VO2 Sportive

About the VO2 Sportive

Well done to all the riders who took part in the VO2 Sportive 2017.  We hope you had a great day out, and we see you at our next sportive:  The VO2 Safari Sportive.

You can now download the timing results for the day.  Please let us know if you have any questions or queries about the results before we finalise times.

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Event Details

  • Event Date: 12 March 2017
  • Venue: VO2 Cycling, Hildenborough, Kent
  • Start Time: 8:30am
  • Distance: 65km / 120km
  • Price: £35

Difficulty Levels:

  • 65km - 4/5
  • 120km - 5/5

Event Features

  • Online entry by RiderHQ
  • Registration at the VO2 Studio
  • Start and finish in Mountains Country House Estate
  • Electronic timing
  • Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze time standards
  • Fully signed routes

  • Fully stocked feed stations
  • Two stunning routes - 65km or 120km
  • Food and drink buffet after the ride
  • Fully mechanical support
  • Insured and supported by British Cycling

Route Information - 65km 

The 65km route takes in some stunning scenery around Kent, following the first and last parts of the 120km route. Starting in front of the beautiful Fosse Bank School, the route takes you around a small anti-clockwise loop before heading to Shipborne for the first climb of the route - Shipborne Hill.

From there the route winds across to Knole Park in Sevenoaks and descends River Hill before entering Weald. From Weald the route heads to Chiddingstone and around Bough Beech where it hits the 2nd major climb of the day, Ide Hill. At the top is the first feed station.

After taking in the scenery and some food, the course descends into Brasted and then climbs Toys Hill. After descending into Four Elms the two distances split. The 65km riders take a left at the crossroads in Four Elms and head back to Bough Beech village, where the 120km route re-joins the course. Both sets of riders continue to Chiddingstone Causeway before turning left to Weald and climbing Hubbards Hill.

Heading out of Sevenoaks with a final descent of River Hill, riders return to Hildenborough and the finish line back at the Walled Garden.

65km route time standards


  • Platinum - Under 2hrs 15min
  • Gold - Under 2hrs 30min
  • Silver - Under 3hrs
  • Bronze - Under 4hrs


  • Platinum - Under 2hrs 45min
  • Gold - Under 3hrs
  • Silver - Under 3hrs 30min
  • Bronze - Under 4hrs 30min

Route Information - 120km 

Riders on the 120km route join their fellow cyclists as both routes follow the same course out of Hildenborough towards Sevenoaks and Knowle Park.  This section of the route tackles two well known local climbs: Ide Hill and Toys Hill, before the long routes splits off towards Edenbridge. 

You'll start climbing again before heading out towards the Ashdown Forest and another climb up Chuck Hatch.  The feed station awaits at the top of the climb, with stunning views across the the Ashdown forest. 

Descend into Groombridge and across to Penshurst to climb up past PORC on Grove Road. From there the route winds its way back across to Bough Beech and onto Chiddingstone Causeway.  You'll tackle the final major climb of the day, Hubbards Hill, before heading out of Sevenoaks, down River Hill and back to the Walled Garden

120km route time standards


  • Platinum - Under 4hrs 30min
  • Gold - Under 5hrs
  • Silver - Under 6hrs
  • Bronze - Under 7hrs


  • Platinum - Under 5hrs
  • Gold - Under 5hrs 30min
  • Silver - Under 6hrs 30min
  • Bronze - Under 7hrs 30min

VO2 Sportive Charity Partner

We're pleased to be supporting the Brooke, with £5 from every entry to the VO2 Sportive going to the charity.  Brooke is an international animal welfare charity working to improve the lives of working horses, donkeys, mules and the people who depend on them.

Their fantastic volunteers will be with us at each round of the series, helping us marshall the course.  Without them we couldn't run our events, so smile, wave, and say thank you as you ride past them! 

Find out more about this fantastic charity on their website.