King of the Downs 2012

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Balint @ Evans Cycles
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King of the Downs 2012

Postby Balint @ Evans Cycles » Mon Apr 09, 2012 15:06 pm

Hi All

If you're looking for a training ride, Evans Cycles are holding the King of the Downs sportive on Sunday May 27th.

This is a 113mile sportive with over 9,000ft of climbing. The event begins at Camino Park, Crawley (RH10 9TZ)

This is an amazing ride and we're pulling out all the stops to make sure everybody gets some great riding in and has a wonderful time.

All the information is here: http://www.evanscycles.com/ride-it/king-of-the-downs-27th-may-2012.

The ride was reviewed by Cycling Weekly last year, so have a read if you'd like an unbiased perspective! http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/routes/south/530657/cyclo-sportive-evans-cycles-king-of-the-downs.html

Happy Riding!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby sherer » Sun Apr 22, 2012 21:59 pm

done this twice before and it is a great and challenging ride. Hope we get better weather than other years i've done it.

Still checking if i'm free that weekend

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby Balint @ Evans Cycles » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:36 pm

This event is creeping closer!

We've got a new video up: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=king+of+the+downs+you+tube+2011&docid=4793205493989598&mid=B78A20269CEB752BEA3AB78A20269CEB752BEA3A&view=detail&FORM=VIRE1 and a blog: http://blog.evanscycles.com/uncategorized/king-of-the-downs-challenge-ride/v which shows what will be in the goodybag!

Places are flying off the metaphorical shelf, and we've had a couple of our sportives sell out recently, so sign up here if you're up for it!: http://www.evanscycles.com/ride-it/king-of-the-downs-27th-may-2012

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby hatone » Tue May 22, 2012 09:35 am

Anyone doing this ride at the weekend? Great prep for those of us doing Marmotte/Etape sportives in July...

Weather is looking fairly promising so reckon I'll throw my name in the hat...

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TheStone
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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby TheStone » Tue May 22, 2012 10:08 am

I'm in, but I don't want to think about it till the alarm goes off at 4am on Sunday!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby nunowoolmez » Tue May 22, 2012 10:46 am

yeah i'm doing it. Might be a struggle for me coming off the back of the Fred Whitton & the Wiggle Ups n Downs tho. Fingers crossed for good weather tho!!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby sherer » Tue May 22, 2012 23:19 pm

giving it a miss this weekend. Usually do it but the cost this year seems a bit too high

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby proto » Thu May 24, 2012 12:42 pm

Yep, I'm entered with a few High Wycombe CC mates. Four of us using as training for L'Etape Acte 2 in July. Starting to crap myself :o :? :| :D 8) :cry:

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby bikergirl17 » Thu May 24, 2012 18:03 pm

according to the gps files evans posted, it is only about 7000 feet, not 9000. admittedly, including a few nasty steep hills on the second half which also have me seriously freaked out. the first half isn't too painful, but that is when cycled at a reasonable hour in the morning!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby Road Red » Fri May 25, 2012 07:57 am

Yea, Yorks and Whites are buggers, but they are short. After all the Catford hill climb up Yorks is done in under 2 minutes. How bad can it be? :twisted:

Dig in hard for a few minutes and you will be fine!!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby TheStone » Fri May 25, 2012 09:41 am

bikergirl17 wrote:according to the gps files evans posted, it is only about 7000 feet, not 9000. admittedly, including a few nasty steep hills on the second half which also have me seriously freaked out. the first half isn't too painful, but that is when cycled at a reasonable hour in the morning!


I've done it a couple of times and it's around 2550m of climbing. (google says that's 8366ft)

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby hatone » Fri May 25, 2012 09:56 am

Hydration will be key for this ride. Temps likely to hit 25 degrees by midday.

2 x 750 ml bottles on the agenda me thinks..

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby FransJacques » Fri May 25, 2012 12:36 pm

Here's my 2009 trace: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/77171533 Pretty close to 2500 meters I'd say. It was year the rain was bucketing down, it was really horrible. 2010 was sunny and warm but I was ill. Last year was sunny, windy, and a bit cool - I did the half. This year I'm back on for the full. See you out there.
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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby espencer86 » Fri May 25, 2012 13:19 pm

I signed up for the half - can't see that I could have made it down to Gatwick that early. Looking like it'll be a nice day so going to get out the sun tan lotion and the bigger bottles!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby bikergirl17 » Fri May 25, 2012 20:40 pm

i did the half in 2009 -- boy that was miserable (after an hour shivering at the half way rest stop i packed it in!).
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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby nunowoolmez » Fri May 25, 2012 22:05 pm

don't forget the sun tan lotion!!!

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby curium » Sat May 26, 2012 16:52 pm

I have an entry for tomorrow's Evan's Cycles King of the Downs Sportive that I can no longer use.

It takes in some nice Surrey Hills and there's great weather for it. I did a similar route last year and had a great time. It starts tomorrow morning from 6am (27/5/2012) near Gatwick Airport, Junction 10 off the M23.

If anyone wants the entry, PM me and I'll reply with details when I get home tonight. First PM get it.

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby hatone » Sun May 27, 2012 19:45 pm

Well the temperature certainly played a role today. Garmin registered 29 degrees at one point!

Event was superbly organised and feed stations were well-stocked. Did the full route in under 6hr 40 mins on my Allez training bike...

High temperatures took its toll towards the end. Sporting a bit of sun burn 8)

Road surface was very rough at places with 2nd loop climbs being considerably harder than the 1st.

How did you guys fair?

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby bikergirl17 » Sun May 27, 2012 20:58 pm

wow on that time. Also thought well organised and food was plentiful -- only quibble is they should have done an extra water station (was without water for most of second loop. So went at really moderate pace as had serious bike accident last time I dehydrated) and clearer signage in charley wood (I redid about 1/2 mile of the ride up that small climb!). Beautiful route too, esp the second half after the wall. Also cycled almost entire route alone -- wasn't like a lot of people passed me either. I guess the 3 hour starting time keeps everyone spread out?

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Re: King of the Downs 2012

Postby nunowoolmez » Sun May 27, 2012 21:10 pm

yeah the heat was pretty oppressive & i was really suffering at one point. My muscles began to seize up & it was hard going. That last feed station took ages to come but gave me a chance to recover & stretch. Put in a big effort after that & finished the full route in 7:05. Didn't help that i lost one of my contact lenses as it flew out of my eye whizzing down Ranmoore? (the very quick descent before boxhill comes). The other one moves about a lot too so it was quite dodgy on the descents after this as i basically couldn't focus! Had countless bugs fly in my mouth, which added to the days nutrients i spose! Great route, very hilly & varied. Would ride it again. Next up...The Dragon!


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