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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.
C-19 Plan
UK Cycling Events has confirmed that this event will be going ahead as planned on Saturday 3rd Oct 2020 in accordance with the COVID-19 safety measures. Learn more

Review summary

4.3
1 Review
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Otso H
"Overall the event was well organised and good value for money.</p><p>What could..."
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How to enter the Box Hill Original Sportive

  1. Epic

    Bike 100mi
    £40
    Event passed
  2. Standard

    Bike 75mi
    £40
    Event passed
  3. Short

    Bike 31mi
    £35
    Event passed

Box Hill Original Sportive routes

Short Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/2733703522913486570

Standard Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/2733703436855139704

Epic Route - https://www.strava.com/routes/2733703101255561374

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics

Please read through the Organiser's COVID procedure before race day:

https://www.ukcyclingevents.co.uk/download/UKCE-COVID-1-Pager.pdf

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.

Kit List

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.

Volunteers

Volunteers are always welcome with us. Whether you want to commit a whole day or the minimum (2 hours), there are a number of things for you to get stuck in with.

All volunteers will be rewarded with free entry to rides. Either help for 2 hours in the morning and ride that day, or help all day and ride for free twice within the season.

Fill out the online form here to register your interest: https://forms.gle/kt5bwD8ohMfRYCt79

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.

Box Hill Original Sportive weather forecast

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Meet the organiser

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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.

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Box Hill Original Sportive reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • 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).

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