As you prepare for the 100 miles of RideLondon, you might be looking for other (shorter) sportives to help you on your way.
Long time reader of this blog, Giles Roadnight has just emailed me to point out that The King of the Downs Sportive takes place this Sunday (2nd June).
The sportive, organised by Evans, features two routes: the full one is 115 miles; the shorter option is 54 miles.
I can’t find an official route map, but the longer route sounds pretty tough. If you’re thinking of doing this one, I doubt you have any concerns about RideLondon’s flatter, shorter course.
It’s the shorter route that Giles points out is useful for RideLondon newbies, as a stepping stone to the longer event. Last year’s event took in both Box Hill and Leith Hill, and featured total ascent of around 3,450 feet (~900 feet less than RL).
If you want to enter, you’ll need to get your skates on. Online entry closes later today (Wednesday); if you miss that, you can print out a form to enter on the day.
Good luck to all those that decide to participate (or who have already entered), and thank you to Giles for giving me the heads up.