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03/03/2013 - Burgess Hill Sussex, UK - Sportive

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The first event in the SRS Events 2013 Cyclosportive Series 

The Three Rides of the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic are:-

The Burgess Hill Springtime Cyclosportive 71 miles with 3 feed stations
The Burgess Hill Spring Challenge Ride 53 miles with 2 feed stations
The Burgess Hill Tour Ride 35 miles with 1 feed station

This events has been running for  5 years and is always a popular cyclosportive to test early season gear rider 
As usual the routes will be comprehensively marked with arrows with extra signes at strategic junctions. Three feeding Stations will be provided for The Springtime Classic Cyclosportive @71 miles  and two feed stations on the Spring Challenge route @ 54 miles . The Spring Tour ride @ 36 miles will have one feed station. Technical and First Aid Support will be provided en-route and a broom wagon will ensure that all riders return!.

Meet the Hills 

The must do event for many the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive is a popular event to test your fitness on the bike.  In it's 6th year the 2013 event is going to better than ever before. 

We all know that cyclosportive aren't races and that you can ride a cyclosportive like the Springtime Classic cyclosportive just for the pure pleasure of taking part in a large non competitive cycling event. If on the other hand it's all about the personal challenge for you and getting that coveted gold standard time for the ride, then an immense challenge is awaiting you with your early season fitness, especially if you choose to do the Classic route at 71 miles. 

There are some notable hills on the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive with the  Classic route having all of the hills listed below.  

Pillow Mounds HillPillow mounds Hill

This hill is the first big test which all routes ascend. Riders have to tackle a ford at the baseof the hill, with the steepest part of the hill being at the beginning.  With fresh legs most riders can get to the summit of this hill with a smile on their face.  Fit cyclist will see this more as a warm up. Any sign of struggle up this hill will be a warning to consider taking the directions to one of the shorter routes while you have a chance. 

Kidds Hill kidds hill

Before you get to kidds hill there are some beautiful roads on route through the Ashdown forest, you will descend for some time before reaching the base of this hill  locally know as the "Wall" It is a really testing climb. If you don't like hills just knuckle down, embrace the pain, as not long after conquering "the Wall" you will be descending Black Hill another descent which goes on for a few miles and a just great fun and an excellent place to get back on to any bunch you were dropped from on Kidds Hill.  The View as you are just about to reach the top of Kidds Hill :-

kidds hill

Groombridge Hill

groombridge sign

Riders who are riding the Classic route go deeper into the Weald area of the Southeastcrossing over into the county of Kent to tackle the climb of Groombridge Hill.  Humourously nicknamed by some as the Col du Groombridge, this is no Alpine climb but nevertheless it is one more big hill to sap the energy from your legs. Consevation of energy is advised on this hill as you won't even by half way around the Classic route while on this climb. 

groombridge hill

Cob Lane Hill cob lane

If we wanted to paint a rosey picture about Cob Lane we would start with the fact that this hill is pleasantly short in length and climbs through a lovely wooded area. We would state also that soon after this hill is a feeding station to rest and replace your energy. These statements would be true but missing out the one important fact, that with a gradient of 20% this hill is a cycling shoe cleat breaker as many have to resign themselves to walking up this hill.  


Depending on the weather conditions on the day of the event along with those lovely trees we mentioned which drop their leaves on this 20% gradient which can make the surface of the road slightly slippery and even harder to climb as any excessive energy applied to the pedals only results in rear wheel spin rather than forward motion. 

We predict if you haven't saved leg strength for this hill then you will be taking the walk of shame more than likely recorded by Avelo Images who are the official photographers of the 2013 running of this event. Seemingly Avelo Images photographers only take pictures where there is an abundance of gravity !

These are just some of the hills en route and we could wax lyrical about them all day as theyare such great climbs on the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive.


Of course we shouldn't forget what goes up must come down and this cyclosportive has its fair share of great descents as well as climbs. It is the perfect Cyclosportive event to test your early season fitness with a great feel to the whole day and at the same time this event is raising awareness and funds for the Sussex Heart Charity. 

This Cyclosportive Challenge is a challenge par excellence all the three routes of the Springtime Classic take in some wonderful countryside and feed stations en route are based at Village Halls which have a good choice of energy drink and other fast fuel foods from sponsors. Savoury foods like delicious sausage rolls are also available should your taste buds be getting bored with the sweet things. 


Most notably the feed stations have toilets and all offer a safe place to wait if you need a mechanic or need to be picked up by the broom wagon. Qualified Medics with ambulance are availabel on all routes should you need medical attention. 

You are advised to enter early to make use of the early bird entry and to note prices rise the closer to the event. 

The event is run by SRS Events on behalf of the Sussex Heart Charity. 

The event has all the amenities a cyclosportive rider might need.

Fast signing on procedure.Safe drop off point for belongings.Free Parking. 

Plus when you get back from your ride the usual great welcome back to the HQ with:
Goodie bag. 
Cycling Films to watch.

Free snack meal to immediately replenish your energy after the ride.


Electronic timing by Sportident for this event will mean that riders will get their time immediately after finishing and entrants will be able to download a Certificate after the event 


The sooner you enter the cheaper it will be. So hurry while places last! 

Up to the 31/10/2012 price £18 Early bird price

From 01/11/2012 price £24

From 01/01/2012 price £26

From 03/03/2013 price £28

From 04/03/2013 price £30

Entries on the day £35 if available. Entries on the day are not guaranteed 



Details of other events 2013 events will be available soon. 

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SRS Springtime Classic 2011 from Alistair Cooper on Vimeo.

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SRS Spring Cyclosportive - March 2009 from Alistair Cooper on Vimeo.


Official photographers of the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic is Avelo Images 


Digital Downloads from £8.00                         Prints available for £6.00 for 5"x7" prints 


This event is raising awareness and funds for the Sussex Heart Charity. 


ON THE RIVET Cyclist Network

For those that live in the Brighton and surrounding areas the ON THE RIVET Cyclist Network run regular training rides. Some of which use parts of the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive.


Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Oakmeads Community College
Address Line 2 Station Road
Town Burgess Hill
County East Sussex
Postcode RH15 9EA
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

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