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RIDE WITH US Gatwick Store Ride

With the festive period over we’d like to invite you to join us for a free to enter ride from our Gatwick Head Office. We’ve chosen two route options and whilst these won’t be waymarked we’ll publish GPS files and provide maps to make navigation easier. You are free to complete the ride at your own pace or for those that would like to ride with others we’ll have some of our staff riding at various different paces and you're welcome to ride in a group with them.…

Looking ahead to RIDE IT 2019

With a successful 10th year firmly under the belt in 2018 we were never going to just sit back and relax. We take a brief look at some of the highlights from our upcoming RIDE IT 2019 event calendar.…

RIDE IT 2018 Lookback

In 2018 RIDE IT reached a major milestone in its history as we celebrated our tenth anniversary. It feels like we’ve come a long way from that first event back in 2008 which saw a handful of riders join us for a ride from our Gatwick head office with that event evolving over the years to become the King of The Downs that now regularly attracts over 1,000 riders each year.…

RIDE IT Hampshire 2018

Saturday MTB Ride - Now in its fourth year, this winter off-road gem is not to be missed! Starting just south of Basingstoke, we're straight out into the beautiful Hampshire countryside enjoying a myriad of trails. It's one of our flatter rides that should allow riders to get a decent pace going whilst keeping warm in the December air! A sprinkling of valley inclines make this a great winter challenge, whilst open farmland and wooded sections should please all types of off-road rider. Sunday Sportive - Starting just south of Basingstoke, we’re perfectly set up for a great day in the saddle. After leaving the event centre, we’re quickly out into the countryside and enjoying a seasonal spin that should keep you warm in the December air! The route is mostly undulating and is one of the flatter rides of the series, but will still throw up a credible 4,600 ft of climbing (long route). Riders will head east and then south along quiet country lanes before skirting the South Downs for the return leg. …

RIDE IT Thetford Sportive 2018

Our penultimate event of 2018 sees us returning to Thetford Forest for a mix of both fully on road cycle sportive routes as well as two cyclocross friendly sportive cross routes which take in a mixture of tarmac, bridleways and byways. The terrain isn't too challenging for the winter months so it should be ideal for keeping your fitness ticking over as we head towards the festive period. Information in this post relates to the road sportive, separate rider information is available for those taking part in the Sportive Cross rides. …

RIDE IT Theford CX Sportive Cross 2018

Our penultimate event of 2018 sees us returning to Thetford Forest for a mix of both fully on road cycle sportive routes as well as two cyclocross friendly sportive cross routes which take in a mixture of tarmac, bridleways and byways. The terrain isn't too challenging for the winter months so it should be ideal for keeping your fitness ticking over as we head towards the festive period. Information in this post relates to the CX sportive cross rides, separate rider information is available for those taking part in the road sportive rides.…

RIDE IT Leicester Sportive 2018

For our third visit to the area, we’ve teamed up with Cycling Mallory, an exciting new organisation devoted to all things cycling. Based from the impressive Mallory Park in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside, we’re ideally setup for a great day’s riding. Not only is this a fantastic location to start a ride, all participants will get a couple of laps on the motor circuit included in the entry fee! Once you’ve warmed up on the track, it’s straight out into the countryside for an autumn-winter road fest. The routes are fairly flat with undulating sections but a great chance to clock up some end of year miles. Quiet country lanes form the most part and make for a fantastic day in the saddle, whether you’re taking on the 30, 50 or 70 mile option. Once you’ve burnt enough calories to start thinking about the following month’s festivities, head back to the event centre for a finishing warm down lap and hot chocolate.…

A Guide to the King of the Downs Climbs

In 2019 our epic King of the Downs sportive will return for another year to challenge riders with a true test of cycling endurance on a 115 mile route taking you through the Surrey hills, North Downs, Ashdown Forest and Kent ticking off 10 killer climbs along the way.…

RIDE IT Sussex Sportive Cross

A new addition to our series for 2018 the RIDE IT Sussex Sportive Cross see's us partnering with Crawley Wheelers to host alongside the Ardingly round of the Cyclo-cross National Trophy. Join us for a mixed terrain CX sportive in the morning including a chance to test your skills with a starting lap on the National Trophy Cyclo-cross course then watch the elite riders race in the afternoon after your ride. Our sportive cross course includes a mix of lanes, cycle tracks and bridleways so is suitable for MTB, cyclocross, adventure road bikes with tyres that can handle some off road riding.…

RIDE IT Biggin Hill 2018

An established fixture on the RIDE IT calendar, and ever popular with riders, this is a great way to clock up the miles before the winter really sets in. Saturday MTB Ride - Local bridleways take our riders up to the North Downs, where trails lead into climbs up to the Ridge; superb far-reaching views await riders at the top. Wooded trails and potentially tricky tracks await (dependent on the British weather system!), with some exhilirating descents to keep you alert. This is a great Autumn challenge full of ups and downs, and should offer a ride length for all types of off-road cyclist. Sunday Sportive - We start in Biggin Hill and are instantly out into the country touring some of the best country lanes through Kent. The North Downs feature heavily on this ride, alongside some swooping descents and tricky climbs, including Toys Hill and Titsey Hill. This is a tough ride but the climbing is rewarded with quick descents and far-reaching views which will make all the efforts worthwhile. This event has sold out for the previous 4 years, so please be aware that on the day entries are unlikely to be available…