RIDE IT King of the Downs Sportive 2019

Hi All.
Welcome to the 2019 RIDE IT King of the Downs Sportive, now in it’s 10th year, still going strong and challenging 1000’s of riders a year!

Please read below so that you get the best out of your day.

Firstly Please BRING YOUR HELMET TO REGISTRATION. You will not be able to register without it and will have to go back to your car. It might be a long queue to waste your time in and then get turned away!


By Car

The event is at our Crawley HQ. There is no parking on site but we have local roads and a few designated parking area, We also have a field over the road to park in which will keep you all within a stones throw of the event centre. There is only one entrance so please be careful when entering by car/bike/foot.

Event Centre address

Evans Cycles
Camino Park
James Watt Way
RH10 9TZ

By Train

The nearest train station is Gatwick.

There is a cyclepath that runs parallel to the dual carriage way. Here’s a guide


Registration will be in the big Marquee outside our HQ.

Saturday afternoon

This year we are running a Pre-registration session on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. This is open to all riders on any ride, so come along and have a bit more of a lie in on Sunday. As we are setting up there is no official parking and we will have equipment/van/staff all over the place so please take care to only enter the marquee for registration. It is vital that you bring your helmet, if you don’t have it you can’t register.

You can not register for anyone else, each rider must come to registration in person.

On Sunday you can either drop in for your free breakfast or just go straight to the start.


Full ( Long )route riders can register from 5am to 8am ( I know 5am is early but that’s the best time to avoid the queues – if everyone turns up at 7.55am you are all going to be waiting a long time!!)

West and East Loop  ( Short and Medium) route riders can register from 8am to 9am ( In order for us to process the Full route riders please do not try and enter before this)

At registration you will receive a pack with your maps, rider number, cable ties and a raffle ticket. We will attach your timing chip to your helmet ( Which you have bought as per the instructions) so all you need to do is put your number on your bike with the cable ties.  If you entered more than 8 weeks in advance you will get your filled High 5 bottle at this point

Bag Storage

You can leave bags with us at registration but as we do not look after them we do not accept and responsibility for them.


Take your raffle ticket to the food tent for free breakfast. This will consist of Cereal, toast with various spreads and baked beans. There is tea, coffee and orange juice available. All this food is subject to availability as we have a spread of food, not 1500 portions of each.


There are loos in both units and in portable loos between the units. If you are in a queue there is probably a free toilet in the other places ( based on 9 years of seeing people wait whilst there are unused loos next door! )


We will have a selection of FWE clothing, glasses, lights and tubes at reduced prices – generally at 30% off Original RRP.


These are in the other carpark, just follow the signs. Us British love a queue! Please can you not be polite and queue in single file. We need you to squeeze up as much as possible to get as many of you into the starts as possible, so if there is a gap in front of you jump in there.


Full ( Long) 6am to 8am

West and East ( Short and Medium ) 8am to 9.30am ( The East is showing as 10am on the web but that’s an hour after last registration so you shouldn’t need this long to get to the start )

This is probably a good time to remind you THIS IS NOT A RACE. There are no prizes, no positions and times are given in a non sortable format in chip number order. Your category is based on route length and will include Old, young, fast, slow, riders on MTBs and hybrids, riders who stop at drink stations and ones who don’t, fast riders riding with their slow mates and a whole host of other combinations. Any “comparison” is not really going to be any real indication of “how you did”.

Our overriding aim is to get you all out on a fantastic ride in the countryside and then back safely for dinner with your family on Sunday night. Please help us to do this by riding within the Highway code and respecting other road users. Just because you are on an event does not give you the right to jump lights, over take cars waiting to overtake other riders ( I’ve had someone try to overtake me in a LWB van on a country lane on a blind bend – that’s suicidal and not really worth dying for!!) and not stop at junctions. If I see you doing anything stupid, I will ban you from the event and any other Evans RIDE IT


As the ride takes place on public and private roads that we don’t have exclusive use of these for the event. Please be look out for other  users particularly horse riders who may be using the lanes in this area. Make them aware of your presence and pass wide and slow should you encounter any. The leaflet below from the BHS gives lots of useful advice for both cyclists and horse riders and we would recommend all riders have a read through before the ride. Click on the image to download a pdf version of the leaflet.

BHS Cyclist and Horse Rider Code of Conduct



The roads are like any other in England at the moment in that they might have potholes or uneven sections. Obviously we can’t mark every one of these so it’s your responsibility to keep an eye on the road ahead. If you are riding in a group and see a hole/bump then please shout out  to those following. If there is anything we feel is out of the ordinary we will mark it up so if you see Slow or Caution sign then be prepared


No one likes to think about things going wrong but accidents can happen and we think it’s important that riders understand their own responsibilities. All our events have public liability insurance in place that covers Evans Cycles and the actions of it’s staff, it doesn’t cover you for your own actions or for actions of other third parties. In simple terms that means if you cause an accident that is found to be your fault you are personally responsible for any injury to yourself or others and for any damage to yours of other peoples property. Sorry if that all sounds a bit heavy, we want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable ride so please ride sensibly, control your speed and don’t take unnecessary risks.

We recommend all riders have their own insurance arrangements in place to cover such accidents. If you ride regularly and are concerned about your own insurance cover you’ll find British Cycling or CTC membership can offer you some protection


The Full ( Long) route will be closed down at 12midday. Please do not attempt to ride the route after this as the arrows, drink stations and support will be removed. If you leave at 8am, the latest you can, you need to reach this point by averaging 14mph. From 12midday everyone will need to keep up 14mph average to get back to the finish before 5pm when we are closed. So, if you left at 6am and only get there at 12, then I’d suggest calling it a day as it only gets harder!! We know it’s open roads but cars are parked in a farmers field and he will be blocking the exit with a big log at 6pm so we need you all back and out of there by then.

