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The Burgess Hill "Rumble" Cyclosportive

31/08/2014 - Burgess Hill , Sussex , UK - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 83.2% based on 34 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 90.000%

annhunter wrote:

A great event in beautful countryside and well organised. The only slight comment would be additional signs over the course - km / mile markers (for those without computers / gps) and warning signs of steep ascents / descents coming (being in the wrong gear at the start of Cob Lane didnt help!)

Rated Event: 83.333%

MikeBenton1 wrote:

Excellent course, well signed and very good feed stops, stocked with a very good range of gels, bars, drinks etc. My only slight quibble is that there were a couple of steepish descents that were potholed and gravelly - some kind of advance warning would have been good.

Overall a hugely enjoyable ride. well done!

Rated Event: 85.556%

jezcook wrote:

Despite the timing chip problem, I think the event was excellent.
The course was great: fantastic scenery, some killer climbs and country lanes to get in the drops and time trial along. The signage was plentiful and noticeable.
The feed stops were very, very well stocked. This is the first event where I've finished it with more gels than when I started!
Overall a really good quality event which I enjoyed a lot.

Rated Event: 86.667%

tyhsia wrote:

My first time doing a SRS event and it was a very good experience. The route was superb and the support very nice. I've heard about problems with signs in previous SRS events, but today went without a glitch. One rider I was with who had complained about SRS signs before, confirmed that today was a job well done! I think bad signage is the single biggest faux-pas for a sportive--can totally ruin the event. So, SRS, good job and keep it up. My biggest complaint though is the feed station. Having 4 for a 94 mile ride is fine, but having the first at 18 mi and the second at 50 mi makes little sense. The first is clearly too early (and many of us actually missed it anyway), and several of us was running out of water before feedstation 2.

Rated Event: 34.410%


Not impressed - don't think srs events, whoever they are, know a great deal about cycling. A patronising pre event email, "don't be a lycra lout" and don't park near the hq and upset residents, got my back up before the start, (I left school 30 years ago and sufficient parking at the start/finish is essential if you are charging top dollar).
Had to queue for twenty minutes to sign on.
A feed stop that riders had to stop at for the timing to work wasn't where the map said it was and wasn't even on the course. It didn't have any signage to send riders back onto the course and some riders got lost as a result.
Miserable, unhelpful staff at the finish - Was made to go and retrieve my bike number before I could have any refreshment - apparently the cheap skates are going to reuse them and when I asked if I could look at the timings to see where I'd placed was told "It's not a race".
There were some really good sportifs in the south east in 2010 and this definately wasn't one of them.

Rated Event: 94.444%

hbrennan wrote:

Well organised events. I regularly participate in SRS events and this was my third year of attending their events. The course is well signposted and the feed stations plentiful and well stocked. Great use of timing chips with a little wait to register at the start, which can be avoided by planning your registration time. Cannot wait until the next one and can we leave out Cobb Lane please :)

Rated Event: 93.333%

robthomas71 wrote:

This was my first sportive last year and i throughly enjoyed the SRS experience. I have since done two other SRS sportives and each one has been run with precision. The best organiser of sportives in the South by far, having done a couple of others this year. Will be signing up for more SRS sportives for next year. Cannot recommend SRS enough for organisation and the event.

Rated Event: 98.889%


Once again a very well run event, Well done SRS.
All instructions given prior to event were clear and easy to follow, all helpers and mashalls were friendly and route marking was spot on, impossible to get lost and have never needed to look at route map once under way.
Look forward to August 2011 rumble.
Well done

Rated Event: 95.556%

Robin4340 wrote:

The "Rumble" is the el de facto "classic" sportive in the South East with climbs of the "wall" in Ashdown forest and "Cobs lane" in Ardingly. Friends recommended this event as a starter sportive for myself as the facilities, signage, support and countryside were 1st class. I've also ridden the SRS Tour de Weald, Spring Sportive and the SRS trademark sportive preperation is an overrding theme of all their events. I chose the challenge 100km route as I wasn't fit enough to try the harder longer route. Refreshments stops with toilets and hot drinks are a much valued facility for a weary rider requiring a pick me up. Stopping at Forest Row with a tea and chat to the helpers certainly spurned me on to the end. An excellent finishing certificate and the end tea stop provides a suitable conclusion to the event. RECOMMENDED by a rider that actually rides events,!

Rated Event: 87.778%

rbofsussex wrote:

Rode this event with my daughter for the first time last year, she had only just turned nine that month and she thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that she has nagged me to do it again this year. We did the 20 mile course which did not have any feed stops on it but an excellent range of cakes at the finish in the HQ canteen. We will be there again this year. Don't believe the previous negative comments that appear about this event. Some of the comments seem a bit fussy to me. I have done 5 events in the last 2 years and have not had any problems with any of these SRS Events. Try the event and decide for yourself.

