Are now available here  KotDs pics You will need to enter the four didgit number on the front of your bike ( not your timing rider number). So if you were number 34 you need to enter 0034, 345 would be 0345 etc. There’s nearly 7200 pics so lets hope they managed to get you!!




You can download rider times using the link below -

King of the Downs Rider Times

Well done to everyone who completed the course, the hot weather certainly added to the challenge, it just seemed to get hotter and hotter as the day went on.

The guys at the drink stations worked flat out to try and fill the water barrels and mix energy drink quick enough to keep up with demand. I spent a few hours working at the second station and we really struggled at the peak time so hopefully we didn’t delay anyone by too much and you took the chance to rest your legs before taking on the second loop.

The last rider finished at around 7:30 pm and even helped us to collect in some of the signs from the final feed stations as we were taking down the course markings.

UPDATE 25/5 8.30PM

Rider numbers. The numbers for the front of your bikes that you can use to identify your self in the event pictures have arrived. Unfortunately they are different to your KotDs rider number! This is not too much of an issue, it just means that you have to remember the little plastic number on the front of your bike when you look at the post event pictures. Sorry about this – nothing I can do at this late stage.




Pre-event emails have been sent. If you didn’t recieve it this could be because you didn’t supply an address, mis-spelt your address or have changed since entering. If this is the case, the info can be found here  Pre-event email but basically it’s all the information below so please don’t email me as everything needed is here, and if not I’ll answer questions posted.






We are busy gearing up for our hardest Sportive of the year, The King of the Downs. Now in it’s 4th year, this is a classic 10 hill Sportive  to challenge even the fittest riders.

So far we have booked the drink stations, ordered 2500 bananas, 3000 bits of flapjack, 150 fruitcakes and about 25kgs of jelly beans :-) There will also be goodies from High5 at the start along with energy drink.

I’ll try and walk you through the day, but please check here for last minute updates.


First though I would like to point out that THIS IS NOT A RACE. You will not be given a rank and all times will be displayed in a non-sortable format in rider number order. Please help us to continue running a popular friendly event by not riding in such a way to obstruct the road and upset other users. Stop at junctions and traffic lights, and obey the highway code. Do not ride at silly speeds around blind bends or on steep descents. We do not insure you for your actions so if you do hit a car or pedestrian YOU will be responsible for any damages caused by your riding.


GPX routes – The routes can now be found here:- GPX Files These have now been updated and are Ok for navigation but please check back here on Saturday night to see if there have been any changes after we have put the route out. If you wish to view the routes then download the instructions found with the route files.

Pre-event mail – This should go out to everyone who supplied their email address with their booking. If you don’t get this we will put up a link from here, but please make sure your email address on your booking/account is correct.

On the Day

Parking – We have secured about 500 spaces in a nearby commercial estate but we’ll park at the venue to begin with. So aim for our Head Office at RH10 9TZ and follow the instructions of the parking marshals. When we have filled nearest parking we will send you to the overflow so, again, follow directions from the marshals. The overflow is about a 3minute walk/1minute bike ride so it’s up to you if you wish to ride over ready to ride.

Train – If you are coming by train then follow this handy guide on how to get to our offices and therefore the event centre.  Train Directions


Signing in – Times are as follows:-

Registration opens at 5am.
Full sportive riders should register between 5am and 8am and start between 6am and 8am.
Half sportive riders should register between 7.30am and 10am. You will not be able to register before this and your chip will not be available. Please help us to process riders quickly by adhering to these times and not queuing and asking for your chip before 7.30am.
Half sportive riders start between 8am and 10am.
Free ride vouchers supplied with bikes are not valid for this event.

Registration will be in alphabetical order. Go to the correct table and wait until asked to sign on. You will then be given your maps, High5 and the timing chip will be added to your helmet.
Breakfast – You will be given a raffle ticket for breakfast, take it to the food tent and fill up on porridge and cereal. This ticket can’t be used for the post event food.
Once you are ready to ride proceed to the start tent, there are no assigned times, and wait until you are asked to proceed into the briefing area.
The Ride – consists of two loops and the split is at the roundabout at the end of the road. You ride the west loop first and come all the way back to the roundabout. Full route riders turn left and half route riders finish by turning right. IMPORTANT if you are a FULL route rider DO NOT enter the venue start area at this point. There is a good chance that your timing chip will register and finish your ride so you won’t get a time for your full route. There is no way we can change your time!!
Drink/feed stations – There are stations approximately every 28 miles. The Half route riders get one at Aldbury Cricket club with the Full getting 3 stops. The second one is about 1 mile AFTER THE ROUTE SPLIT so you don’t need to return to the venue to fill up with water. This drink station is at Heathy Farm pub where there will be access to their toilets DO NOT WEE in their hedges – it’s not pleasant for everyone else. The last station is at the top of Yorks Hill climb and has been described as the best placed drink station on any Sportive in the country!!
Available at drink stations – subject to how greedy/hungry the riders in front of you are – there will be High5 drink, Water, Bananas, flapjack, cake and jelly beans.
Finishing – Please ride back through the start/finish tent, even if you are not bothered about time as this let’s us know you are back and safe. If you do pull out please call the number on the map and let me know and I’ll make a note. You will be handed your goodie bag and a new raffle ticket for your free after ride plate of food.
Times – Will be available here on the Monday after the event.