A fantastic 155km circuit of the South Downs featuring 1,550m of climbing. The Southern Sportive has been hailed as one of the most scenic cyclosportives on the UK; Cycling Weekly called it "the best sportive in the UK" (CW, Nov. 7th 2011) and it wass listed in the Independents 50 best UK bike rides. Short and mid route options make the Southern Sportive a great event for any cyclist, while the New 192km Wilier Gauntlet pushes the Southern Sportive firmly into the Super Sportive category!
A lot of people will know the South downs for the challenging 100 mile off road ride along its length or for the famous Ditchling Beacon hill on the London to Brighton. But the real jewels in the South Downs are to be found at the Eastern end where the vast range of country lanes bisect the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on their way to and from the coast.
Churchers college at Petersfield sits right under the northern edge of the Southdowns offering a great start and finish to this new ride. Great road and rail connections to both London and the rest of the UK also help to make this a classic south of England ride.