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SPRINGTIME CLASSIC 2015

29th March 2015

RIDERS

To check that your entry has been received go to the SPORTident Entry List page by clicking on the button below.

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Postal entries will be added manually by SRS Events to the SI Entries  list 5 days before the event.

 

 

 

 

DOORS TO THE HQ OPEN 7.40AM at the HQ

Oakmeeds College is the HQ for this cyclosportive on the 29th March. Start times for Riders are listed below.  These are only a guide to cut down on queuing times for riders on the day.  You can start  any time between 8.30am and 9.30am.  All Classic 71 mile route riders are advised to queue at the start at 8.00am, to start as early as possible.

CLASSIC RIDERS 8.30AM

CHALLENGE RIDERS 8.45AM

TOUR RIDERS 9.00AM

 

For more information about  the Springtime Classic ie how to get to the HQ and other information needed to attend the Sportive please go to our entry pack page CLICK HERE

 

Please note this entry pack page will be updated with one week to go to the event and you will also be informed on this page if there are any last minute updates. After reading the Entry Pack Page if you need further information or feel that there is something else we can add to help riders don't hesitate to contact us.

 

Terrain

Lets call the terrain of the Springtime Classic somewhat changeable there are long stretches of flat and rolling terrain with some notable hills and descents on the three routes. Riders are reminded that cyclosportives are not races and all riders should follow the rules of the road and take care on descents and take caution on corners.

 

The Descents

 

Coleman's Hatch Hill

This a drop of 272 feet in 1.9 miles.  This is a fantastic descent which gives you time to eat and drink before the climb of Kidds Hill.  Some of the best views of the ride can be seen from this descent. Only Classic and Challenge riders go down this road.

 

 

Black Down Hill 

With out doubt a really great descent. This hill descend for 5.7 miles with a drop of 565 ft.

There is a descent of 3 miles which is just glorious then an incline to climb for about a mile and a half followed by another descent of around a mile.

This whole descent is again in the Ashdown Forest area and a real treat with views to savor as you descend on this part of the ride.

Only Classic and Challenge riders go down this road.

 

 

 

The Hills

 

PILLOW MOUNDS HILL

The first big test for all riders this hill is also a shock after riding relatively flat roads on route to this climb. It's a dead start ie not much of a run up to the start of the hill. Riders have to cross a small ford before starting this climb. This climb starts off hard but starts to level off half way up.

 

Climbed by all routes

KIDDS HILL

First thing to know before Kidds Hill there is a lovely descent down Colemans Hatch road which lasts around 2 miles. This descent is an excellent time to nock back some energy drink and have something to eat. Kidds hill is a tough climb, locally it is called "The Wall" for obvious reason. This is a sit in the saddle type of hill, where you save any out of the saddle climbing till the last few meters. Remember on the Springtime Classic what goes up must come down and there is a fantastic descent of Black Down Hill a few miles after this hill which last for over 2 miles.

 

 

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The Challenge and Classic route riders

 

GROOMBRIDGE HILL

This hill is only on the Classic route and as hills go we can say it's easier than Kidds Hill but if you feel any signs of weakness on this hill you will be wise to make sure you get plenty of food and drink at the Feed Station in Hever. 

 

Climbed only by the Classic route riders

 

 

COB LANE HILL

No apologies for this hill*as we believe all riders need to test their limits and Cob Lane is on route to do just that.  This short but steep climb has parts that are 20% in gradient and averages out at 16%. It is the steepest hill on route.  Infamous for its ability to make riders get off and walk "the walk of shame" to the pleasure of Avelo Images photographers who can be found taking picture of riders on this hill.

This hill is the main cleat breaker as many riders are forced to walk.  Save a bit of leg strength for this hill and you will make it.

 

* ok we are actually sorry but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger :-)

 

Climbed by all routes

 

ARDINGLY RESERVOIR HILLS

 

There are two main climbs around the Ardingly reservoir that riders should be aware of. With tired legs and still some way to go before you are enjoying that after ride meal at the HQ,  it's best to take it easy on these hills as time can be made up on the flater roads coming up back to Burgess Hill.

 

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