Box Hill Original Sportive

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Returning for another year, the Box Hill Original Sportive will be your last chance to ride this 100-mile course in 2020. With three routes to choose from, great rider reviews, and a finisher's medal, this event is just begging for you to sign up.
Participants
Standard, Short, and Epic
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Calendar
Sun, 4 Oct 2020
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Cranleigh, United Kingdom
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4.3
(1 Review)
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Where and when
Location
Cranleigh Showground, Cranleigh GU6 7DW, UK
Start times
Sun, 4 Oct 2020
Epic:
9:00am |
Standard:
9:00am |
Short:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Box Hill Original Sportive
Short
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31mi
£35.00
Standard
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75mi
£40.00
Epic
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100mi
£40.00
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Full route marking
  • Photos
  • Feed stops
  • Mechanical support
  • Post-race food and drink (available for purchase)
  • First aid
  • 3rd party rider public liability insurance
Train
How to get there
Cranleigh Showground, Cranleigh GU6 7DW, UK
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Event Venue:
Cranleigh Showground, Bookhurst Road, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7DW
Event day logistics
Please read through the Organiser's COVID procedure before race day:
Registration
If you have pre-entered via the web, phone or by post, go straight to the registration desk with your helmet and collect your registration pack, timing chip and map.
Once you are ready to ride, go to the start line.
Starting
Join the group of riders waiting to start.
The start marshals will start riders in groups at five minute intervals.
Listen to any instructions and route information the start marshals give. Once you are instructed to, you can start the ride.
Course Markings
Once you set off from the event centre the route will be marked with the use of arrow signs and marker ribbons. Arrow signs will be at all junctions on the route.
At certain points on the ride the routes will divide into the various, short, standard and epic routes. These route splits will be signposted – simply follow the signs for the particular route you have entered.
Although the routes are marked, we recommend that you keep an eye on your map. Although unlikely, it's entirely possible for riders to miss turnings or for members of the public to interfere with signs.
Checkpoints & drink station
Dependant on the length of the route you have entered there will be 1-3 checkpoint / feed stations. These are indicated on your event day map and are well signposted along the route.
Check Points are also an opportunity take on board some energy drink / food. This should supplement the food and drink you've taken on the ride, and you should not solely rely on this as your only form of nutrition.
Route clearing
Approx. 30 minutes after the last rider starts, our team riders will set out to clear the route. They will be removing all route signs and markings at this point. On some routes we also remove the course splits at certain times. This is to ensure all riders make it back to the finish on time. Slower riders expecting to ride the Epic route might find they only have the option to take the Standard route, if they are really behind schedule.
Our team riders will stay behind the last riders and assist anyone who may be having problems. They will aim to have all route markings removed and all riders finished by approx. 4:00pm. Riders taking too long to complete the route may be directed back via a shorter route if it is deemed necessary by our experienced riders.
Emergencies
You will find contact phone numbers on your map, registration packs and bike number. The phone numbers are for use in emergencies only. Please do not call these numbers for non emergency situations.
At the finish
When you complete your ride your time will be captured and displayed on our website after the event. This usually happens on the same evening of the event.
At the finish line, make sure your finish time is recorded by a member of the UK Cycling Events team.
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UK Cycling Events
We organise over 35 cycling events a year across Great Britain, as well as one in France, offering full medical and mechanical support. We plan our events in some of the most scenic locations we can find, while making sure the routes are perfectly suited for day in saddle. All of our cycling events have multiple routes of varying length and elevation. This is to cater for cyclist of all ages and abilities. Our cycling events aren't just about Road Sportives - we also organise a selection of Mountain Bike and Cyclocross events.
View more UK Cycling Events eventsExternalLink
Backpack
What to bring
Please remember to bring the following items with you:
Spares & repairs
You should be carrying basic tools, inner tubes and a pump to fix punctures or mechanical problems you may experience. A basic first aid kit is also recommended. Spare inner tubes and some basic spares are on sale on the day.
Food & drink
Make sure that you have enough food and drink for the ride. Additional drinks, snacks and energy products are on sale on the day. Free energy drink and snacks are available at the feed station on the route, but you should carry enough food to last you the ride.
FAQ's
Is there a minimum age requirement to ride?
To encourage young riders to participate, every U16 year old only has to pay a small £3 fee to cover the entry process. All U16s must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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Can you sign up to the Box Hill Original Sportive on the day?
If there are spaces, you can sign up for the event on the day, however it will be £8 more than listed for online pre-entry. Payment can be made with cash or cheque.This event is very popular so enter sooner rather than later!
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Will the Box Hill Original Sportive go ahead despite COVID-19?
Yes. The Box Hill Original Sportive has become COVID-19 compliant and will be going ahead. For more information on the COVID-19 Safety procedures see https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/download/UC008_UKCE_DistancingEventDoc_AW.pdf
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Is this a timed event?
While this isn't a competitive race, we still time each participant so you can see how you've done if you want. Times will be posted online when they are available (typically the day after), and each rider will receive either a bronze, silver, or gold timing award based off of their average speed.
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Will there be a cut-off time for the races?
While there isn't a specific cut-off time, approx 30 mins after the last rider starts event teams will start to clear the routes. On some routes course splits will also be removed and slower riders expecting to take the Epic route may find themselves finishing the standard route. This is done to ensure every rider makes it back on time.
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Will there be checkpoints along the route?
Dependant on route length there will be between 1 - 3 checkpoint/feed stations. These will be indicated on your event day map and are signposted along the route. These checkpoints are a great chance to take on board some food / energy drinks.
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Reviews
4.3
1 reviews
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BicepFlexChallenging course
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4.3
Did the Epic in 2019
Overall the event was well organised and good value for money.What could have been better were the route signage, especially at the early part (of the Epic route). I probably mistook the route as was riding alone at certain stage and couldn’t follow the group when unsure about the route).
Recent Questions
Hannah Barker
9/20/2020
How fit/ fast do you need to be for this? I am a steady road/touring rider have done 100 miles twice in last four months but never an organised ride. How frantic and busy is the ride with other bikes as I am not that familiar with riding in large groups. Whats average time to complete the 100? Thanks!
Ariana Murray Wells
9/23/2020
I'm thinking of doing this event too, it looks fun. I'm very much in the steady category as well and usually at these sportives you start one after the other, or in small groups. With everything going on with Covid I imagine they'll space everyone out a lot, so no need to worry about it being busy. I'm not sure if this race is traffic free though, but Box Hill is usually pretty quiet. There's a lovely cafe at the top where you can stop for a rest. Riding in large groups is great, there will be more experienced people in there who'll help by saying things like 'slowing' etc so you won't be surprised by any braking. Usually people are so nice and friendly. Good luck for the ride!
Ariana Murray Wells
9/23/2020
Yeah looks like time slots, so it doesn't get congested. You can read their covid plan here - https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/download/UC008_UKCE_DistancingEventDoc_AW.pdf
Manon VT
9/23/2020
Agree with everything Ariana said! One thing to bear in mind is that 1800m of elevation is quite a lot, so worth getting some climbs into your training if you haven't already! This event looks beautiful though - hope you enjoy it!
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