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RideLondon-Surrey Classic 2014 – Surrey Section Preview

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

RideLondon-Surrey Classic Surrey SectionThe RideLondon-Surrey Classic one day race is heading through Surrey today. The pro race, part of the legacy of the London 2012 Olympics and one element of the RideLondon cycling festival weekend, has been upgraded to a 1.HC classification this year and has attracted a decent entry list including Bradley Wiggins and Phillipe Gilbert. The race will be shown live on BBC1 from 14:00 and on British Eurosport from 14:30 on Sunday 10 August.


The Surrey section of the race contains the only real climbs of the route taking in some of the hills that locals and anyone who has ridden a sportive in Surrey have probably experienced. It’s always interesting to see how fast the pros go up these climbs compared to your own times!

Staple Lane

Staple Lane is a short, sharp climb from the A25 up onto the North Downs. The first, and steepest section, is used for hill climb competitions by local club Charlotteville and, although it’s only 2.5km in length in full, it has a testing ramp up to the KOM point. On a clear day at the top, you can enjoy views back to the iconic buildings on the London skyline. The current KOM for the full length segment is held by local ex-pro Dan Lloyd.

Leith Hill

The longest climb of the day, at nearly 9.5km, takes the riders from Dorking up through Coldharbour, skirting around the south side of the hill before ramping up again to the highest point of the climb. Leith Hill is part of the Greensand Ridge of hills that provide some of the best mountain biking trails in the whole of England. Leith Hill Tower claims the crown of “highest point in the south east” with the top of the Tower just breaking the 1000ft above sea level mark and, whilst the road doesn’t reach these heights, it’s sure to prove a good test and should take the pro peleton around 18 minutes to complete. The ramps up to Coldharbour hit 15-18% in places then flattens out slightly before the final 10%+ sting in the tail up to the summit. The current KOM for the full length climb is held by locally based pro Wouter Sybrandy at 18m 41s.


A new addition to the route this year, the riders will tackle Ranmore via Westhumble twice as part of a loop before moving on to Box Hill. Another short climb at only 2.4km with an average grade of 5% but with multiple short ramps of over 10%. It takes the riders from the A24 near Box Hill back up onto the North Downs.  There is a steep hairpin near the top after which it flattens out with a gentle uphill past Ranmore Church to the summit. The current KOM is held by Andrius Jaks at 5m 59s. With this segment not having featured in either the Olympics or any Tour of Britain stages that have been through Surrey, this is one KOM that will surely fall today.

Box Hill

The iconic zig zag climb that featured in the London 2012 Olympics must be one of the most popular Strava segment in the south east with 162,721 attempts recorded by 27,589 people at the time of writing on Strava. Not the most testing climb at 5% over 2.2km but the one everyone wants to ride. At the top, you can enjoy some great cake at the National Trust cafe and the view south over the weald to the South Downs. The current KOM is held by the mysterious “J P” at 4m 23s. The identity of this rider has fueled much speculation after he took some of the prize KOMs knocking pros off the tops spots (Cycling Weekly | The Telegraph).

After Box Hill, the route flattens out and heads back to London for the finish on The Mall

Peaslake MTBO – April 2013 Event

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

The bi-annual Peaslake MTBO event is happening on Sunday 28 April to raise funds for Peaslake Village School and Friends of the Hurtwood. A great chance to put something back into the community, do something a little different on your bike and see some bits of the Hurtwood you might not normally visit. Prizes sponsored by Pedal & Spoke and Santa Cruz UK.

About Peaslake MTBO

TrailQuest is one form of mountain bike orienteering where twenty or so checkpoints, known as “Controls” are placed alongside bridleways, forestry trails and purpose made mountain bike trails, each with an associated score.

Participants are provided with an A4 sized, laminated Ordnance Survey map, which is either pre-marked with the Controls, or a blank map onto which they copy the points before the start.

Various categories of event are available:

  • 3 Hour ride time for Solo Male, Female & Senior* entrants, and Male, Female, Mixed & Senior* teams of 2–5 riders
  • 2 Hour ride time for Family** teams, and an “Open” category for all riders
  • A Junior trail is also available, suitable for ages 5-9, as a simple introduction to the sport.

*Seniors are 56 and over, and a Senior team must include at least one rider in this categorypeaslakemtbo-april2013
**The Family team must include at least one rider under the age of 16

The aim of the competition is to visit as many Controls as possible in order to accumulate as many points as possible (different scores are associated with each Control), in the allotted time.

An orienteering scorecard is provided on which to mark evidence of your visit with a unique punch attached to each Control.

