VO2 Safari Sportive

About the VO2 Safari Sportive

VO2 Safari Sportive

The Safari Sportive is a truly special event, starting inside Port Lympne Reserve right next to the Lion Enclosure and Black Rhino Paddocks.  The route takes you past more amazing animals as you follow the road across the top of the park.

Leaving the reserve you begins the 90km journey around the marshes passing through Dymchurch, Camber and Rye. Part of your entry fee for this event will be donated to The Aspinall Foundation.

Online entry has now closed. On the day entry will be accepted.

Event Details

  • Event Date: 21 May 2017
  • Venue: Port Lympne Reserve, Hythe, Kent
  • Start Time: 8:30am
  • Distance: 90km
  • Price: £35
  • Difficulty Level: 2/5

Event Features

  • On-line entry
  • Registration at Port Lympne Reserve
  • Start inside the reserve
  • Chip Timing
  • Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze time standards
  • Event specific route markings
  • Feed station with High 5 Nutrition
  • One simple yet stunning 90km route
  • Food and drinks after the ride
  • Full mechanical support
  • Insured and supported by British Cycling
  • Sport massage post event

We're pleased to announce that (S)ports (A)ction (P)hoto will be providing official event photography for the VO2 Safari Sportive.  The team will be positioned at key points along the route to capture you as you ride past.  Photo's will be available to view and purchase 24 hours after the event.  View the event gallery here.


Route Information

Starting inside Port Lympne reserve the route leaves the park and descends down on the flat of the marshes. First heading to Dymchurch, then New Romney, Dungeness, Lyd and Camber before arriving in Rye.

The course then becomes undulating as it rolls across the hills of Wittersham and Tenterden and Woodchurch. As with all our events we finish on a climb up to back up to Port Lympne Reserve.

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About The Aspinall Foundation 

The Aspinall Foundation is a registered charity (No.326567) that is actively involved with several projects that incorporate a diverse range of conservation activities both at the Kent based Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, in addition to well-established overseas projects in the Congo, Gabon, Madagascar and Java.

The charity’s main spheres of conservation-based activity include captive breeding, education, ecosystem management, local community education projects, capacity building, habitat surveys and the rehabilitation of confiscated wild animals.

Please note entering this event doesn't give you access to the park once the event has begun.

If friends and family would like to visit the park whilst you are cycling, the admission gate will be open from 7.30am to buy tickets. 


Fundraising for The Aspinall Foundation

Make your miles count and use your place on the Safari Sportive to fundraise for The Aspinall Foundation.  Simply register for your place then head to Virgin Money Giving to set up your online fundraising page. If you raise £50 or more, you'll receive a free entry ticket to the park.

Every penny you raise in sponsorship will help the Aspinall Foundation continue their vital work with animals around the world.