The Short Route: 48km
The Medium Route: 104km
The Long Route: 166km (103 miles)
* Distances are approximate
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The Financial Times London Cycle Sportive, supporting Access Sport 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.
Event ambassador and Team Sky cyclist, Ben Swift revealed the 2014 route HERE. “I am really looking forward to tackling this sportive again this year,” Ben said. “One of the best aspects of last year’s event was the range of courses on offer, meaning riders of all standards could take part. All of the courses are particularly impressive but, as many riders found last year, the longer routes are not for the faint hearted, so put in the hours on the road before the event!”
With three routes available, there's a distance for everyone:
The Short route (48km) heads out to the North Downs offering the riders some stunning views over the Kent/Surrey countryside and Biggin Hill prior to looping back North to rejoin the outward route back to Herne Hill velodrome. Total climbing on this route is 455 metres and has a maximum elevation of 275 metres.
The Medium route (104km) This route gives a total height climbed of 812 metres and again has a maximum elevation of 275 metres. The route heads out to the North Downs offering the riders some stunning views over the Kent/Surrey countryside and Biggin Hill, then the lanes between Reigate and Dorking where it then takes on the 2012 Olympic climb at Box Hill.
The Long route (166km/103 miles) heads out to the North Downs offering the riders some stunning views over the Kent/Surrey countryside and Biggin Hill, then the lanes between Reigate and Dorking where the long ride continues in to the Surrey Countryside before continuing in a Northerly direction back up onto the North Downs to re join the medium route on the North Downs Way at Ranmore Common. This route climbs 1098 metres and also has a max elevation of 275 metres.
Ben Swift is hoping to join cyclists on the day, Ben said “there is a range of distances to choose from so there will be something to suit riders of every ability. The long and medium routes offer a significant amount of climbing and descent including the infamous Box Hill which many people will remember as a highlight of the Olympic road races.
The short route is perfect for those who are just beginning to get involved in sportive riding. For me the fact that all routes end with a lap of Herne Hill Velodrome is special as it combines my two big passions - road and track cycling.”
Double Olympic medallist and former World Champion Rebecca Romero, MBE, is an ambassador of Access Sport and will be riding the Financial Times London Cycle Sportive this year.
Rebecca said: "The children within the communities Access Sport works in really need your support. This event can be the start of making that happen for years to come. Help Access Sport to create a genuine legacy by taking part in this ultimate London ride this summer"
PROVISIONAL START TIMES:
Long Route (166km/103 miles) - 7:30am to 8:15am
Medium Route (104km) - 8:25am to 9:00am
Short Route (48km) - 9:10am to 9:30am
AGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2015
LIST OF LONDON CYCLE SPORTIVE BENEFITS
* Unique ride around the 1948 Olympic Velodrome at Herne Hill
* Mechanical support
* Medical support
* Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
* Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations
* Electronic chip timing system with online results available from event day and texted to mobile phones after completing the route