't let up around Weir Wood Reservoir, though, as you'll need to give it one more push over steep hills before reaching the finish line.

The Wiggle Haywards Heath Howler, while tougher than most Sportives, offers a spectacular day in the saddle around some of the best cycling Sussex has to offer. And with it's three routes to choose from, there's enough choice to suit most cycling abilities.

Fancy helping out at an event?
Fancy helping out at an event?

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.

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This Event Includes:

  • Facilities and parking
  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Full route marking
  • Rider public liability insurance
  • Feed Stops
  • Energy food and drink
  • Electronic chip timing
  • Web results service
  • Online certificates
  • Finisher gift
  • Finisher medal
  • On site catering
  • Pick-up wagons
  • Bike wash facilities
  • Photos by SportivePhoto
  • Six Physio Massage@Events
  • Retail Opportunities
  • MORE INFO ABOUT OUR EVENTS

Route Information

Route: Epic

Distance: 80 Miles   

   

Difficulty: 8/10
Route: Standard

Distance: 53 Miles   

   

Difficulty: 7/10
Route: Short

Distance: 35 Miles   

   

Difficulty: 5/10
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Key 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.