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Sussex Downs Beach Cruiser Sportive Arrives This Saturday

by Holly Blades

A slightly different slant on the classic sportive, the Sussex Downs and Hampshire Hills Beach Cruisers sportives (1st July & 12th August) are designed with the atmosphere of a summer club run to the beach in mind.

The concept is simple; you follow the winding course over the hills and down to the beach, where you can chill out for a while, and grab a bite at the beachside cafe, before taking a more direct route back to the event base.

For the Sussex Downs event this weekend, the beach in question is the charming and secluded Climping Beach, where the excellent Climping Beach Cafe will be offering free tea and cake to riders as part of the event. You can either choose the One Way Ticket option (the shorter ride that finishes at the beach, where you can meet family or friends and make your own way home), or the Day Trip Return (the full ride option to the beach and back).

In keeping with the laid back summer vibe, the rides are slightly shortened (60 & 90km approx for short and full) so you don't have to rush your day, and your ride timing clock stops for the time you're at the beach so you have to time to relax in between your riding efforts.

It's going to be a refreshing change of pace to the usual hectic sportive; a ride that you can savour on your own terms.  Plus, each ride is very keenly priced already (£25 for the full routes and just £18 for the short), making them a great value day out on the bike!

Here are Southern Sportive's  2017 events still to come:

1st July: NEW Sussex Downs Beach Cruiser
12th August: NEW Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser
10th September: The Southern Sportive (South Downs)
8th September: The Cotswold Edge Sportive

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