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Sportive Report Feb/March 2017

By brian_perry - Posted on 20 March 2017

Saturday 11th March the Ups and Downs was out of Cranleigh
Paul East reports “80 miles with two long climbs near the end. Lovely day and in short sleeves for most of this one. Finished in 4hrs 24 21 for gold standard. Not sure of official placing (as it's not a race!) :-) but 17th on Strava.”

Recorded as 95th/496. Paul and myself looked at the fast Epic riders' times and tried to locate them on Strava - some hadn't ridden the course, so I believe Paul deserves a much higher position.Brian

Spring Onion - 250 riders from Cobham Surrey. RCC represented by Paul East and Dan Clipston

Paul East
“I was 29th with a time of 3 44 54. It didn't actually start to rain until I had nearly finished so was a bit overdressed to start with. I did manage to get in a small group for a while, unlike the previous day, but even then seemed to be on the front of it mostly. It was the second time I've ridden this event. Only 60 miles but quite hilly.”

Dan Clipston reports
“I finished in 3:39.07 for sub 3:45 gold time. Anyone planning for next year who likes old style well run events with a lot of steep slithery lanes should do this one. It was good fun”.

Companion Event Compact 50 on Good Friday

Hell of the Ashdown 19th February From Biggin Hill

Brian Perry reports: “ I attempted this last year but retired with broken gear cable. This year no such distractions. It’s a challenging course based on Catford CC’s long established reliability trial. Within a a couple of miles there’s a short very steep climb, and then a more gentle approach to Toy’s Hill , which at 248m is Kent’s second highest point. I managed a fairly ‘solid’ ride in the winter sunshine through some excellent scenery, along a variety of lanes and roads - even a small ford to cross. Climbs were usually long and challenging, cramming in approx. 2000m climbing in just over 100km. The feed stations were well stocked and fairly relaxed meeting points. It seemed to me that this is a popular ride for several local clubs judging by the jerseys on show.
I finished 5:03 mins 256/661 finishers.

This event is well organised, and obviously draws on a large base of volunteers. Based at a secondary school, there were three car parks available and the great majority of junctions around the route had a marshall, with motorcycle backup too.
At the finish there were cooked meals or snacks available.

I particularly approved of the timing mats at checkpoints on the course - a facility that seems to have disappeared from some of the larger sportives.