Rated Event: 98.889%

sussexdenny wrote:

This was by far, one of the best events I have ever attended. Brilliantly organised, clear and concise signage and maps, and fantastic scenery en route.
A lovely warm welcome by staff, fast signing, more than ample refreshments both at tea stops and HQ, and good facilities at HQ also.
I was astounded by the negative and rude comments I have read from some of the people who have rated this event. It's obvious they don't appreciate fantastic service and value for money when it's staring them in the face, and also the hard work which goes into an event to make it an enjoyable one. You can't please all the people all the time I suppose, but this event certainly pleased me.
Well done SRS and all your staff. I will definitely be back again and will highly recommend your events to others. 10/10

Rated Event: 75.556%

vaughan64 wrote:

OK. The 1st timing stop on the middle length course (the one in the school yard) wasn't that well signed but I was there very early and it may have got better. You did have to get off your bike and go up some steps, which could be looked at for next year. I thought the staff at the end were very friendly and processed my timing chip very quickly. Who can grumbel at a named certificate with your time on it after 30 seconds? The food on offer at the end was fine and served by very friendly staff and a nice touch were the cycle movies on screen. Come on guys, give them a break you grumpy old men.

Rated Event: 34.444%

halifaxpeter wrote:

I'd echo the previous comments...SRS, sit up, stop being so damn complacent and pay attention to your customers!

I ride sportifs, operated by different companies right across this part of the south east and this event was very very poor and was rock bottom in terms of value for money. (Fair disclosure - I have ridden other SiE events which weren't as poor as this one)

Rather than repeating the points made below, I'll just say entirely agree about the poor management of the sign on process, the feedstops and the timing process

My personal gripe is about the signage which was abysmal, bordering on the dangerous. It was poor that all three riders in my group had to be constantly looking for every single turn - and still missing some of them.

And when I tried to raise these concerns with the staff at HQ - in a positive constructive way - I was met with blank indifference, as though to say, "We've had your money, now p*ss off..."

Needless to say I won't be entering any further SiE events in hurry.

Rated Event: 92.222%

marktcr wrote:

I have ridden a number of SRS events and always found them to be very good with excellent signage and routes. Compared to things like the Caledonian Etape (my last sportive) this company do an excellent job. I would not hesitate to recommend this and other SRS events.

Roll on the next one!

Rated Event: 30.000%

zenbiker2009 wrote:

Just wanted to make sure that people realise the negative comments from the first review of this event are totally correct.

I wasn't going to rate this event, but have just received an email from SRS events asking for some positive feedback, trying to explain the current comments as "only an issue with timing at the start of the day for one person". Bit of a cheek really, as failure to take any note of the concerns raised has made my mind up not to take the risk of entering any more SRS events. I have ridden three so far and the main problems seem to be with timing accuracy, registration delays, staff politeness (especially at the end - felt like I had inconvenienced everyone by commiting the crime of asking for a roll before I had handed in my timing chip) and most importantly the route signage. Absolutely non existent on so many junctions that the times for the distances stated become irrelevant as you spend a lot of time off course or stopping to read a map.

Basically, there are much better organised sportives around for the money - especially the Wiggle Super Series in conjunction with British Cycling.

My recommendation to SRS events: listen to your customers, rather than ignoring their structured, relevant, criticisms!

Rated Event: 88.800%

Don Menzies wrote:

Excellent ride, spoiled only by the stupidly long queue for timing chips. Two stations, 20 secs per person, 500 riders all wanting to sign on at the same time!

Rated Event: 59.940%


Very good route but the day was marred by the lack of adequate organisation at the start. The collection of numbers and routecards was smooth enough but the long long queue for the timing chips meant that I had to leave without one in order to have a chance of getting to the finish at the time I needed. The attempted lecture about 'safety' (me compromising my safety by not having a tag around my neck) from the official at the end was a little rich considering the mess at the start.

Rated Event: 93.240%


Really well organised, all the food you could wish for. Timing chips zapped at feed stations so you get a break down of the times for each section. You even get lunch pack at the end.

Rated Event: 85.470%


great event, virtually impossible to get lost.good food stops. freindly crew but obviously something went wrong with picking up timing chips. the event is hard enough without having to stand in a queue for 30 mins.i did the spring ride and there was no such problem so waht changed? i;m sure you;ll have it sorted next time. thanks for event

Rated Event: 71.040%

Bike addict wrote:

Good event, shame about the long queues to get timing chip.
Lots of nasty hills in second half of event.

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