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The Orro Sussex Downs Classic

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Event summary

Returning for its third year, The Orro Sussex Downs Classic Sportive offers a pretty and scenic bike ride around the Sussex countryside. Enjoy the route as it takes you through the winding lanes and small country villages, with a few epic climbs and descents thrown in to test your legs. You won't be disappointed!

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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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Sat 5th Sep 2020

Bike 70mi

Sat 5th Sep 2020

Bike 35mi

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Route description
Route description

In this late summer season sportive, we take you on a tour of the Sussex Downs, through a plethora of tree-covered lanes, undulating terrain and some wonderful scenery in the Ashdown Forest.

Starting out at Plumpton Racecourse we start by heading northeast on some easy-going country lanes before moving on to the more testing sections of the course, passing through the many well-kept villages of the Sussex Downs. Shortly after crossing a series of old railway lines and the River Ouse, we reach our course split point for the day sending our short route riders west for a quicker day in the saddle.

Standard riders at this point will head up to our first notable challenge of the day, a long drawn out climb of around 2 miles, reaching 5% at its steepest. From here we remain in the High Weald AONB for the duration of the standard route and spend most of our day in the glorious Ashdown Forest.

After another series of shorter climbs, we reach the Chuck Hatch climb up the back of Kidds Hill. This climb lasts just short of 2 miles with a 9% gradient at its steepest section, averaging out at 4.5% over the duration. This climb is not to be underestimated. Once defeated, riders are treated to a fast descent down Kidds Hill but will soon be greeted by another unexpected climb immediately up Colemans Hatch Lane.

After this point, riders rejoin the short route and head south towards the finish line and a well-earned medal


Distance: 70 Miles Elevation Gain: 4816 ft

Distance: 37 Miles Elevation Gain: 2188 ft

Logistics and schedule

Although all our rides are non competitive events (i.e. not races), most people still like to know how well they've done. With this in mind we will time each participants ride. When you complete your ride your time will be calculated and these timings, along with the timing award you achieved, will be displayed on our results page. Each rider will receive a timing award of either; bronze, silver or gold, depending on their average speed. Of course, some riders aren't bothered about all these awards and just cycle for the experience and stunning scenery.

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.

Getting ready
Once you have registered you can get yourself and your bike ready to ride. Please remember to take 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.

Once you are ready to ride, go to the start line.

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 entirley 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 wel 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.

How to get there

Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL, UK

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Sat 5th Sep 2020
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