News: VC St Raphael Hard Riders


There will be a new course for the VC St Raphael/Waite Contracts hard riders time trial on February 19 (2017)

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News: VC St Raphael Hard Riders

When: 19th February 2017

Velo Club St Raphael/Waite Contracts have decided to raise the bar for 2017 after a succesful event in 2016. So for 2017 they have created a new Hard Riders course to mix things up a little.


Some people call it the Hell of the South but after riding it, it’s been nicknamed “The Pain on Portsdown Hill”. It is slightly longer than this year’s event but also tougher. There will also be a prize for (Gran Premio Della Montagna or for Strava Fans KOM) at the 4.5 mile marker but the prize will only be awarded if you complete the full course.

The event will consist of two categories; Time Trial and Road bike categories and the organiser is reaching out to the roadies of the world to come and see how you fair against some of the best Testers in the South DC area and possibly further afield.

The event has good prizes, is well marshalled and another course record is up for grabs but best of all loads of cake …

Feel free to train on this course and see you on the 19th February 2017
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Course Description:
– START at Mellish Bottom at Farm shop in layby on B2177.
– Proceed East to Staple crossroads.
– Continue on to Southwick rbt, carry straight on B2177 up Southwick Hill towards Portsmouth to turn at roundabout junction with James Callaghan Drive (GR 648066) (Portsdown Roundabout) 4.633 miles.
– Retrace to Southwick rbt taking the 2nd exit and Proceed on B2177 to Staple Cross road, then left to South Boarhunt across small bridge bear right on the bend to climb through South Boarhunt
– then turn left into Swivelton Lane (10 miles)
– continue on to junction with Portsdown Hill road
– turn left continue along Portsdown Hill road to main roundabout (Portsdown Roundabout).
– Take 1st exit onto B2177 to descend Portsdown Hill to Southwick Roundabout
– Take the 2nd exit and proceed on the B2177 (15.00 miles ) towards Wickham passing through the start where the FINISH at Holts Mead in line with TP134 0.375 miles west of start (18.1)




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