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Velo South cancelled due to Storm Bronagh

Organiser takes decision to cancel sportive with expected winds of 80mph set to hit West Sussex this Sunday

Cyclist magazine
21 Sep 2018

Velo South 2018: Key information

Date: Sunday 23rd September 2018
Start: Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX
Finish: Goodwood Motor Circuit
Distance: 100 miles / 160km
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Velo South 2018: Route

The 2018 Velo South route takes in the best of the West Sussex countryside as it loops around in an anti-clockwise direction.

The route starts on the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, before covering the 100-mile fully-closed road parcour. The event has sold out, and so there will be 15,000 riders taking on the challenge through the West Sussex lanes.

With rolling countryside, panoramic views, picturesque villages and iconic climbs, the organiser hopes that the route will showcase the very best of this stunning part of the country.

Riders can expect to be treated to a grandstand finish on the tarmac of Goodwood, as the route ends with a celebratory lap of the track. Finishers will then enter the paddocks to collect their participation medal.

Velo South 2018: Route in quarters - the organiser describes what riders can expect

0-25 miles / 0-40km

Leaving Goodwood Motor Circuit, riders will roll through the historic Goodwood Estate in a neutralised formation, ensuring a safe and relaxed passage to the official start of the route.

Upon exiting the Goodwood Estate via Claypit Lane and crossing the timing mats, riders will soon be on the A285 – a flat, wide road that will enable them to get in a group and find a comfortable pace as they settle into the ride.

Featuring sweeping views of the Sussex Weald at the top of Duncton Hill Viewpoint, the first 10 miles (16km) will fly by as riders make their way towards the picturesque market town of Petworth, home of Petworth House.

From here, riders will head into the historic village of Pulborough before exiting via Stane Street – a famously straight Roman Road – as they approach the hamlet of Adversane.

This is the location of the first Rider Pit Stop, providing riders with an opportunity to have a breather, re-hydrate and stock up on energy products.

As riders head towards the end of the first 25 miles (40km), they will leave the South Downs National Park and begin heading deep into quintessential West Sussex countryside.

25-50 miles / 40-80km

The next 25 miles (40km) of the route will take riders through the flattest section of the course, but it’s not all plain sailing!

Riders will need to prepare for a lumpy section as they exit Copsale and head towards Horsham just before mile 40. With the route passing through many villages such as Ashington, Wiston and Partridge Green, riders will begin to get a taste of the spectacular countryside that characterises so much of the route.

The second Rider Pit Stop is located in the most easterly section of the route near Stan’s Bike Shack in Partridge Green - a must-visit coffee and cake stop for those training rides.

As riders exit the Rider Pit Stop they will begin hugging the southerly outer skirts of Horsham and before long, they will find themselves heading west up and over the A24 via South Street and into Southwater.

The third Rider Pit Stop is a welcome reprieve nestled quietly in the heart of the route just before Five Oaks. Upon departure, riders will once again join Stane Street and enjoy the quick, straight road towards the River Arun crossing and the A281.

50-75 miles / 80-120km 

Despite the absence of any major climbs, the northerly third quarter of the route is characterised by undulating country roads as riders re-enter the South Downs National Park between Plaistow and Fisherstreet.

With the legs starting to feel the exertions of the first 50 miles (80km), this section offers riders an opportunity to lock into a manageable pace and tick off the miles as they appreciate the beautiful scenery that surrounds them.

The highlight is undoubtedly the Wey and Arun Junction Canal and the Loxwood Canal Centre which is restoring London’s lost route to the sea.

The route’s undulations become increasingly noticeable between miles 65 and 75, which luckily for riders is just before the penultimate Rider Pit Stop of the day.

Make sure you take a breather, hydrate and take on board some calories as the toughest section of the route awaits…

75-100 miles / 120-160km

The final quarter of the ride is as beautiful as it is challenging. The first of two significant climbs to tackle is the infamous Coombe Hill – a challenging climb that will reward riders with far-reaching views of the South Downs National Park.

From here, riders will roll into the fifth and final Rider Pit Stop to prepare them for Harting Hill - the toughest climb of the day and the King & Queen of the Mountain Climb.

Located after 85 miles (137km) and with an average gradient of 6.7% (up to 18.3% at its steepest), Harting Hill is a climb that will require riders to dig deep.

Remember, though, it’s the last climb of the day and soon after the finish line awaits…

With the hard work out of the way, riders can look forward to an enjoyable descent back down the hillside where they’ll pass the National Trust’s Uppark House and Gardens and the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve.

Before long, they will be crossing the iconic finish line on Goodwood Motor Circuit where, following a lap of the circuit, their hard-earned medal will await.

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