Lateness of return incurs a 10-point penalty for every minute overdue. Route planning, navigational skills and an element of tactics become as important, if not more important than speed and fitness.

Controls are placed at a variety of positions, which may include popular vantage points, our aim being to introduce you to and encourage your use of the some of the less well known or not so well marked paths. Or, of course you might just like to use the event to explore the area and enjoy the scenery.

If you would like to find out more there is even a national governing body – The British Mountain Bike Organisation.

On the day, remember to bring the following:

  • bike (!)
  • helmet (compulsory)
  • mobile phone (1 per team for emergency contact)
  • permanent marker pen to mark check points onto map
  • map holder (or string to tie map around neck)
  • compass (optional)

More Info & Entry

Available online at:

Hurtleberry – Saturday 13 April 2013

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

A reminder that the Hurtleberry is happening on Saturday 13 April. It’s being organised by All About Triathlons and all profits go to Friends of the Hurtwood.


The events available to enter consist of two duathlons of different lengths and a 10km trail run:


Sprint Duathlon

  • £30
  • 08:30 start
  • 2km trail run
  • 4.5km mountain bike
  • 2km trail run



Full Duathlon

  • £49
  • 10:30 start
  • 10km trail run
  • 19.5km mountain bike
  • 4.5km trail run



Trail Run

  • £22
  • 09:30 start
  • 10km trail run


Entry for the full duathlon also includes entry into the sprint duathlon if you wish to do both! Competing in the sprint will give you a head start in the full. Additionally, the top 3 from the sprint will have a further head start in the full.


Elite Athletes

The organisers have announced that three elite UK athletes will be racing the duathlon:

  • Richard Stannard – GB Cross Triathlon Champion 2011
  • Jez Cox – Top UK off road duathlete
  • Sam Gardener – Top 10 World Xterra triathlete


The latest newsletter from Friends of the Hurtwood says that they still need volunteers.

We need approximately 40 volunteers to help set up and marshal the event. Set up will begin at 6am and everything should be finished, including clean up, by 1pm. We are asking volunteers to sign up for either the early 6am shift or the later 9am shift. Each shift is around 4 hours, food and drink will be provided. Adults and responsible teenagers are welcome; all will be given instructions on what to do and where to be
along the course.

No contact details are given though, so I guess just contact FotH via their website.

More Info & Entry

Pedal & Spoke Demo Weekend…This Weekend!

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

If you fancy trying some of the rather nice 2013 Santa Cruz bikes on the local trails, Pedal & Spoke are running a demo weekend, this weekend (23/24 March) from the Peaslake shop. Be warned though, you will probably want to buy one!

Hour long slots are available starting at 9am – contact [email protected] to book.

A previous P&S demo day.

Coming in 2013…The Hurtleberry

Monday, October 8th, 2012

You might remember me mentioning previously that there were plans afoot to hold a duathlon on the Hurtwood to raise money for Friends of the Hurtwood. Well, there now appears to be a confirmed date, name and details for the event.

Introducing…The Hurtleberry!

The event, to be held on Saturday 13 April 2013, will consist of:

8.30am start: Sprint Duathlon (2.5km run, 4.5km mtb, 2.5km run)

9.30am start: Trail Run (10km)

10.30am start: Main Duathlon (10km run, 20km mtb, 5km run)

Duathlons can be entered solo or in relays teams of two. You can enter one of the duathlons or both. The top finishers in the sprint duathlon will be awarded time bonuses to carry forward to the main duathlon.

The event is being run by All About Triathlons, a company that puts on a number of existing running, biking, swimming, duathlon, triathlon and orienteering events in the local area. All profits from the event will go to Friends of the Hurtwood.

More info & online signup:

Peaslake MTBO Trailquest Autumn 2012

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

A reminder that it’s that time of year again…the next Trailquest event organised by Peaslake MTBO is taking place on Sunday 30 September. MTBO stands for mountain bike orienteering and is a great way to explore the area of Leith/Holmbury/Pitch and Winterfold by combining off-road cycling, map reading and a bit of friendly competition.

You can compete individually, in teams or as a family over two or three hours and it’s not necessarily the fittest who win as there’s quite a lot of strategy and planning involved. There’s also a kids trail (subject to local trail conditions/weather). Cost is £9.50 per person + optional donation to Friends of the Hurtwood (please donate!).

The Peaslake MTBO events take place twice a year to raise money for the Peaslake Village School and are a great chance to give back something to the community whose backyard we enjoy in the evenings and weekends. These events are run by local residents and mountain bikers – people who really care about their community and mountain biking in the area.

Find out more and enter online at