Hilly 50K (2021 DIY edition)
(Updated: 20th Feb. 2021)
Perhaps you fancy a challenging one-day ride offering over 3000 feet of climbing? Well that's our Hilly 50Km event which is normally held in March. In 2021 the event would have been held on Saturday March 6th but due to the continuing severity of the Coronavirus pandemic the committee has decided that the event as we know it cannot go ahead. So this year the challenge is presented as a DIY affair which riders can complete when it suits them, either solo or in pairs until the rules change. Many will be pleased to note that the route provides 14 'bonus' kilometres. Some will want to ride the course in two parts, ending the first half at the top of Star Lane by the beautiful St Margaret's Church (dedicated to St Margaret of Anitoch) for example. Coulsdon and Banstead are about 3 miles away for those who need a cup of tea before riding home. Please do the ride in your own way.
With a requirement to keep rides 'local' during the pandemic we have embraced this opportunity to design an entirely new route. Very sadly Mike Morley died in January. He had organised our traditional Hilly 50, staged in the Surrey Hills, for several years. His passing has spurred us into getting our act together to create this special memorial edition of the Hilly 50. Mike's huge enthusiasm for this project was largely driven by his quest to raise funds for his favourite charity, St Raphael's Hospice. So as he would have wanted we are very pleased to be raising money for St Raphael's.
Do note that navigating this route is a technical challenge and we advise studying the map and documentation thoroughly before attempting the ride, and please take a copy of the cue sheet with you.
The route is published here using RideWithGPS. Options on the web page include a facility for exporting the route as a GPX Track for use with various mobile phone GPS Navigation software, and also in the formats used by Garmin devices. Note too that on the web page an assortment of Map Types such as those from Open Street Map can be selected.
Full Cue Sheet/Route Book including small maps
A summary of the event details has been published on the Cycling UK website.
We are grateful to Paul James, the architect of this route, who has cycled over the course several times.
If the Surrey Hills are more local to you than the North Downs around Banstead, Chipstead, Merstham and Caterham, Coulsdon and Woodmansterne you may wish to ride our traditional route.
Turn by turn text instructions are provided in PDF format in this downloadable Route Sheet (Cue Sheet).