The Evans Cycles RideIt! crowning glory. The route covers the Surrey hills, North Downs, Ashdown Forest and Kent, and accumulates 9,000 ft of climbing on the 115 mile route. There is a 54 mile option available which promises to be just as inspiring.
The King of the Downs is a sportive of ten epic climbs.
The ride begins from Evans Cycles HQ in Gatwick, and notable climbs along the route include Leith Hill, The Wall (Kidd’s Hill) and Titsey Hill – and riders will see some of the best of the countryside along the way.
Not only is this an awesome ride that promises to test your legs and lungs, it’s also fantastic value.
Every entrant will receive a free pre-ride breakfast, and a cooked meal on they return. We’re working with High5 to keep riders fuelled, and there will be feedstations along the route, which will be well stocked with sweets, bananas, High5 products and cake.
Riders will all be supported along the route.
We will have mechanics on hand and there will be a broomwagon on the course. You’ll get a laminated map to take with you, to back up the way-marked route, and GPX files will be sent out to all riders the Thursday evening before the event, too.
Your completion time will be recorded electronically, and an event photographer will be out to capture your climbing face, too (because we all know that makes for the best shots).
On top of all that, we’ve put together some fantastic goodybags, which will include products from High5 and a cycling cap to remember the (hopefully sunny) day by.
Don’t let us do all the talking, though.
For some rider reviews, check out these reports of the half route and full route, and for a glimpse of what to expect, here is a video from the 2011 event.
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James Watt Way,
On the day*
Full route registration:
Full route starts:
Half route registration:
Half route starts:
05:00 - 08:00am
06:00 - 08:00am
08:00 - 10:00am
08:00 - 10:00am
Note: These are approximate distances and may vary slightly depending on the road conditions and weather on the day. If you wish to change the route distance, please tell a member of the RideIt! team on the day.
† 16 and under when accompanied by a full paying adult
*£2.50 surcharge for on the day entries.
**Course clearing begins at 10:45am however we will not overtake the last rider.
A cut-off time will be imposed for the long loop to ensure we are able to clear all of the signage. The cut-off time will be advised at registration and during your rider briefing.
Evans Cycles RideIt! organised rides are the best value rides in the country. Every event features:
• Mechanics and broomwagon at all events
• Free Garmin demo units
• Gore Bike Wear Demo at selected events
• GPS files published before the event
• Fully way marked routes and waterproof map
• Electronic timing and rider times published online
• Bike wash facilities at off-road events
• Well stocked High5 feed stations
• Free High5 RacePack if you sign up 4 weeks in advance, half price if you sign up 2 weeks in advance
This story was last updated on 17/05/2013