This was an excellent ride marred only by the vile weather, it looked like we had gone cross country by the time we got back and having a puncture only 5 miles form the end was quite a blow.
Auntie's brownies were to die for and worth going back next year to have one. The only thing i would have liked was a cup of tea at the end, i had expected some nice tea lady in the pavillion but i didn't see any drinks available at all. Otherwise it was very friendly and enjoyable.
Good climbs and some stunning countryside, shame about the weather. Very well organised. See you next year!!
a great ride
What a fantastic event! I cycle regularly in the Surrey Hills but this route took me on some lovely quiet roads I didn't even know existed - I particularly liked the climb in Bedham with the beautiful beech trees - magic!
Fabulous event, and great organization. I loved the way the course was designed with food stations at elevated points and some of the highlights (21% hill!) on the second half of the course. The last 5-10km were mostly downhill which was a great way to finish this amazing tour.
I have done other impressive tours like the Flanders Tour amateur ride, but this definitely rates as one of the best ever! Kudos to the organizers, I hope we have better weather next year, and I have the privilege of participating again.
I thought the course was dangerous in parts, with too many lanes that were just too narrow and poorly surfaced to ride a road bike at speed. (potholes, gravel, sand, puddles, bits of tree branches, horse shit, patches of grass, mud, etc ...), The wet weather (not rain but the tarmac was still wet from earlier downpours) did not help but I'd say some parts would be dangerous even in fair weather.
There may be a need to signal sharp turns in descents ahead of the turn in order to avoid crashes but avoiding them by design is an even better idea, particularly in such narrow lanes where if you get surprised and if you go wide at the turn you could face oncoming traffic with potential serious consequences.
The HQ was very poor because not only was it not tarmaced but even the access road to it wasn't and riders had to go through a patch that one only normally finds in cyclo cross event to go out and get back in. Also the toilets and changing facilities were (quite) undersized.
I will go back to the Surrey Hills on a road bike because I thought the area was outstanding and I am thankful for making me discover it. However, it won't be as part of the Scott GB sportive which gets a black mark from me.
Poor event all around. Very unprofessional at sign in, lack of clear route, no facilities on return, no BBQ which was promised but had run out of gas, no hot drinks despite poor weather, no bike cleaning facilities. Save your money for one run by some professionals
Hideous conditions and nasty hills (mountains?!) but a well organised and run event which I would gladly do again. Only gripes were a timing chip issue and I felt the second feed station was on the 'wrong' side of the road, meaning you had to cross oncoming traffic to get to it. Perhaps it was on the 'right' side of the road for long course riders? Nevermind. Happy to see so many other idiots giving up a nice Sunday at home for a slog through the water and mud in balmy 7 degree temps!
This is the third sportive I have done and the most enjoyable - and this despite the weather. Wonderful route - not too many cars - great climbs - loved Leith Hill and Barhatch loved that they were later in the course too.
Made me feel secure to see St Johns Medical staff - thanks to them. Loved the home made cake too. I did crash - but despite that - and despite the weather - and despite the runaway horse - fantastic sportive.
Lived in the area all my cycling life, so knew it pretty well, but still the odd completely new road - e.g. climb out of Hascombe. The route was put together brilliantly and really is quite testing with some respite in the Low Weald. Shows off Surrey really well, and hardly saw many cars considering the area.
great route, although warning about the road conditons would have been good. Also hot drinks would have been a nice touch at the finish and the promised sausage at the end of a wet windy day !
A superb event and a great course. Signs were some of the best i have seen. Top marks for that. Just a few small things would have made this the best sportive i have riden ever.
good. pity about the bad conditions. some warning on poor road surface wouldve been handy.
This is a great course, there are some great climbs, but the cake is the best!
I thought I new the Surrey HIlls. These guys really do. A good course and tough hills.