Southern Sportive

Southern Sportive have been providing top quality road cycling events since 2006. As part of the Cycle Events Organisation we bought 20 years of events experience ot the sportve scene and have been instrumental in developing this exciting movement in cycling!
Those are our credentials anyway; all you really need to know is that were committed to bringing you the best rides on the best courses, with the friendliest and most professional team.

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100 Mile Classic through an ancient English landscape

The Great Western Sportive has established itself as a must do event since its launch in 2010! A fantastic route that fits perfectly into our riders rides ethos, with a full 100 mile top distance, this ride is big every sense!

Rolling across the ancient Ridgeway and winding through the beautiful Marlborough Downs, the route is a real treat, with broad, open roads echoing the sweep of the scenery. The folds of the Downs set you against a series of truly testing climbs, but this is a ride designed to reward every challenge, not just beat you into submission. Every summit marks the start of a long, flowing descent, with even longer and more langorous views. Beautiful old villages, pepper the route, and Cherhill White Horse remind you that youre in an area with fascinating and far reaching history.

Great Western Sportive

Swindon, Swindon, GB
3 races
£29£32
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A new twist on the classic sportive, the Sussex Downs Beach Cruiser is a sportive with the atmosphere of a summer club run to the beach. Starting from Duncton at the foot of the South Downs, the route winds you up over the mighty Downs ridge, then sweeps through the pick of the twisting country lanes to the south coast, delivering you to the sea front on beautiful Climping Beach.

Once you hit the beach, you can relax, enjoy the sea breeze, and grab a bite and cuppa at the excellent beach-side cafe. Our team will be there too, with a support station that acts as the finish for the Short ride, or your midway checkpoint for the Full Route. Thats it; if you rode the Short Route, your riding is done. All thats left to do is to enjoy the beach, maybe arrange to meet family or friends to spend a few hours before giving you a lift back to your car or back home.

If youre riding the Full Route, after your beach stop youll get back on the bike to make your way back up country to finish at the event base at Duncton (where you started). In the spirit of the chilled theme of the day, were being nice to you though. The route back is a little shorter and more direct than the ride out; nobody wants to have the bulk of their ride in front of them after a cake stop or lunch at the beach! Oh, and yes you will be timed for this ride, but the time you spend at the beach stop wont be included in your overall time. Just make sure that you check in and out through the timing station and well deduct your beach time from your ride time in the final results. After all, a good day on the bike means only being in a hurry when you want to be, right?

Sussex Downs Beach Cruiser

Duncton, West Sussex, GB
2 races
£18£25

A new twist on the classic sportive, the Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser is a sportive with the atmosphere of a summer club run to the beach. Starting from Petersfield in hte shadow of Butser Hill, the route winds you up over the mighty South Downs, then sweeps through the pick of the twisting country lanes to the south coast, delivering you to the sea front at Hayling Island.
Once you hit the beach, you can relax, enjoy the sea breeze, and grab a bite and cuppa at the beach-side checkpoint. Our team will be there with a support station that acts as the finish for the Short ride, or your midway checkpoint for the Full Route. Thats it; if you rode the Short Route, your riding is done. All thats left to do is to enjoy the beach, maybe arrange to meet family or friends to spend a few hours before giving you a lift back to your car or back home.

If youre riding the Full Route, after your beach stop youll get back on the bike to make your way back up country to finish at the event base at Petersfield (where you started). In the spirit of the chilled theme of the day, were being nice to you though. The route back is a little shorter and more direct than the ride out; nobody wants to have the bulk of their ride in front of them after a cake stop or lunch at the beach! Oh, and yes you will be timed for this ride, but the time you spend at the beach stop wont be included in your overall time. Just make sure that you check in and out through the timing station and well deduct your beach time from your ride time in the final results. After all, a good day on the bike means only being in a hurry when you want to be, right?

Hampshire Hills Beach Cruiser

Petersfield, Hampshire, GB
2 races
£18£25

The Original South Downs Sportive since 2006

The Southern Sportive is a fantastic 100 mile road challenge event that takes in the best road climbs the South Downs has to offer. And with 114k mid and 73k short options, the event is open to a wide range of riders and abilities.
The hardened Sportive or first time charity rider will find the Southern Sportive a great challenge, the classic course takes in some serious hills complimented by rolling back roads and views out along the south coast. All set in one of the prettiest parts of the UK.

The location for the event was carefully chosen to provide one of the best sportive routes in the country. In cycling terms, the South Downs are famous for the epic 100 mile South Downs Way off road ride along its length, while on the road, the best known feature is probably the Ditchling Beacon hill climb on the London to Brighton. But at its eastern end, the southerly drops from the downs deliver you straight into coastal towns. The best road riding on the South Downs is to be found at the Western end where a wealth of superb riding exists both north and south of the ridge, allowing for a route that bisects the massive rolling chalk downs several times, travelling over the tops on its way to and from the coast. The result is a flowing route that combines challenges and rewards in equal measure, with a stunning landscape backdrop throughout.

The event base is at Churchers College in Petersfield, which sits right under the northern edge of the Downs and makes a memorable start and finish to the ride. Great road and rail connections to both London and the rest of the UK also help to make this a classic south of England event.

The Southern Sportive

Petersfield, Hampshire, GB
3 races
£29£32