SPRINGTIME CLASSIC 2017
DATE OF EVENT: Sunday 19/03/17
ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSED
on the day entries available.
Also all riders will receive goodies from Secret Training! Worth over £5.50
The 2017 Springtime Classic Cyclosportive event has it all. It really is the must do cycling event to test your early season fitness on the bike.
There's three routes to choose from and you can change which route you do on the day.
We urge you to enter as soon as possible & to take advantage group entry discount.
Entering the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive on-line also means you will get the 10% loyalty discount for the Brighton to Brighton cyclosportive in September 2017.
Go to our entry page to enter
Groombridge Hill now renamed Col du Groombridge
The route sets out on some lovely roads around Sussex, traveling over the stunning wooded areas of Ashdown Forest. If you are doing the Classic route at 71 miles the route travels in to parts of Kent and Surrey. There are five notabile hilly sections on the routes with the main hills and descents being :-
Pillow Mounds Hill.
First you have to cross a ford before stating this first real test on the Springtime Classic.
Know locally as the WALL this hill is a sit in the saddle type of hill and grovel for most riders.
Now renamed the Col du Groombridege only the Classic Route riders tackle this hill. It has no run up and should be given respect if you want to save some energy in your legs for the rest of the ride.
Cob Lane Hill
The infamous Cob Lane Hill with its 20% gradient is a cycling shoe cleat wrecker as many are forced to walk this part of the course with its extra gravity.
We recommend that riders save some energy and strength in the legs for this hill as you don't want to walk the walk of shame. Cob Lane is a regular place for the official event photographers Avelo Images to take a picture of you enjoying the event !
The final set of really testing hills are the Ardingly reservior hills near Balcombe which is rapidly becoming a hot spot for the fracking Industry which is looking for for shale gas in the area. Hopefully your legs won't be to fracked by the time you get to these hills. A feed station in Ardingly just before these hills should help.
There are some great descents on the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive, two notable descents are :-
Colemans Hatch Road
This descent is probably the most secnic on route traveling through Ashdown Forest it has some great views of the surrounding countryside.
Blackdown Hill Road
This road goes down for 3 miles before an incline and then anohter drop of about a mile or more. It's a lovely descent and surrounded by some lovely parts of Ashdown Forest. It takes fast riders over 9 min to descend. It's a real treat and a great chance to take a drink from your bidon and eat some food from your back pocket to make ready and be prepared for what lies ahead.
For more information about these major hills and descents on the Springtime classic Cyclosportive go to the individual ride details top right of this page.
Ride with GPS phone app
We are urging everybody this year to download the route maps on to their phones using the Ride with GPS app. We will as usual be supplying paper maps when you sign on at the HQ on the morning of the event, but we think this app is a great way to make sure everybody feels confident on which way to go.
You hopefully won't need to use this app or your GPS bike computer to find your way around as arrows will be placed every mile and numerous arrows will point riders in the right direction at turn points.
Map Downloads For Your Bike Computer
Details on how to download the route maps on to your Garmin or other bike computer can be found in the individual route discriptions at the top of the right hand column of this website.
Please read the "Entry Pack" page which gives you all the important information you need to take part in the event.
The Entry Pack page will be updated one week before the event to make sure all riders have up to date info. Click here to go to the the Entry Pack Page
Should you still need further information please don't hesitate to contact us.
SPRINGTIME CLASSIC 2011 VIDEO
Fast Signing on in the morning.
Choice of 3 routes, riders can change route they do on the day if they like.
All routes comprehensively marked with arrows
Map and emergency number available to riders when signing on.
Four Feed Stations for the Classic Route 71 miles
All feed stations have toilets
All feed stations have free energy food for riders
All feed stations have free savory foods for riders
All feed stations have energy drink for riders
Mechanics available on route
All riders are electronically timed and Gold, Silver, or Bronze standards are awarded.
All riders are awarded certificates for their rides which are downlodable from SI Entries
Free Continental inner tube for all riders
Free snack meal to enjoy along with cycling films after the ride.
