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London Cycle Sportive


London Cycle Sportive

When is the eventDate TBC in 2016 Where is the Event Herne Hill Velodrome, London

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  • 1st cycle sportive. 30 miles well pleased. Thx @HumanRaceEvents for such a gr8 event. Stayed 2 hrs to soak atmosphere. See u next year

    Fred Warman - @fredwarman
  • Fantastic weather #LondonCycleSportive + first class organisation from @HumanRaceEvents = great day! Thanks guys.

    Rich Brennan - @SportSciConsult
  • @HumanRaceEvents Awesome day at the London Cycle Sportive. Great atmosphere, top organisation, and loved finishing with the velodrome lap!

    Sarah Berman - @sarahberman
  • Wooopaaaa he's done it well done!!!! Great event for a great cause! @HumanRaceEvents #londoncyclesportive !!!!

    Abbey Cox - @CoxAbbey
  • Fab event thanks @HumanRaceEvents and @AccessSport and fab medal! #londoncyclesportive

    Claire Antrobus - @curlyclairea
  • @HumanRaceEvents so chuffed first ever sportive and such a great vibe loved it. Can't wait till next time #gotthebug

    Natasha Gyer - @NatashaGyer
  • @HumanRaceEvents that #londoncyclesportive medal is awesome! Makes he regret not entering now. There's always next year!

    Ryan Clark - @Clarkiee
  • 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 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 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.


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

* Distances are approximate


•    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
•    Energy drinks, bars and gels provided at feed stations
•    Electronic chip timing
•    Results texted to you as you cross the line
•    Unique finisher's medal

Rebecca RomeroDouble Olympic medallist and former World Champion Rebecca Romero, MBE, is an ambassador of Access Sport.

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 8:05am
Medium Route (104km) -
8:15am to 8:45am
Short Route (48km) -
8:55am to 9:05am

AGE REQUIREMENT: Minimum Age 16 at 31 December, 2016

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.


2015 LCS Long Route MapMap My Tracks


Download the OFFICIAL EVENT APP, powered by Map My Tracks, and kick start your training for the London Cycle Sportive.

You can also download GPX, TCX or KML files for the route. Simply click on the buttons below to download.

The Short Route

The Medium Route

The Long Route

Route Descriptions

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.

Kids' Cycling Activities

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


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. To book your parking, click here to access the entry form, then click 'Enter Now' at the top, and select the 'London Cycle Sportive Official Event Parking' option.

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 HireBritish Bike Hire will be hiring a range of 18 speed alloy/carbon road bikes for the 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 and to hire a bike contact:

Wiggle Event Checklist

You’ve done all the hard work and training and with the big event fast approaching now’s the time to double check you have all the equipment you need to perform at your best. Wiggle has put together this handy check list to make sure there are no surprises on the morning. Everything is available with the click of a mouse with free UK delivery – Wiggle can even guarantee next day delivery for a little more!

Bike: click here Wiggle
Helmet: click here 
Jersey: click here
Shorts: click here
Jackets/Gilets: click here
Gloves: click here
Cycle Shoes: click here
Sunglasses: click here
Spare Tubes: click here
Tools: click here
Puncture Repair & Pumps: click here
Saddle Bag: click here
Tyres: click here
Lights/Reflective: click here
Bottles & Hydration: click here
Nutrition: click here
Cycle Computer/GPS: click here

For the biggest range of the best tri-sports products at unbeatable prices visit

Nutrition and Hydration

ZipvitZipvit Sport fuels male and female elite, amateur and recreational cyclists and triathletes from around the world. They supply them with high performance energy and recovery drinks, nutritional energy and protein bars, high carbohydrate gels and great tasting energy chews, plus a complete range of vitamins and supplements.

All Zipvit Sport products are specially formulated by leading experts in performance and endurance, and developed in conjunction with elite athletes from world class professional racing teams. Feel stronger, recover faster with ZIPVIT SPORT.

There will be Zipvit Sport high performance energy bars, gels and drink on course at feed stations for this event and you can try the products beforehand for a special 25% discount by using the code HR1 at their online checkout. Shop now at

SpatoneFeeling tired?

Feeling like you are constantly cycling uphill? Have you had a drop in performance? Low iron levels can cause fatigue and tiredness making it hard for you to keep up with your training programme however one sachet a day of Spatone natural liquid iron has been scientifically proven to help top up your iron levels!

Find out more about how Spatone can help your cycling here.

VitaCoco240 Keep hydrated!

Staying hydrated is crucial for achieving peak performance. Vita Coco coconut water promotes rehydration as well as refuelling as it provides carbohydrate as well as fluid.

Before exercise, your main priority is ensuring you are hydrated to have the best chance of putting in your best performance. During exercise, there are no hard and fast rules about how much to drink but, 400-800ml per hour will prevent dehydration and overhydration. After exercise, the sooner you start to replace the fluid the sooner you will recover. So make drinking your priority immediately after exercise.

Click here for more information on how to stay hydrated.

Charity and Fundraising

Herne Hill Velodrome Trust - Official Charity of the London Cycle SportiveThe 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 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 1156819

Just GivingIf you’re looking for a way to make your event count, why not raise money for a cause you care about? Head to JustGiving, make a fundraising page in a few simple steps, and share it far and wide by email and social media.

Make your London Cycle Sportive JustGiving page for Access Sport here

London Cycle Sportive Sponsors

Micro Scooter
Wiggle - Official Retail Partner of Human Race
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Great Training Destinations in Switzerland
Human Race 2015-2016 Off-Road Series
The inaugural l’Etape London by Le Tour de France
Trick or Treat Run London
Garmin Kingston Run Challenge

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