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.
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
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.