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Financial Times London Cycle Sportive


Financial Times London Cycle Sportive

When is the eventDate TBC in 2015 Where is the Event Herne Hill Velodrome, London

  • It was a beautifully designed route. We seemed to leave the city behind within twenty minutes or so, and the first half of the ride was all on quiet country lanes…

    Emily Chappell - @emilychappell
  • @HumanRaceEvents lovely route, really well organised! Thanks for a great sportive. Now happily weary

    Ellie Hughes - ‏@elliehughesUK
  • Just finished the FT lcs 100, feel v tired. Good training for Rotl2014. Thanks to @humanraceevents, great event.

    Peter Winterbottom - ‏@wintsrugby
  • @HumanRaceEvents awesome event today #LondonCycleSportive amazing organisation. Signage could not be faulted, Marshall's & feed stn great ta

    James Noble ‏- @chiro_ironman
  • @HumanRaceEvents Fab event today! #londoncyclesportive Brilliant marshals and organisation! Thanks to the Bon velo guys too - fixed my shoe!

    Andrea Corrigan - ‏@justandrea
  • What a buzz finishing the @HumanRaceEvents at @HerneHillVel Great day & now kicking back with a beer & a ruby.

    Dan Moody ‏- @danm72
  • Fab day at the FT London Cycle @HumanRaceEvents ending with lap around Herne Hill Velodrome. Thoroughly recommended!

    Liz Wilson - ‏@Ouilizzie
  • @HumanRaceEvents @FT absolutely loved the 100miler at the weekend - a great route, atmosphere and setup. Chapeau to you!!

    Joel Levitt ‏- @joel_levitt
  • @HumanRaceEvents @FT It was a great day - superb scenery, well marshalled and a lovely finsih at the iconic velodrome. Great work guys!

    Jade Mountain ‏- @Triandrungirl
  • Oddly really enjoyed the FT 100 mile cycle yesterday, well done to us @SueGrobler. Thanks @HumanRaceEvents fantastically organised.

    Jennifer Hawtin ‏- @jenhawtin
  • Extremely windy conditions but a gorgeous route & great organisation- well done cyclists in yesterday's @HumanRaceEvents @FT cycle sportive

    Emily Gibbs - ‏@EmilyJG
  • @HumanRaceEvents thoroughly enjoyed the day yesterday- thank you for turning off the rain and lowering the wind too! #LondonCycleSportive

    Ella Mitchell ‏- @meatyloafy
  • The @HumanRaceEvents at Herne Hill on Sunday was a tough 65 miles but coming into that stadium for a lap of the velodrome was special!

    Adam Bodini ‏- @fixationadam

London Cycle Sportive Event Information

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

* Distances are approximate


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.

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 join grass route sport pot where the money is split evenly between both charities.

Ben SwiftEvent 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 SwiftBen 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.

Rebecca RomeroDouble Olympic medallist and former World Champion Rebecca Romero, MBE, is an ambassador of Access Sport and will be riding the 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"


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

* 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
* Medal

Event Information Pack and Maps

NOTE: Event packs are sent in the post to all entrants. There is no need to register on the day of the event if you have received your pack.


London Cycle Sportive 48km Garmin Route 

London Cycle Sportive 104km Garmin Route 

London Cycle Sportive 103 mile Garmin Route 
Kids' Cycling Activities

There will be four different types of activities on the Inner Track at the Herne Hill Velodrome throughout the day. These are primarily aimed at children but the BMX sessions will be available to all. If you wish to sign up to any of the activities, you must do so at the main Human Race Information Desk in the Velodrome (branded Human Race pop-up).

The activities are as follows:

British Cycling Coaching Sessions
Two British Cycling coaches will provide 30 minute coaching sessions for 8 – 16 yr olds (max. 15 children per session). Bikes will be provided but please bring your own helmet.

Open Track Sessions
Free track time where the track will be supervised but children will be free to cycle as they wish. Please provide your own bikes and helmets. Helmets are compulsory.

BMX Sessions
A specialist BMX coach will provide 30 minute coach sessions for all ages (max. 10 riders per session). Bikes and helmets will be provided.

A 250m lapped course where participants scoot for a lap, cycle for a lap and then run for a lap. Children entering will be split into age groups of 4/5 yrs, 6 yrs, 7/8 yrs. A fee of £5 will be charged with proceeds going to our official charity, Access Sport. Please provide your own scooter, bike and helmet.


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, the options for parking are limited but we recommend the following:

Official Financial Times London Cycle Sportive parking is located at Dulwich College. Parking is located 0.4 miles the start line in Dulwich Park and 0.8 miles for the finish line in Herne Hill Velodrome.

We recommend using the following roads to park on - but please be considerate to residents and park with care. All parking is first come, first served. Please plan a couple of options for where you could park well in advance.

Court Lane: located next door to Dulwich Park on the opposite side to the start line. You can gain access through the gate at this side of the park.

Gallery Road: located parallel to College Road and only a short ride/walk to the start line.

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 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.

Financial Times London Cycle Sportive Parking

Bike Hire

British Bike HireBritish Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the Financial Times London Cycle Sportive.

British Bike HireEach 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 please contact:

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Free Wattbike Training Guide

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Wattbike realises that not everyone is a pro, and as a result, not everyone has a coach to tell them how to train. They have developed a programme specifically designed for the FT London Cycle Sportive to ensure that you get the maximum out of every session on the Wattbike. The guide includes a mixture of indoor and outdoor rides, hill sessions, strength sessions and technique workouts too. By following this guide you will not only be fitter but also a smoother, faster more efficient cyclist.

Click here for your free training guide.

Charity and Fundraising

Access Sport - Official Charity of London Cycle Sportive Access 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 visit:

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 1104687

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Make your London Cycle Sportive JustGiving page for Access Sport here

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