What more could you ask for in a bike ride – the beautiful countryside of Kent, coupled with some big hills to get your legs screaming. The Kent Climber will take place on the 22nd of July 2018.
We’ve put together four leg busting loops to give your early season training something to aim for. With the warmer, longer days upon us, this ride will enable you to stretch your goals and really push yourself to the limit.
The route starts out from Lingfield College, Kent. You’ll be set off on your journey around the Chilterns where the bird watchers among you will be guaranteed to spot a Red Kite or two. You won’t be looking at the sky for too long though, as you’ll need your bike skills to navigate round the flowing curves and breathtaking descents that this ride will throw at you.
The routes take in iconic climbs synonymous with this region, where you’ll be taken through areas such as Chinnor, Bledlow Ridge, Great Hampden and Princes Risborough to name a few, where the medium and long routes will take on the mighty Whiteleaf climb (as featured in the 100 greatest climbs book) as well as experiencing the exhilarating descent of Kop Hill. All routes will have to tackle Chinnor Hill before having a well deserved cup of tea at the feed stop at Bledlow Ridge.
Online pre-entry allows you to get this event in your diary and is the easiest way to secure your place. Numbers are limited for this event and you will be saving yourself an admin fee if you enter on-line rather than paying on the day. On-line pre-entry will also allow you to turn up on the day and just collect your entry pack without the hassle of filling in forms, registering and queuing up.
We may have to close registration on the day if the event reaches its capacity so it is best to pre enter on-line to avoid disappointment.
Although only 35 miles long, this ride also climbs over 2400ft of climbing – so don’t think your in for an easy ride. This great route is for the beginner looking to stretch their ability and push their boundaries. The route takes in beautiful countryside that you’ll be able to take in at a slower pace then the other longer routes and look forward to some cheese and crackers.
Not opting for the hardest ride? You certainly won’t feel short changed when it comes to elevation and climbing. Yes – we’ve designed this course so you’ll be able to take in most of the climbing of the longer route and feel the accomplishment of seeing more than 4000ft over 52miles once you’ve logged it on Strava. With five Category 5 climbs and four category 4 climbs you’ll certainly deserve a few jelly beans.
Completing this route will be an achievement for even the most seasoned rider. Also if you can’t quite face the thought of over 7000 feet of climbing then this is the route for you. You ascend up sweeping roads with breathtaking crests. You’ll certainly get to use your skills as you tackle this more technical route. Don’t worry though, you’ll have our famous feed stations to keep you going should some of those climbs leave you flagging!
This 100 mile route will certainly not be for those who’ve had a slow start to the season. If you are ready for this in May, then you’ll be on course for a great season. The route will take you up over approximately 7000ft of climbing which includes one of the 100 greatest climbs. Don’t worry too much, as your mind will be taken off the 11 categorised climbs by some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK. The route starts out fairly flattish over the first half of the course, getting you warmed up, but the sting in the tail will have you turning to the homemade flapjacks to see you over the Kent Climbs!
[/wpcol_1third_end]Please note – routes may be subject to slight changes due to unforeseen conditions at the time of the event.
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On the Day
Sign on and collect your pack which will include your timing chip, number and map.
Get your free energy product.
Head to the start line where you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.
Toilets and changing room facilities are available.
The event will start from 8.30 am.
Start time will depend on the route you are riding – please see the important info page.
Appox 20 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.
We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the day.
Once you complete the ride, make sure you report back to one of our team at the finish line. We’ll make sure your time is recorded. If you do not report back, you may be presumed lost and emergency services may be called.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Failing to do so will result in refused entry.
Enjoy the ride!