THE BURGESS HILL SPRINGTIME CLASSIC
The Burgess Hill Springtime Classic is an excellent early season mass participant cycling event to test youir fitness levels, with three great routes to suit most abilities.
The event is a popular event in the cycling calendar which has been running for over 15 years.
To find out more about the individual routes click on the Classic, Challenge & Tour route buttons on this page
All riders taking part get a free Continental 700c Race inner tube and some great goodies from Secret Training including a water bottle.
ALL THE CLASSIC HILLS OF THE AREA
All routes set off on some lovely roads in the Sussex area traveling through stunning wooded areas of Ashdown Forest and if you are doing the Classic route at 72 miles the this route travels through the three counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
There are notable hilly sections on the routes, with the main hills and descents being :-
PILLOW MOUNDS HILL
The frist notable hill on all routes is Pillow Mounds Hill. First you have to cross a ford before starting this first real test of your climb ability. The hill is not too hard but if you are feeling it now you might want to save your energy as best as possible for the challenges ahead.
With a distance of just over a mile and with an average gradient of 6.2% this is a good warm up.
On this hill things start to get serious. Known locally as the “Wall” this hill is a sit in the saddle type of hill where you’re best saving yourself for the last few metres which kick up in gradient.
The average gradient on this hill is 9.1% and about a mile long, it will seem longer.
Now somewhat affectionately renamed the Col du Groombridge this hill is only climbed by those that are riding the longes route on the Burgess Hill Springtime Classic.
It’s recommended that you take it easy on this hill with it’s 6.9% average gradient as there is a long way to go on the Classic route.
COB LANE HILL
The infamous Cob Lane Hill with it’s 20% gradient is know as the “Cleat Breaker” as many are force to walk.
Save your leg strength for this hill and you won’t walk the walk of shame.
ARDINGLY RESERVOIR HILLS
The final set of really testing hills are the Ardingly reservoire hills. After these climbs it’s relatively flat back to Burgess Hill and the finish.
What goes up must come down.
The climbs on the Burgess Hill Classic will test the early season fitness of most riders but we think the descents make up for the suffering against gravity.
The two main long descents are:-
COLEMANS HATCH DESCENT
This descent is probably the most scenic on the route as you ride through the heart of the Ashdown Forest. It has some great views to enjoy of the surrounding countryside.
BLACKDOWN HILL DESCENT
The Blackdown Road descent travels for about 3 miles downwards before an incline and then another drop of about a mile or more. It’s a lovely descent and you’ll be glad you don’t have to climb this one.
Surrounded by some really picturesque parts of the Ashdown Forest, it takes fast riders over 12 minutes to descend.
It’s a real treat and a great time to take a few swigs from your water bottle.
ENTRY PACK PAGE
The Entry Pack Page gives information about the event and details you might need before turning up on the day. It will be updated one week before the event to make sure all riders have up to date info.