In addition to our regular RIDE IT cycling events 2019 will see the introduction of the new RIDE IT Challenge Series featuring four events designed for riders who are looking to challenge themselves on a longer route distance with all the events offering the chance to tick off a century ride. Here we take a look at some of the finer details.
Like our already popular RIDE IT events the Challenge Rides will have choice of fully waymarked routes, well stocked feed stations sponsored by High 5 Sports Nutrition, mechanical and sweeper van support if things go wrong and electronic chip timing to record your ride.
In addition, the events will also have a unique event specific finishers medal, goody bag and there will be post ride food waiting for you at the end all included in your entry. The two events during July will also include a large outdoor screen so you can catch up on the latest Tour De France action whist recovering with your post ride food.
The four rides that make up the Challenge Series are:
The Milton Keynes 100 Sportive
The National Bowl, Saturday 18th May 2019
RIDE IT has been a regular visitor to the roads around Milton Keynes but with the new Milton Keynes 100 offering new route options with the choice of either 100 mile or 100km century rides.
Starting from the National Bowl on the outskirts of Milton Keynes we soon leave the modern buildings and roundabouts and head into the surrounding countryside. The ride is the flattest of the 4 challenge rides with lots of long straights for you to pick up a good pace and making it ideal for your first century ride of the 2019 season. Don’t be fooled though, it’s not completely flat and there are a few climbs that will challenge tired legs including Aldbury Hill on both the 100km and 100 mile routes where the gradient peaks at just over 10% whilst the 100 mile ride also climbs up to Ringshall along with a sneaky little climb out of Lidlington.
As well as the 100 mile and 100km route options there is also a shorter route option which is well suited to those looking to spend less time in the saddle but still get a taste for the riding this area has to offer.
The King of The Downs Sportive
Evans Cycles Gatwick Head Office, Sunday 9th June 2019
Already a well-established fixture on the sportive calendar our King of The Downs ride returns for another year to join our other challenge rides. It’s the toughest of the four rides and provides a true test of cycling endurance with the full distance a 115 mile route taking you via 10 featured climbs through the Surrey hills, North Downs, Ashdown Forest and Kent.
The full route consists of two separate loops and all 10 featured climbs but for riders who don’t want to take on the full distance we’re also offering two half distance route options each featuring five featured climbs.
The west loop (which is ridden first on the 115 mile ride) is probably the easier of the two and contains the first five climbs including Leith Hill, Combe Lane and Box hill whilst the east loop contains the final five climbs including Kidds Hill (aka The Wall), Yorks Hill and Titsey Hill.
The Leeds 100 Sportive
Harewood House, Sunday 7th July 2019
Leeds has frequently been a stop on the RIDE IT calendar over the past years but for 2019 we move to a new summer date with all new route options that will give riders the chance to bag a century ride whilst sampling some of the roads that will feature when Yorkshire hosts the UCI World Championship later in the year.
As you might expect the area offers some challenging cycling terrain with the full route featuring two climbs that appear in the UK’s 100 Greatest Cycling Climb, first Greenhow Hill with gradients up to 18% in places and then Norwood Edge which is slightly easier as it only hits around 16% on the steep section!
As well as the 100 mile and 100km route options there is also a shorter route option that still includes some hills but is well suited to those looking to spend less time in the saddle but still get a taste for the riding this area has to offer.
The Cheshire 100 Sportive
Arley Hall, Sunday 21st July 2019
For our Cheshire 100 ride we have a contrasting choice of 100km or 100 mile route options both starting from the grounds of the Arley Hall Estate but offering some very different terrain.
The 100km route is mainly flat or gently rolling as it winds its way through country lanes on the Cheshire Plains passing both Tatton Park and Dunham Massey Deer Park along the way before returning back to the finish. Whilst the 100 mile route is not only longer but heads away from the Cheshire Plains and on to some much more challenging terrain on the edge of the Peak District. There’s a chance to test your legs on Blaze Hill as the big feature climb but also plenty of other hills as we head through Macclesfield Forest before starting to head back past Alderley Edge and a relatively fast and flat run in across the Cheshire Plains to the finish.