Our notorious King of the Downs super sportive is back as part of the RideIt! series. Harder and longer than the usual sportive ride, the King of the Downs will test your strength and endurance to the max! Entries are now open and as ever the event is filling up fast so get in quick and be part of this testing but enjoyable ride!

Taking place on Sunday the 22nd of May, the 113 mile challenge takes in over 10 killer climbs in the South East’s iconic road cycling areas totaling over 9,000 feet over the North Downs, the Surrey Hills, Ashdown Forest and the hills scattered through East Surrey and Kent.

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If you’re up for the challenge but fancy a shorter ride there’s the 56 mile half sportive option which takes you round the Western loop of the route. I decided to head out around this sector (which also forms part of the 2012 Olympic road race course) earlier in the week with Balint driving the van along to get some pictures and video footage of the course.

Heading North West from the start which is at the front of our offices (RH10 9TZ) the route takes you around the airport perimeter, through Charlwood and into Newdigate. From here you then head into the Surrey Hills before tackling the North Downs. The loop features some exhilarating descents and 4,800ft of climbing taking you up and over the following climbs, broken up by the twisting, scenic, undulating roads:

• Leith Hill (451ft climbing in 2.1 miles)
• Pitch Hill (559ft climbing in 2.1 miles)
• Combe Bottom (422ft climbing in 2 miles)
• Ranmore Common West (271ft climbing in 1.5 miles)
• Box Hill (567ft climbing 2.6 miles)

Western Loop

The full sportivers then head on to the Eastern loop which we’re going to head out on next Monday and meet up with our Super Sportiver, James Berresford. The Eastern part takes you into the Ashdown forest before tracking north to the North Downs – it’s here that you’ll tackle two of the toughest hill climbs including the famous Yorks Hill.  This sector climbs a total of 4,200ft and takes in the following climbs:

• Tulleys Farm (252ft climbing in 1.8 miles)
• Weir Wood Reservoir (342ft climbing in 1.3 miles)
• The Wall (406ft climbing in 0.9 miles)
• Yorks Hill (394ft climbing in 1.1 miles)
• Titsey – Bec CC Hill Climb (386ft climbing in 0.8 miles)

Eastern Loop

Eastern Loop

With only 1,200 places available King of the Downs 2011 is already half full and sure to sell out, proving its popularity so enter now to avoid disappointment! Already entered? RSVP on Facebook and share your experiences, tips and advice! Entry is £25 and all riders will receive a goody bag worth £12.

Keep up to date with our blog and check back for the next post when we catch up with our Super Sportiver, James Berresford who tells us how his season so far has gone, event preparation, and what he’s looking forward to or even dreading on the day!