Now in it's fourth year and the second event in the Cycling Weekly Sportive Series, this challenging pedal around the Surrey Hills will certainly see who’s put enough hours in over the winter!

When: Sunday 20 March, 2016

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Where: Aviva Centre Dorking, Pixham Lane, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1QA

Why ride it? Set in what is rapidly becoming one of the most popular cycling areas in the country, the Surrey Hills Cyclone takes in the best Surrey has to offer. The winding and varied route takes in some challenging climbs to test even the most experienced of sportive riders.

As riders are treated to a route that takes in picturesque rural villages, beautiful countryside and challenging hills, the route really sets the scene for a great cycling year ahead. All three routes start in Dorking, which is easily accessed by bike, car and train. It is also a great place to get straight into the famous Surrey Hills, delving into the scenic countryside, tough terrain and amazing views.

Slightly shorter than some of the other Cycling Weekly events, the The Surrey Hills Cyclone Epic route comes in at 87 miles. But don’t be fooled, with a total elevation gain of nearly 6000 feet, this is still a great and rewarding challenge. Although it’s 26 miles shorter, the Standard route still manages to pack in all the major climbs. For those not wanting to cover such a great mileage, the Short route packs the best of the local roads into its 42 miles.

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Surrey Hills Cylone Short Route: 42 miles

Surrey Hills Cyclone-ShortSurrey Hills Cylone Standard Route: 61 miles

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Surrey Hills Cylone Epic Route: 87 miles

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The hills are challenging and the routes are varied, but with enough training and preparation all three distances are achievable for a wide range of riders. For those taking on the Epic, the route takes in some of this part of the world’s best known climbs. There isn’t much of a warm-up as the route soon takes in the climb up to Ranmore, which gives riders an early taste of things to come.

With that out the way, the route continues its way on and through the scenic back lanes of Cranleigh. Just when the ride seems to be flowing along without much in the way of a challenge, riders find themselves ascending Barhatch Lane; a leg and lung tester to say the least.

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As the Epic route continues, some respite can be temporarily found in the calm undulations of the Low Weald between the North and South Downs as the route makes a scenic loop of Peaslake. From here the route takes the lesser travelled ascent of Leith Hill via Broomehall Lane, which serves as the perfect warm-up for the day’s big ride: Whitedown Lane.

What starts easily enough, Whitedown Lane soon becomes a monster of a climb with long sections of 20 per cent and a hairpin bend nearing 25 per cent. Once this beast is conquered, riders can spin out their legs on the run in back to Dorking; or better still empty the tank with a fast finish.

The Standard route riders will have the same climbs to look forward to, but with less mileage – so perhaps less time to recover in between. The Short route misses the climbs of Barhatch Lane and Leith Hill, but still takes in the ominous Whitedown – so not to be sniffed at!

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