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Kick-start the 2014 Season with The Surrey Rumble

by Nick Gregory

The Surrey Rumble, now in its seventh year, has grown from 50 or so riders at its inception to a sell-out field of 400 riders in the last two years. As one of few early-season sportives, the event has proved very popular with London locals thanks in no small part to the friendly folk from Twickenham CC who run the event, and its reasonably priced (£15) entry. 

This year the Rumble will take place on Sunday 9th March, and offers two circular routes around Surrey. Both the short and long routes (60 and 80 miles resoectively) take in the Guildford and Woking area, starting from the event HQ at Downside Village Hall, near Cobham. 

The short route leaves Downside and heads out through Effingham, Forest Green and Ewhurst towards Cranleigh, before heading via Loxhill, Milford, Elstead, and Puttenham to the feed station at Seale 34 miles in. Once refreshed, riders will skirt round Woking, and through Send, Ripley and Ockham before returning to the HQ at Downside, where further refreshments will be available. 



The longer circuit follows the aforementioned route as far as Cranleigh, before heading south to Ellen's Green and Rudgewick, en-route to the first of two feed stations at Fisher's Farm, Wisborough Green (28 Miles). Heading north, Kirdford, Plaistow, and Dunsfold will whizz by before riders reconnect with the shorter ride at Loxhill. The second feed station on the long route will be the same as the only one on the short route - Seale - and will be staffed by TCC members, serving tea and coffee plus energy bars and gels. 

The routes are signposted, and, where necessary, marshaled - the descent off Whitedown being one such example. 

There are two mechanics available, one at the start (Giant Twickenham) and one mobile mechanic/ broom wagon provided by Imperial Cycles

The Rumble is electronically timed, with results being displayed live on a big screen at HQ. Phil O'Connor and the team at Sportive Photo will be providing event photography. 

For more information visit the Twickenham CC website.