London Cycle Sportive

  • Sunday 26th June 2016
  • Herne Hill Velodrome, London

Distances & Prices

  • The Short Route: 48km £40
  • The Medium Route: 104km £46
  • The Long Route: 166km (103 miles) £48

* Distances are approximate.

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About the event

The London Cycle Sportive takes in many important landmarks from London’s Olympic history including a unique finish on the 1948 Olympic Velodrome at Herne Hill. The Velodrome has easy access for a London sportive, only 20 minutes from London Victoria.

The ride will start in the picturesque Dulwich Park, just a stone’s throw away from the iconic finish at the Velodrome, and the route goes out to the stunning Surrey Hills taking in Box Hill as cycled on by Mark Cavendish and Lizzie Armitstead in the 2012 Olympics.

All cyclists will have the unique experience of cycling around the Olympic track as part of their finish experience and will then be invited to stay and cheer on the other finishers whilst enjoying refreshments with family and other riders.

My love of cycling started at the Herne Hill Velodrome; it gives young people the opportunity to experience a whole new sport and activity. What’s more it’s part of England’s racing history and it generates our country’s future winners.
Sir Bradley Wiggins

Event Benefits

  • Stunning route taking in the beautiful Surrey Hills and landmarks from London’s Olympic history
  • Fantastic finish venue at Herne Hill Velodrome
  • Cyclists have the chance to tackle Box Hill
  • Activities for all the family at the finish venue
  • Event packs sent out in the post – no need to register on the day


  • Mechanical support
  • Medical support
  • Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
  • Finisher’s medal


The exact range of kids cycling activities are TBC so please check back nearer the time to find out what will be on offer for 2016.

To give you an idea however, there is a great Inner Track at the Herne Hill Velodrome that was used in the 2015 event for a range of activities such as:

  • Free British Cycling coaching sessions for 8-16 year olds
  • Open track sessions offering free track time to cycle for fun
  • Free BMX sessions for all ages led by a specialist BMX coach thanks to Access Sport
  • Plus a kids Scootathlon (scoot, bike, run event) for 4-8 year olds for a small entry fee with proceeds going to charity



  • Long Route (166km/103 miles) – 7:30am to 8:05am
  • Medium Route (104km) – 8:15am to 8:45am
  • Short Route (48km) – 8:55am to 9:05am

Age Requirements

Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2016.



Short Route: 48km
Medium Route: 104km
Long Route: 166km (103 miles)

Short ride: timing starts at Dulwich Park and returns to Herne Hill Velodrome for one lap of the track. Your sequence of timing points are:

Start / HH Start / HH End / Finish

Medium and long rides: timing starts at Dulwich Park with the hill climb at Box Hill then a timing checkpoint at Chipstead before returning to Herne Hill Velodrome for one lap of the track. The timing points for Box Hill at located where you turn off the B2209 (Old London Road) onto the Zig Zag Road for the start and opposite the National Trust information centre and café at the top. Your sequence of timing points are:

Start / BH Start / BH End / Chipstead / HH Start / HH End / Finish

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Travel & Accommodation

Start: Dulwich Park (20 mins from London Victoria), College Road, London SE21 7BQ. Just a stone’s throw away from the finish location at Herne Hill Velodrome.

Finish: Herne Hill Velodrome (20 mins from London Victoria), 104 Burbage Road, London SE24 9HE. Site for the 1948 Olympic Track Cycling in the London Olympics. All routes head into Surrey and back to the Herne Hill Velodrome.


We are trying to keep cars coming to the event to a minimum so before you read further about parking options please consider if you can cycle to the event.

