King of the Downs is now less than a week away and with the last few places remaining you will need to get in fast as pre-entry closes Thursday morning. The sunnier climates are set to be here until July so get out on your bike and give it a go, enter online here.

The half option is a challenging but enjoyable ride if you don’t fancy the full 113 miles, covering 56 miles with 4,800 feet of climbing. Taking you round the Western loop of the route and through the scenic countryside, over the Surrey Hills and North Downs, including Box Hill and the iconic switch-backs – a key part of the 2012 Olympic Road Race circuit where champions will prosper. 

We got out on the Western loop a couple of weeks ago and put together a short video to give you a glimpse of the scenic route. Check it out here.

Taking in the view

If you’re up for taking on what is one of the toughest super sportives in the South then the prospect of the full distance 113 mile challenge with 9,000 feet of climbing is sure to put your strength and endurance to the test! After completing the Western loop with the half sportivers, the full distance super sportive route then takes you onto the Eastern loop and into the Ashdown forest before tracking up to the North Downs. It’s here that you’ll tackle two of the toughest hill climbs including the famous Yorks Hill amidst the total 4,200 feet of climbing amidst the Eastern loops 57 miles.

All entrants receive a goody bag worth over £12 and just like our usual RideIt! rides, the routes are pre-marked with OS maps provided, and include electronic chip timing system, FREE SIS energy product and feed stations as well as catering at the event centre, full mechanical support, hire bike fleet, and Gore Bikewear ‘Try Before You Buy’ service. Litespeed will have a stand with some of the latest models including bikes from their titanium built range available to test ride.

We will also be putting up a large marquee packed with 100 ex-demo and soiled road bikes all to clear with huge savings and our store will be open from 6.30am on the morning of the event to cater for all your needs! Click here for info on our ex-demo & soiled bike sale!

The goody bag includes a cotton musette and cap, drinks bottle, RideIt! magazine, discount vouchers, a FREE RideIt entry coupon, and sachet of Fenwicks degreaser to help keep your bike running smoothly.

With some 100 places remaining for both the full and half sportive options enter now online to avoid disappointment and be part of this fantastic ride! Already entered? RSVP on Facebook and share your experiences, tips and advice! Last week we drew our KOTD Upgrades winner, Michal Langier and built up his Specialized Allez Sport with a brand new SRAM Force groupset, Ritchey finishing kit and a Fulcrum 5 wheelset with Schwalbe Ultremo R tyres. A full feature on this will appear in our summer catalogue which will be out late June.

We’ve also uploaded some great pre event content as well as nutrition and fuelling guides to our blog, keep up to date with the latest posts including our interview with ‘Super Sportiver’ James Berresford on his preparation.