20 Classic Sportive Rides in South East England

20 Classic Sportive Rides in South East England

By: Colin Dennis (author)Paperback

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This guidebook offers 20 sportive cycling routes in the best cycling areas of south east England. The training rides range between 60 and 117km (37 to 73 miles) in length, and offer a wide range of challenge, from flat routes for pacing training, to tough, hilly routes to climb. The 20 sportive routes are found in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Kent, Surrey and East Sussex, a collection from near Oxford down to the south coast by Bournemouth and Portsmouth. From the Surrey and Chiltern Hills to the New Forest and South Downs, there are miles of cycle-friendly roads suitable for sportive training. All 20 routes are graded for difficulty and include timings, ascent, food-stops and access information, as well as annotated route maps and clear route descriptions. Sportive cycling is a growing sport, and this guide provides routes for experienced riders and those new to this sport. Useful information on bike maintenance and equipment, to travelling around the areas with your bike and advice on accommodation is also included. The result is a sportive guidebook that will prepare you for the challenges ahead, and allow you to explore the best cycling the south-east has to offer.

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Colin Dennis' passion for cycling has taken him all over the UK and Europe, both leading expeditions and for personal pleasure. Plotting, planning and escaping to new locations, his work as both freelance copywriter and cycle guide provides a happy balance at home and work. Colin is never happier than when he's struggling up a steep climb behind a group, usually covered in mud!


Introduction About Sportives The south east of England Getting there and getting around When to go Accommodation On the road Safety Emergencies Equipment Bike maintenance The rules of the road Maps Navigation Feed Stations Using this guide Route 1: Rattle and Hum, Brockenhurst (New Forest) Route 2: Pony Express, Brockenhurst (New Forest) Route 3: Kings of Meon, Portsdown (Hampshire) Route 4: Top and Tail, QE Country Park (South Downs) Route 5: Windoverstoke, Andover (Hampshire) Route 6: The Gibbet, Hungerford (Berkshire) Route 7: Dragon Slayer, Hungerford (Berks/Wilts) Route 8: Isis, Reading (Berks/Oxon) Route 9: Devil's Highway, Theale (Berks/Hants) Route 10: The Hogs Back, Fleet (Hants/Surrey) Route 11: Mud, Sweat and Gears, Godalming (Surrey) Route 12: Surrey Hills, Headley (Surrey) Route 13: Reservoir Cogs, Redhill (Surrey/Sussex) Route 14: Park and Ride, Brighton (East Sussex) Route 15: Weald-a-Beast, Maidstone (Kent) Route 16: Battle Plan, Eastbourne (Sussex/Kent) Route 17: Merry Wives, Marlow (Bucks/Berks) Route 18: Wycombe Wanderer, Marlow (Bucks/Oxon) Route 19: Oxtail Loop, Kidlington (Oxon) Route 20: Ox and Bucks, Kidlington (Oxon/Bucks) Appendix A: Route summary table Appendix B: Bike shops and cycle repair outfits Normal 0 false false false EN-GB JA X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ Appendix C: Useful contacts

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  • publication date: 05/03/2015
  • ISBN13: 9781852847432
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9781852847432
  • weight: 150
  • ISBN10: 1852847433

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