The first big challenge of 2014
A small group of us tackled the 73 mile/117km route on Saturday. It was a very windy day, with the occasional bit of drizzle. I've made my Garmin file of the route available to everyone, so click here to take a look. Annoyingly I had my recorder off for about 5km near the end (Darenth Valley), but you'll get the picture! Feel free to download.
We took our time, as we were checking out all aspects of the route for marshalling purposes. It took us about 5hrs 15mins of pedalling time. I think some might achieve a sub 4hr30m for the long course, others well over 6 hours. We have a range of riders testing the course and will set some Gold, Silver and Bronze targets accordingly.
Have no doubt, this is a tough ride with about 6,700ft of climbing. The first 20 miles, leading to the top of Carters Hill at over 700ft, really is a challenge. Once you get there, you have the easiest part of the route, through the Weald, before tackling the long haul to the top of Ashdown Forest (Black Hill at 740ft). At that point you turn for home, with the main obstacle being Ide Hill.
The route has lots of stunning views and takes you through some of the most beautiful back lanes of Kent.
For those of the you doing the 47mile/75km route, we'll be posting some further details shortly. While it has fewer big climbs, it's still a great early season challenge, with stunning views.
If you have any questions, do post on this forum.
Just wondering what the time targets are for platinum, gold, silver & bronze? Is the time target aspect new to the 2013 sportive, or did you set some targets last year?
Very soon we'll be loading up the final Garmin files for the 2013 route. There are some tiny changes we have to make on the 2012 route, but might impact by a couple of minutes.
Last year we did have some targets for the first time, but they were too tough. For a "Male Senior" for 2013, we will have:
Many people do like targets, and we'll report against them this time (without making it a race). It's a very challenging course, hence the wide spread (also reflecting time of year).
We ensure that it's straightforward, for people who are finding it tough, to move to a shorter route at a particular point.
A slightly less lumpy Kentish Killer 2013. Looking at this route I'm glad we don't have to go up Starhill and down Pollhill before dropping back on to Pilgrrims in to Otford. That was real killer knowing a 0.5km shortcut was there for the taking!
Hi, it does include Star Hill (see Maps)
Final GPX going up tonight. I'll hide this thread when it does, to avoid any confusion.
Thanks Chris. Are they not up already though? I downloaded the 2013 long & short vsns from the homepage this morning. Are there vsns that are even more up-to-date than these? Cheers, ed.
Did you download via Bikely? They are basically fine.
They're basically correct.....but will confirm all once I get myself sorted. Just recovering from doing the OPCC reliability ride!
I think I may have been looking at the 2011 route.
Where do I find the 2013 route, or is it the same as the 2012 route
If you look at the box at the top left of this site, final GPX and downloads are there. Very similar long route to last year. Short route is different.
We are doing a practice run of the route next weekend to make sure there are no problems at all. We did the Old Portlians RR today, and some of the roads were pretty awful!