VO2 Sportive

About the VO2 Sportive


The VO2 Sportive has become a must do sportive in the South East and kick starts the cycle season. The course for the 11th edition takes in some of the classic climbs of the Kent and Sussex roads inclunding, Shipbourne Hill, Ide Hill, Groombridge Hill and Hubbards Hill. 


Event Details

  • Event Date: Sunday 17th March 2019
  • Venue: VO2 Cycling, Hildenborough, Kent
  • Start Time: 8:00am - 9:00am
  • Distance: 70km / 115km
  • Price: £30

Difficulty Levels:

  • 70km - 4/5
  • 115km - 5/5

Event Features


  • Online entry by RiderHQ
  • Registration at the VO2 Studio
  • Start and finish in Mountains Country House Estate
  • Electronic timing
  • Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze time standards
  • Fully signed routes

  • Fully stocked feed stations
  • Two stunning routes - 70km or 115km
  • Food and drink buffet after the ride included
  • Insured and supported by British Cycling


Route Information - 70km 


The 70km route takes in some stunning scenery around Kent, following the first and last parts of the 115km route. Starting in front of the beautiful Fosse Bank School, the route takes you around a small anti-clockwise loop before heading to Shipborne for the first climb of the route - Shipborne Hill.

From there the route winds across to Knole Park in Sevenoaks and descends River Hill before entering Weald. From Weald the route heads to Chiddingstone and around Bough Beech where it hits the 2nd major climb of the day, Ide Hill. At the top is the first feed station.

After taking in the scenery and some food, the course descends into Brasted and then climb Crockham Hill. After descending into Four Elms the two distances split. The 70km riders take a left at the crossroads in Four Elms and head back to Bough Beech village, where the 115km route re-joins the course. Both sets of riders continue to Chiddingstone Causeway before turning left to Weald and climbing Hubbards Hill.

Heading out of Sevenoaks with a final descent of River Hill, riders return to Hildenborough and the finish line back at the VO2 Cycling HQ.


70km route time standards



  • Platinum - Under 2hrs 15min
  • Gold - Under 2hrs 30min
  • Silver - Under 3hrs
  • Bronze - Under 4hrs


  • Platinum - Under 2hrs 45min
  • Gold - Under 3hrs
  • Silver - Under 3hrs 30min
  • Bronze - Under 4hrs 30min

Route Information - 115km 


Riders on the 115km route join their fellow cyclists as both routes follow the same course out of Hildenborough towards Sevenoaks and Knowle Park.  This section of the route tackles the well known Ide Hill before the long routes split off towards Edenbridge. 

You'll start climbing again before heading out towards the Ashdown Forest and another climb up Chuck Hatch.  The feed station awaits at the top of the climb, with stunning views across the Ashdown forest. 

Descend into Groombridge and across to Penshurst to climb up past PORC on Grove Road. From there the route winds its way back across to Bough Beech and onto Chiddingstone Causeway.  You'll tackle the final major climb of the day, Hubbards Hill, before heading out of Sevenoaks, down River Hill and back to the Walled Garden


115km route time standards



  • Platinum - Under 4hrs 30min
  • Gold - Under 5hrs
  • Silver - Under 6hrs
  • Bronze - Under 7hrs


  • Platinum - Under 5hrs
  • Gold - Under 5hrs 30min
  • Silver - Under 6hrs 30min
  • Bronze - Under 7hrs 30min