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Conquer a UK Sportive Classic at the 10th Edition of The Southern Sportive

by Nick Gregory

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The Southern Sportive - the original South Downs sportive - celebrates its 10th edition on the 13th September 2015.  

The Petersfield-based event was first run in 2006, back when there were only about a dozen sportives in the country, and (if you lived in the south) you had to trek to the Dales or Lakes or remote corners of Wales to find them. 

Event organiser and keen cyclist, Phil Harrison spotted the growing popularity of these new road events and saw that something was needed in the south. His Trail Break mountain bike events had been popular across the south of England since the early 90's; translating that experience and local knowledge to the road was a logical step. 

The western end of the South Downs was picked as the ideal course location, the Southern Sportive was born and the rest is history! 

Part of the event's success has undoubtedly been the course, which covers the best roads in the South Downs and takes advantage of a wealth of superb riding both north and south of the ridge to create one of the finest rides in the country. 


The route bisects the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on its way to and from the coast and passing through some of the most picturesque villages in the country along the way. The result is a flowing route that will test and treat you in equal measure. Four route options (71, 112, 155 and 192km) give you all the choice you need for your ideal ride! 

To back up your ride, you get support from one of the most experienced events teams on the block. Southern Sportive's course marking is regularly praised as some of the best in the industry; well stocked and located feed stations will keep you fuelled and mechanical and rider support will be on hand throughout the day. 

At the finish, you can check your ride time on the timing screen instantly and get your finisher's medal and t shirt. If you're lucky you may have won a top drawer prize from Lezyne with Ride for the Prize! Just check your listing on the results screen at the finish - if your name has a yellow highlight, you're a winner! 

Entry for this year's Southern Sportive is still open, so sign up today and conquer one of the UK's classic events. For more details visit

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