There is a full guide to the routes and hills HERE

West Loop 85km/54miles      Elevation 1310mtrs/4323ft

East Loop 100km/62miles  Elevation 1515mtrs/5000ft

Full loop ( West loop then East loop) 186km/116miles Elevation 2800mtrs/9420ft


On the course there are a number of feed stops (how many depends on your route distance) and all food and drink at the feed stops is included in your entry. The feed stops are sponsored by High 5 Sports Nutrition and will have High 5 Energy Drink and High 5 Energy Gels or High 5 Energy Bars as well as selection of regular food such as cake, flapjack, jelly beans, bananas, peanuts, crisps, etc.

For advice on nutrition for before, during and after your ride click on the guide below from High 5 –

RIDE IT High 5 Nutrition Guide

All drink stations are stocked with – Cake, Flapjack, jelly beans, Bananas, nuts, tortillas, High 5 gels, High5 drink and water.

All drink stations have loos.

There is one drink station on the Half ( medium) route and 3 on the Full ( Long) route. The distances are the same for both routes so:-

Feed station 1 – West and Full

Albury Cricket Club

Distance 24miles

Feed Station 2 – Full only

Back near the event centre. Unlike previous years we have moved the drink station near base, just by the closed catering van on the left as you approach the venue. We will move a loo out there but please DO NOT come back to the main event area with your helmet on. If you pass anywhere near the timing tent your time will stop.

Distance 55miles

Feed station 3 – East and Full

Top of Yorks Hill

Full distance 90miles ( This is a long stretch from DS 2 so make sure you fill up ! We will have a splash and dash drink station with water and high 5 gels around the 20 -25mile mark)

East distance 35miles

High5 litter exchange

Nobody likes litter and one of the most frequent comments we get from locals is about the gel and bar wrappers left after events. We do sweep our courses and, to be honest, we don’t find too much, but to be extra sure we are now running a littler exchange. Quite simply, bring back your old bar/gel/rubbish, put it in the litter exchange bin after the ride and receive a free gel. The countryside stays clean, the locals are happy and you get a gel – everyone’s a winner!


When you finish, please WALK back through the timing tent. We need to ask you questions and give you a goody bag, so please obey the signs and keep my staff and equipment safe.

You will be find another raffle ticket in the goody bag that will allow you to get a burger or a big hotdog from the food tent along with drinks.

Please note – hot food finishes at 5pm. We will try and keep things going for anyone arriving after this time but I can’t promise food.

The event centre will be closed at 5pm so please make sure you are able to make it back for then. We will be on site until about 7pm clearing up but the food and timing system will be stopped at this time.


PROVISIONAL GPX files are HERE  Please note, we have not set up the route yet so there may be some changes. If there are, we will update them on Saturday evening before 7pm.


There will be photographers out on the ride who will be snapping you gurning up the hills. The link will be sent in the post event email on Monday/Tuesday and on the Facebook page for the event.


Will be available on Monday afternoon/night from HERE

Hope you enjoy the day

Any questions, please email Dean.Stacey@evanscycles.com


Steve 7/06/2019

“The Full ( Long) route will be closed down at 12midday. Please do not attempt to ride the route after this as the arrows, drink stations and support will be removed”

To clarify, you mean after midday you will begin to remove along the route, not that we have finish by midday?

    Mark Gregory 7/06/2019

    Yes, that’s the cut off time to have started the second loop on the long route not the time you have to have finished by. From midday we’ll start removing signage following behind the last riders but won’t overtake riders and remove any signs in front of them.

Ian Reynolds 7/06/2019

Are the gpx files the same as last year? I did it last year so won’t need to download them to my garmin if the route is unchanged.

    Dean Stacey 8/06/2019

    Hi Ian.

    Enough not to worry about downloading new ones.


Paul valenti 8/06/2019

Hi I’ve booked up the medium ride but I was intending to ride it with my two sons are doing the long ride and they are intending to leave before 7o’clock but I see I cannot get my registration to after eight is it possible I can still go with them for before 8 o’clock probably about 7 o’clock Many thanks Paul Valenti

    Dean Stacey 8/06/2019

    Hi Paul

    It’s not ideal as there are no chips/numbers out for the shorter route until 8am so it might detract the guys on registration doing the full riders.
    See how they are doing and they will accommodate you if they can.

Mike Robeson 9/06/2019

Another superbly organised King of the Downs event today. 184km really only tells half the story of the full route. The climbs in the South Downs were particularly testing. York’s Hill, will live long in the memory. Many thanks to all at Evans

M 10/06/2019

Thanks for a great event. Done a few of the KODs now; York Hill doesn’t get easier but the organisation is pretty darn smooth. The smell of BBQ when rolling back to the finish is just special – in a good way.


David Pringle 13/06/2019

This is really useful information. A shame I didn’t get this before the event, as we had major problems finding the cycle route down from Gatwick rail station. (Note, I didn’t received any emails beyond the original entry confirmation).

We ended up starting late, missed the cut-off time for the full route, but did most of it anyway (peeled off to Purley after hill 10).

Given the limited number of trains on a Sunday morning, can I suggest you move everything back by 30 mins, so the cut-off times are 12.30 and 17.30 for the full route.

In any case, thank you for the thorough signposting and the well-stocked feed stations.


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