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The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive

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Sunday 23rd April 2023

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Sunday 1st May 2022
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Friday 14th April 2023
Classic - 71 Miles; Challenge - 53 Miles; Tour - 35 Miles
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £28.00   
    £29.00   (from 01/09/2022)
    £30.00   (from 01/10/2022)
    £31.00   (from 01/11/2022)
    £40.00   (from 01/01/2023)
Event Organiser - Rupert Rivett

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The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic is one of the most popular cyclosportives in the Southeast. Don't miss out on this great cycling challenge which has been successfully run now to great applause for over 16 years. This really is an event not to miss, and an excellent event to test your early season fitness with notable iconic hills of the area on all the 3 routes. All courses travel over the wonderful countryside of Ashdown Forest with the longest route traveling into Kent and Surrey. 

An extremely popular event it is advisable to enter early to avoid missing out.  The Routes are:

THE CLASSIC Route at 74 miles
The Classic is the hardest and longest of the three rides on the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive. An excellent event to prepare for the cycling season ahead. The course is hard for this time of the year and should only be attempted by experienced cyclists able to ride for four or more hours over hilly terrain.

With a distance of 74 miles (110km) and 1653 meters of climbing the route will test riders climbing ability and endurance. There are four feed stations on this ride to help riders around the course which has many hills like Pillow Mounds Hill, Kidds Hill, Groombridge hill, and the infamous 20% Cobb Lane hill. Riders will also have the chance to relish the many descents this testing course offers.

THE CHALLENGE Route at 55 miles 
The Spring Challenge ride follows the route of the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive but takes a detour to avoid the hardest of the hills of our Classic route. This detour reduces the distance of the Springtime Challenge ride to 53 miles (88 km). A sporting course with 1193 meters of climbing that will challenge your fitness and determination.

It's a good event to do to get into condition for future summer cyclosportives. This route is achievable for most club standard cyclists, but needs work as it passes through some tough terrain and some tough climbs such as Pillow Mounds Hill and Kidds Hill which is known locally amongst the cycling fraternity as "The Wall". Then there is the infamous short but steep Cobb Lane Hill on the Challenge Route as well. With the scenic rolling roads of Ashdown Forest, we feel sure you'll enjoy this ride.

THE TOUR Route at 36 miles
The Tour route ride is the shortest ride of the Springtime Classic at 35 miles. although short in miles, this is still a good test for beginners and those who are coming back to full fitness.

The Tour route avoids the major climbs of the two other longer routes. It has less of the strength-sapping pain-inducing gradients abundant on the longer routes, but this is not to say that the Tour ride hasn't got a few hills to test your ability. The route has three main climbs to test the rider climbing ability they are:-

  1. Pillow Mounds Hill
  2. Cob Lane Hill (walking is not an option, you're a cyclist!
  3. Ardingly Reservoir Hill

All riders will receive maps and route details at the start and all routes will be heavily marked with directional arrows so you don't have to use those maps. 

  • Signing on time from 7.40 am until 9.30 am
  • Start and finish in Burgess Hill plenty of free parking in the town
  • Quick and easy signing on with our numerous marshals to speed you to the start.
  • All Feed Stations are undercover with toilets, and plenty of free energy-inducing food and drinks to get you around the route.
  • Technical support
  • Event timing by SPORTident
  • Broom wagon supplied.
  • Technical / Mechanical support.
  • Emergency medical assistance
  • Online Certificate for every finisher with your time and standard ie Gold, Silver, or Bronze award.
  • Free post-ride food at the HQ
  • Large Screen showing cycling documentaries at the HQ after the ride while you enjoy the free food.
  • Broom Wagon to pick you up if you can't get around the route

All rides of the Springtime Classic take in the wonderfully scenic roads of Ashdown Forest with the longest ride of 74 miles taking in hills such as Kidds Hill and the infamous Cobb lane hill. See a video of the event click here

This event is helping raise funds for the Sussex Heart Charity your support in entering our cycling events will help this charity support heart care in the community. If you can give a little bit more when you sign up for the event that would be appreciated but it's not compulsory, we just want you to enjoy the ride.

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