New for 2017, the Wiggle Kent Classic Sportive has been designed to take you out of Surrey and into Kent for what will surely be a memorable day in the saddle.
Setting off from the village of Lingfield you will be out in the country before you know it, as all three routes head south to Wych Cross taking in the first of many quaint little villages you’ll cycle through during the ride. It is around this point, at the 7-mile mark, that you’ll tackle the first real steady climb of the day.
At Colemans Hatch, the Short route riders can relax knowing that they’ve completed the hardest part of their ride with only two steady climbs left to tackle. It’s at this point they will split off from the other routes as they head North towards Edenbridge.
Epic and Standard riders, however, go straight into the steepest climb of the day as they pass through Newbridge and make their way toward Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Shortly past Groombridge, the course divides again as the Standard riders head north with Royal Tunbridge Wells to their East. They won’t see the Epic riders again until they reach Sevenoaks, having taken in Langton Green, Penshurst and Chiddingstone, to name but a few of the villages along the route.
Epic riders continue East as they ride into the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a few short climbs along this section of the course that might take you by surprise. Notable elevation changes occur around Goudhurst, another just past Yalding and a third at Roughway. These should serve as nice testers to get you warmed up for the final climb at Dunks Green, that ascends steadily for several miles before peaking at Sevenoaks Common. It is here that you’ll embark on a nice descent before re-joining the Standard riders once again. From here, it’s a 14-mile ride back to Lingfield, via the village of Edenbridge, with no major challenges looming.
With three routes to choose from, The Wiggle Kent Classic Sportive has something to offer cyclists of all abilities, whether you’re a beginner or someone that likes a bit of a challenge - all the while soaking in some of the best countryside Britain has to offer. After all, Kent is called The Garden of England for a reason.
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.
Rider times and finisher certificates for this event are now online. View yours by visiting our Results Page
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.
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!
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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.