|2013 Help for Heroes
Help for Heroes Dawn Raid Cyclosportive - 2nd June 2013
Help for Heroes Dawn Raid Cyclosportive : spaces still available
This year Help for Heroes have introduced an even more challenging element to their cycling portfolio in the form of the Dawn Raid Sportive.
The riders will depart from 2am on Sunday 2 June to reach Blackheath later that morning and join the rest of the 2013 Hero Ride for the final 10 miles into central London.
In keeping with the military tradition, the route will set off from the Help for Heroes run Recovery Centre, Tedworth House in Wiltshire, where wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women are helped with their recovery.
The 100-mile Dawn Raid route, which is being supported by Andy Cook Cycling, will take 250 riders through Wiltshire, Hampshire and Surrey to the iconic Box Hill, retracing the tracks of the London 2012 Olympic Road Race heroes, before taking a turn into south London and dropping to the finish at Blackheath Common. Andy Cook has been a leading figure in UK cycling for many years, with a vast wealth of experience in all aspects of the industry he is a fully qualified cycling coach, and has worked in the fields of competitive sport and mass-participation events for British Cycling (the UK’s national body).
Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish, who has recently become a Help for Heroes Patron, said: “I have seen first-hand the great work that Help for Heroes do and I’m a passionate supporter of the charity. Hero Ride is a very special project to me because it engages the sport I love for a greater cause. Get on your bike and set yourself a challenge – whether it is to ride 10, 100 or 1,000 miles - join Help for Heroes in London on 2nd June for the grand finale.”
Although the route is relatively flat, with just 648 metres of climbing with the highest point being 219 metres, it is designed for competent cyclists who thrive in a timed challenge, will enjoy the adventure of night-time riding and will have enough energy left at the end for the 10 mile Hero Ride London grand finale from Blackheath to the Horse Guards Parade. There will be pit stops en route to help riders refuel and a full meal on arrival at Blackheath.
Online: Hero Ride
By Phone: 01725 514106
Cost: Entry for the Dawn Raid sportive is £50.
Leaving Tedworth House in Tidworth, the riders will climb up onto Perham Down to ensure that they warm up quickly. They will then pass by the famous Thruxton motor racing circuit before crossing Andover and picking up the glorious Test Valley.
They will carry on through Whitchurch and Overton before skirting under Basingstoke. Maintaining a military theme the ride will then pass the Odiham airfield and cross the Basingstoke canal after traversing the North Hampshire Downs. Prior to Aldershot the route takes the riders over Burn's Plain and past the Royal Pavillion before crossing Aldershot town.
Riders will pass under the military ranges and head north of Guildford before crossing the River Wey. After Ripley, the route will take in Effingham Junction, pass through Great Bookham and take the quiet scenic route to West Humble nestled under the North Downs. The riders will then cross the A24 before commencing the climb of Box Hill made famous by the 2012 Olympic Road Race.
They will then descend down through the Chipstead Valley towards Purley and on to Croyden. The route will climb up past Selhurst Park, the home of Crystal Palace Football Club, up to the radio mast before passing Sydenham, Catford and Lewisham and dropping to the finish at Blackheath Common.
2013 Dawn Raid Webpage
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