Ashdown Forest Hill Challenge (126km)
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Up for a challenge? Here's a great opportunity to take on some serious hills in and around the beautiful Ashdown Forest, including Yorks Hill, which lays claim to being the site of the oldest bike race in the world from back in 1887.
With almost 1,800m of climbing over 126km (78 miles), this route is often referred to as the "Hell of the Ashdown" for good reason, though it is a classic British Cycling route that lets you tick off Yorks, Toys, Star & Titsy hills together with the legendary Wall, while riding sections of the Pilgrims' Way and the 1994 Tour de France route.
The event pace and route is designed for road bikes rather than hybrids and is aimed at those who are reasonably bike fit, however the day is intended to be an outing rather than an endurance test. We will stop for slower riders to catch up whilst going faster in between stops to allow them to develop their technique and fitness. Broadly, anyone who has recently cycled over 50 miles and who has tackled some steep hills without too much difficulty will be able to complete this ride.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch with you to give us flexibility as to where we stop. There are very few shops along the route as we're out on country lanes so please buy before catching the train. We'll stop at a pub near the end of the ride subject to train times and conditions on the day.
Please ensure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up along the way as there's a lot of climbing on this route.