BEACON ROULEUR CYCLOSPORTIVE
What a route, beautiful country roads in Sussex with the iconic hill of Ditchling Beacon to start with !
The Beacon Rouleur is a real test for any fit cyclist. The route starts off very hard with the climbs of Ditchling Beacon and Coombe Road and Bear Road in Brighton. After these tough climbs the route heads out to the coast road where riders can get glimpses of the English Channel before heading back inland and the first feed station at 25 miles.
Flatter faster roads where riders can increase their average speed reside after passing through the outskirts of Lewes ....... and then as they say the ride really starts!
While riders of other routes will be peeling off to take short cuts back to the finish, classic riders will be carrying on on a beautiful route out to Rushlake Green where the climb of Marklye lane resides. After a few more miles riders stop in Mayfield for a well earned feed stop at the 60 mile mark. There is 33 miles to go after the Mayfield feed stop and riders will enjoy the picturesque route back through Castle wood and Hadlow down. One more feed station is available at Framfield where last bit of energy can be taken on board for the final 20 miles where time can be made up on the flater roads back to the finish.
Four feed station are on route to make sure you have enough energy to get to the finish
Feed stop 1 @ 25 miles
Feed stop 2 @ 45 miles
Feed stop 3 @ 60 miles timing stop
Feed stop 4 @ 73 miles
Feed stop 3 at Mayfield is the timing stop where all Classic route riders have to stop to log in their timing chip. You don't have to stop at the other feed stops if you don't want to, but if you do you will be given a split time for each stop.
Each time you stop will obviously add extra time to your ride so if you are aiming for a gold standard then you should be aware of the time you are looking to finish in to achieve that standard for your age group, see below.
Distance 92.9 miles
Elevation 6843 ft
Maximum Gradient 21.9%
|Men under 18||6h 20 min||7hr 00 min||8 .5 hours|
|Women under 18||6hr 40 min||7 hr 20 min||8.5 hours|
|Men 18 - 39||5hr 40 min||6 hr 00 min||8.5 hours|
|Women 18 - 39||5hr 55 min||6 hr 35 min||8.5 hours|
|Men 40 - 49||6hr 00 min||6hr 40 min||8.5 hours|
|Women 40 - 49||6hr 10 min||6hr 50 min||8.5 hours|
|Men 50 - 59||6hr 20 min||7hr 00 min||8.5 hours|
|Women 50 - 59||6hr 30 min||7hr 10 min||8.5 hours|
|Men 60 & over||6hr 40 min||7hr 20 min||8.5 hours|
|Women 60 & over||6hr 50 min||7hr 30min||8.5 hours|
You must finish by 5.00pm
All riders must finish by 5pm if you are still riding at after 4.30pm the broom wagon will be giving you the option of getting a lift back to the HQ if it looks like you aren't going to make it back by 5pm.