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Conquering the Box Hill Original

Conquering the Box Hill Original

An epic ride in every sense. Full of short, sharp climbs that are the equivalent of tackling Alpe D’Huez twice.
I’m in the Surrey Hills with Will. He’s an old friend; an old friend who was definitely faster than me. But I’ve not ridden with him for a few years and so when we meet in Dorking for a catch up ride over 100 miles in the summer sunshine, I’m feeling that serene sense of invincibility and misguided optimism that usually precedes an embarrassing episode of being totally shown up on two wheels. As I’m about to find out, the Surrey Hills is not a place where you can get away with it.

Surrey Hills. The clue is in the name. We’re following the epic route of the Box Hill Original Sportive , a 100-mile loop out of Dorking that criss-crosses a purple patch of picturesque and quintessentially British countryside, which, as we’ve established, is quite hilly.

The Climbs

Box Hill

A fast, smooth climb; attack the hairpins but leave a bit in the tank for the false flat at the top.
Ranmore Common Road A gentle approach is followed by a steep hairpin bend, although it’s short […]

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