Massage available from Hazel Crowley Sport therapist associates HCSTA £6 a session.
Broom wagon available
Showers and changing rooms if you need them after the event.
Reduced entry to other events SRS Events organise.
Free water bottle with energy powered and a gel from Secret Training
This cyclosportive event always proves to be a good test of early season fitness and determination for most cyclists.
All events are timed using the SPORTident timing system. Click on the links on the right of this page to find out more information on the individual routes.
Video of the 2009 version of this events below.
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Raise funds for our official event charity partners
You don't have to raise funds for charity to take part in the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive but here is something you might be interested in.
The official charity partners for the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic Cyclosportive are 'Helping Rhino's' charity and the 'Sussex Heart Charity.'
When you raise over £100 for either of these two charities using the Just Giving page set up, we will refund your entry fee after the event. Click on one of he charity logos below and start setting up your Just Giving funding page to raise funds online.
Click on either of the banners below to go to the specific charity Just Giving page.
The Springtime Classic Cyclosportive created and organised by SRS Events manages to achieve high levels of rider participants and there's a route to suite most abilities.
We do our utmost to make sure everybody gets a great ride. The events are created by a team of people that love cycling and genuinely want everybody to enjoy the events SRS Events creates.
A lot of sweat and some tears goes into making sure things go smoothly for all participants on the day of the event. Which is why it is so appreciated when participants write back to us or blog about our events in a positive way. It means a lot to us, to get so much praise and we must be doing something right to have so many riders who keep coming back to ride the Springtime Classic Cyclosportive and other cycling events we organise. Below are just some of the comments from the Cyclosport.org site.
We aren't resting on our laurals, we continue to create exciting cycling events and trips abroad. In 2017 we have a few new events for riders to enjoy so keep an eye on our website.
SRS Events are masters at putting on sportives. Everything about the organisation of the event was friendly, smooth and professional, as always.
Excellent, well organised extremely enjoyable event. Thanks
Great event, I found myself on my own for an hour so was grateful at how good the signage was!! Looking forward to the Eastbourne Ride!
Awesome event remember it being tuff 3 years ago mental note to self must train harder next time
Great event, helped by the good weather for time of year. Some hard climbs but with great descents. Great route.
Richardincrawley wrote: can;t really fault it. signing on quick and stress free. great (if hard ) course.certificate with name and time on ten seconds after handing timing chip in was particularly impressive.
As always very well organised and supported, have taken part in 4 events now from this venue and really enjoy the whole experience, look forward to the Rumble in August.
Well run, interesting course ( pity about the potholes ), incredibly efficient timing and a few competitive groups to try and hang onto. Big thank you to all.
Liam N wrote:
My first event really only done to accompany my 13 year old son. He completed the challenge to help with his fund raising for a trip to Uganda in October. We really enjoyed the day! a great route and looking forward to doing another.
A fun (but challenging!) and exceptionaly well organised sportive with enthusiastic marshals and support. A huge range of foods at the foodstops. And loos at the food stops too. Well marked and well planned route with lots of lovely country lanes. As soon as you complete the course you get your time and a certificate along with a free hot drink and post ride pasta. Totally recommend this sportive.
Kevin Corrigan wrote:
Extremely enjoyable day. As an event organiser (running) I appreciate the challenges that are presented in respect of running any event. I thought that the organising team did an exceptional job, particularly in respect of the pre event communications and the signage on the day. The route sheets, whilst useful, were not necessary. Minor gripe only would be about the toilets (or lack of at the HQ). However, I appreciate that everything has to achieve a cost balance. Well done to all concerned, I will be entering future events.
Excellent, well-organised, professional cyclosportive with a high "feel-good" factor. Testing course with a lot of climbing but very attractive, especially in the fine weather conditions we enjoyed on the day. Would do this again and other sportives organised by SRS events.
Bam nolan wrote:
well run event, good signs and plenty of them... Nice bacon rolls before the start that were only a quid :) good atmosphere at the finish with free hot drinks and rolls and large screen cycling films. Will definitely do more SRS events ( done one previously).