Sandown Cyclone Sportive
22/04/2012 - Sandown - Sportive
The Sandown Cyclone Sportive is part of the inaugural 2012 Road Cycling Show, taking place at Sandown Park, Esher, Surrey, over April 21-22. The ride takes in some of Surrey’s finest villages, countryside and hills, and offers a fantastic spring challenge to set the scene for your cycling year.
All routes are suitable for a wide range of riders. Although the hills are testing, any rider with a reasonable level of fitness and preparation will conquer them with ease.
Entry for the sportive also incudes entry to the Road Cycling Show, giving you not only one of the finest rides in the south of England but also a chance to check out the latest bikes and gear, test ride the latest machinery and take part in expert seminars on all aspects of cycling. Few sportives offer so much.
Epic route (81 miles)
The longest of the three Sandown Cyclone routes includes some of the south of England’s most iconic climbs. After a five-mile warm-up out to Cobham, the scenery opens up to lush countryside. The first major climb comes after 13 miles when the route hits Coombe Bottom. Then it’s down through the stunning village of Shere and up through Winterfold. The central section offers a 34-mile respite from climbing, as it hits the Low Weald between the North and South Downs on to Dunsfold. Then it’s north and on to the third major climb of the day, up Surrey’s highest point, Leith Hill. That should warm up the riders for the big one – White Down. This 20 per cent ascent will test your climbing ability alongside the next 18 per cent climb near Polesden Lacey. After you’ve caught your breath, it’s a 10-mile cruise back to the finish.
Standard route (66 miles)
Including all of the climbs of the Epic route, the Standard route will be a popular choice among riders. After leaving the start at Sandown, the loop takes you south towards Cobham and then on to the North Downs and the first climb of the day at Coombe Bottom. From there, it’s down through Cranleigh via the appropriately named Hurt Wood and on to the home of the Top Gear test track, Dunsfold. It’s here that the Standard route splits off from the Epic, with a loop back north and to the triple challenge of Leith Hill, White Down and Polesden Lacey. A 10-mile flat section to the finish allows you to warm down ready to check out the show.
Fun route (35.5 miles)
Despite missing out a considerable chunk of the longer routes, the Fun loop still provides a challenge through Surrey’s outstanding scenery. After warming up on the ride out of Esher and through Cobham, it’s on to the North Downs where the route becomes more undulating along quiet country lanes. A section along the North Downs running from west to east takes you towards Dorking and then back north to Sandown Park via Fetcham and Cobham.