Rider entries are still open for the 2013 edition of the classic Circuit of Kent cyclo-sportive, one of the first sportives in the UK.
Now in its 16th year, the Circuit of Kent on Sunday, September 8, features two picturesque routes around the Garden of England – 80km (approx 50 miles) and 130km (approx 81 miles). The event was the first to offer gold, silver and bronze finishing time standards based on age and gender.
Both routes start at Godden Green near Sevenoaks, and take in the hills and idyllic scenery that is typical of the area: oast houses, pretty villages and fields of trees bursting with ripe fruit.
Finishers can then expect to be treated to music from a live band and a dazzling array of post-ride food, both hot and cold.
This year the organiser, Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club, has introduced a corporate team entry scheme to encourage riders to take to the roads with their workmates and raise money for charity. They can agree to raise £100 sponsorship (silver) or £200 sponsorship (gold) and receive a ‘Circuit of Kent’ race jersey complete with the name of their company, plus other benefits.
Each year so far the ride has raised £20,000-£30,000 of funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and Hospice in the Weald. That’s £400,000 in total.
Entry to the event costs £30.
For more information on the ride, including route map and online entry, visit www.kentcyclosportive.co.uk.
Circuit of Kent 2012 sportive review