Entries filling fast for Circuit of Kent sportive
Kevin Attridge Circuit of Kent 2009
A limited number of places are still available for this year's classic Circuit of Kent cyclo-sportive on Sunday September 12, 2010.
The maximum capacity of participants has been increased to 1,000 for 2010, but organiser Derek Williams has been inundated with registrations from previous entrants and Circuit of Kent virgins alike. Just four years ago the entry list was 500 riders.
The ride itself is one of the longest running cyclo-sportives on the British calendar, and this year's ride will be its 14th edition.
Two distances are available: 80km or 130km. Both start and finish at Sevenoaks Prep School, Godden Green, Sevenoaks. Registration starts from 7.30am, with riders heading off between 9-9.30am. All riders are electronically timed, and awards are given for those reaching gold, silver or bronze standard times.
One of the most attractive features of the ride - aside from the beautiful rolling Kent countryside in early autumn and impeccable organisation - is the post-ride dinner. A full slap-up pasta meal, accompanied by a live band, is part of the entry fee. Making a hot meal for 1,000 hungry cyclists is no mean feat!
The rolling route is well waymarked, marshalled and includes feed stations en route. Watch out for the final climb up One Tree Hill, the sting in the tail of the ride.
Profits go to several charities, including Hospice in the Weald and Macmillan Cancer Support. Over £200,000 has been raised by the event for these charities so far.
Registration for the 2010 Circuit of Kent costs £30, and can either be done on the official website or by contacting event organiser Sevenoaks Amherst Rotary Club via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: 01959 522148.
Circuit of Kent official website
Circuit of Kent 2009: Cycling Weekly review