As you set off from Folkestone Racecourse, you’ll notice war-related relics dotted about throughout the entirety of the ride. You’ll also notice how flat the first couple of hours of the day are, as you’ll plunge downhill after the first five miles onto a huge, level plateau that links New Romney to Lydd, Rye and Applesede out near the windy coast and Dungeness power station– before heading in-land, where your climbing legs will really be put to the test.
After 30-odd miles of flat and quiet country lanes, the course heads towards Tenterden, where the going starts to get tough. The climbs are short and sharp, proving enough of a test having just enjoyed some of the flattest roads in the region.
Looping around picturesque villages St Michaels, High Halden and Woodchurch, you’ll have chance to catch your breath from your time riding through the country lanes as the ride soon heads back towards its south Kent start point. The roads stay remote and the gradients will work in your favour near the end as you can choose to push for a strong finish or roll in on a relaxed note.
This is a sportive of two halves and you’re sure to enjoy the historical sights in the area.