One of the newest events on the UK sportive calendar, Velo South, has just released details of the full route, with a series of challenging climbs to tackle along the picturesque Sussex course.
The inaugural edition of the 100-mile event will take place on September 23, with one of its big selling points that it takes place on completely closed roads – the Prudential RideLondon is the only other traffic-free, UK-based sportive. In fact, we gave you five other reasons as to why we think it’s the best new event on this year’s sportive calendar.
The ride, which packs in 1,700m of climbing, is open to 15,000 participants, but all places were originally snapped up when they were released back in March.
It’s not too late to take part though. The organiser has just made some more spaces available on a first-come-first-served basis, so there’s still the chance to take part in the Sussex Downs ride.
Starting and finishing at the legendary Goodwood Motor Circuit, participants will spend the first 10 miles gently climbing their way up to the villages of Upwaltham and East Lavington before a sharp twisting descent into Duncton, which is followed by 30 miles of relatively flat roads through the South Downs.
From the 40-mile point, there is the odd punchy climb on the route, but it is towards the end that things will get tough. The first of the biggies is Coombe Hill – a challenging ascent at the 80-mile mark that will reward riders with far reaching views of the South Downs National Park.
The next and final climb of the day – Harting Hill – just five miles later is the tougher of the two though; an average gradient of 6.7 per cent – including an 18.3 per cent stint at its steepest – has led Velo South to nominate it as its King & Queen of the mountain climb.
As they say, what goes up has to come down, and the final 15 miles are mainly downhill and flat, coming to an end with riders completing a lap of the iconic race track before taking the chequered flag at the finish line.
For more information about how you can snap up one of the last remaining entries for this year’s inaugural event, and to find an interactive map of the route, visit velosouth.com