If you need to drive, please be considerate to residents & park with care & DO NOT block residents in their driveways! All parking is first come first served, so please plan a couple of options for where you could park well in advance. The options for parking are limited but we recommend the following:

  • Official event parking at Dulwich College Car Park:
    There are a limited number of spaces available to participants who have bought pre-paid parking tickets. Dulwich College is just down the road from the start venue. More details on how to book this will be confirmed soon.
  • Court Lane: located next door to Dulwich Park on the opposite side of the park to the start line. You can gain access through the gate on this side of the park.
  • Gallery Road: located parallel to College Road and only a short ride/walk to the start.
  • Alleyn Park: this is a long road with plenty of space to park. The top of this road is 0.5 miles from the start and 0.9 miles from the finish line and event village. The bottom of this road is 0.9 miles from the start and 1.3 miles from the finish.
  • Alleyn Road: located parallel to Alleyn Park road, it is approximately 1.1 miles from Dulwich Park and 1.5 miles from the Velodrome.
  • Hunts Slip Road: located next door to Dulwich College, it is approximately 0.7 miles to the start and 1.1 miles from the finish.

There are also a number of other roads available to park on in this area. If you don’t mind a short ride to/from the event perhaps also look at the parking options further afield e.g. in Peckham.

Bike Hire

British Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the London Cycle Sportive.Each bike will be cleaned and fully serviced, delivered to the start and collected after you finish the event. We will have staff at the beginning of the event ready to adjust the bikes for you to suit your needs. British Bike Hire can supply SPD pedals at a small additional charge or can fit yours on the day. The bikes are geared sensibly for these events and all bikes will be fitted with two bottle cages.

For more information and to hire a bike contact:

Charity & Fundraising

The London Cycle Sportive has two Official Charities who are both hoping to raise thousands for their great grass route sport causes. First of all the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust are responsible for securing the future of the Herne Hill Velodrome (the fantastic finish venue for this ride) for generations to come. Secondly we support Access Sport  whose mission is to give more children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport. You can support either cause by ticking to fundraise for your chosen charity when going through the entry form or can donate on the entry form to a joint grassroots cycling pot where the money is split evenly between both charities.

There is no obligation to fundraise if you want to take part in this event, but we would love you to raise as much money as possible to help the great work both the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust and Access Sport do. No portion of the entry fee goes directly to either charity and the money received by either comes from fundraising undertaken by participants.

HerneHillTrustx240The Herne Hill Velodrome Trust are one of the Official Charities of the London Cycle Sportive.

The Trust was set up in 2011 to continue the work of the Save the Velodrome campaign. The Trust is responsible for securing the future of the Herne Hill Velodrome for generations to come.

The Trust is a volunteer-led organisation that works on a day-to-day basis to complete the regeneration of the Velodrome site and to increase participation at the track. To date they have overseen the construction of a new Junior Track and Multi-Use Games Area on the inside of the track and track lighting to enable longer use of the track. The next stage of redevelopment will be the reconstruction of the pavilion.

With your generous support they can complete the regeneration and secure the future of the Velodrome.

To learn more about the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust, please visit:

To fundraise for the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust simply set up a fundraising page here.

Access SportAccess Sport are one of the Official Charities of the London Cycle Sportive.

Founded in 2004, Access Sport is an award winning charity whose mission is to give more children, particularly in disadvantaged areas, access to a wide range of quality local sport.

“The fire is burning and we need to fan the flame with charities like Access Sport, which does exactly what it says, giving kids access to sport.”
Olympic Rower and Access Sport Ambassador, Greg Searle MBE

Access Sport works closely with volunteer-led community sports clubs with an aim to achieve thriving clubs which are also sustainable. They achieve this through funding, training and expert advice.

As a charity they tackle social exclusion, inactivity and obesity in areas where help is needed most.

With your kind support, Access Sport can continue to work towards building a lasting legacy for the next generation. To learn more about Access Sport and their projects please

See how your fundraising helps transform the lives of young people:

Money raised through the London Cycle Sportive will help Access Sport continue working within some of the most disadvantaged areas across London, Bristol and Manchester.

Currently Access Sport are extending their BMX Legacy project to other London boroughs and are continuing to grow their support across disability sport within some of the most disadvantaged areas – giving mainstream sports clubs the tools to offer inclusive sport. For example with Forest Flyerz Hockey, one of Access Sport’s Disability sports clubs.

Thank you very much for your vital support and fundraising to help the great work Access Sport do.

Make your London Cycle Sportive JustGiving page for Access Sport here.

Registered charity number 1156819

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