KVG Sportive 2016

Kent Velo Girls Sportive

Sunday 17th April 2016, 9.00 am

Online entry is now CLOSED

Entries on the day will be available at a cost of £30 (family entry £50)


The Kent Velo Girls Sportive is back for 2016. Starting at Hilden Park in Hildenborough, our three routes will take you on a journey through the beautiful winding lanes of Kent and Surrey with plenty of glorious scenery along the way. Whilst all riders are very welcome to join us, this is an event primarily organised for women by women.

We are delighted to be supporting a local charity this year:- Hospice in the Weald provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers in West Kent and northern East Sussex. This means they are there 24 hours a day to help, support and care for patients with an illness where a cure is no longer possible, and for patients who will at some stage die from their illness, whenever that may be. For further information, please visit their website:

If you would like to help us raise further funds for Hospice in the Weald, then why not set up a fundraising page and ask your friends and family to sponsor your ride?  Alternatively, please email to request a sponsorship form.

Below you will find all the information you need for the event:

Location and Parking

Hilden Park Golf & Leisure Club

Rings Hill


Kent TN11 8LX

There will be parking available at both Hilden Park and Hildenborough Station (Sunday charges will apply).


Registration will open at 7.30am and the start times will be staggered as follows:

9.00am            60 miles

9.15am            40 miles

9.30am            20 miles

Hilden Cafe will be open from 7.30am for tea/coffee, bacon sandwiches, etc. Toilets and changing facilities will be available.

Timing chips will be issued to all riders.

The Routes

With three distances – 20/40/60 miles to choose from, there is something for everyone. There will be a feed station on each of the routes (two for those doing the 60 mile ride) stocked with water, sports drinks, bananas, savoury snacks, etc, as well as our very popular home-made brownies and flapjacks. Toilets will be available at the Dormansland feed stop (on the 40/60 mile routes).

The routes will be clearly signed with marshalls at appropriate points.

GPX files of the routes will be sent out to all riders a week before the event. Mechanical support will be provided with a call out charge of £10.

20 mile entry level challenge route – 1073 ft (32km/327metres)

A stunning route through quiet lanes of the Kentish Weald offering scenic views over the charming Kent countryside, with its oast houses, spring lambs and bluebells. This route is suitable for families and cyclists perhaps looking to take part in their first sportive, and requires a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy the rolling nature of the terrain covered.

stats:  20.3m/33km – 1073ft/327m – max grad 8.8%

40 mile intermediate Weald circuit – 2070ft (64km/685metres)

A classic scenic ride through the picturesque Weald of Kent, this route is reasonably hilly but all your hard work will be rewarded with stunning views. This route is suitable for cyclists with some experience of sportives who are perhaps looking to challenge themselves further. Good level of fitness required.

stats:  41.2m/66km – 2247ft/685m – max grad 9.1%

60 mile advanced Weald / Ashdown Forest challenge- 3700 ft (97km/1138metres)

A varied and beautiful, challenging day in the saddle, this 60 mile ride through the High Weald of Kent leads onto the open heaths of Ashdown Forest and its panoramic views. Including the iconic category 4 OFFICIAL 100Climbs No19 Kidds Hill climb, aka “The Wall”, there are plenty of climbs to challenge the spring cycling legs and beautiful scenery around every turn to reward your efforts. Good level of fitness essential.

stats:  61m/98km – 3732ft/1138m – max grad 10.7%

After the ride

All riders will be invited to enjoy a cup of hot soup and a roll. Further refreshments will be available for riders and their supporters in the Hilden Cafe.

Young Riders

Each child under 10 years of age must be accompanied by one adult. One adult per two children aged 10-15 years.

Guidance For Parents Choosing A Route For Young Riders

The 20 mile route is suitable for your child if the following statements apply:

  • My child is over 8 years old.
  • My child is comfortable riding on roads with traffic.
  • My child rides their bike at least once a week.
  • My child can comfortably ride 10 miles only stopping for a quick drink/snack.

The 40 mile route is suitable for your child if the following statements apply:

  • My child is over 12 years old.
  • My child is comfortable riding on roads with traffic.
  • My child rides their bike several times a week.
  • My child can eat and drink whilst riding.
  • My child has completed rides of 25-30 miles.
  • My child loves riding up (and down) big hills.

Safety Information

Cycle helmets MUST be worn by all participants.

Bikes must be in good working condition, responsibility for this lies with the individual rider.

The highway code is to be respected at all times. Please don’t drop any litter along the way.

We reserve the right to ask people who are not following these guidelines to leave the route.