King of the Downs

Distance: 117 miles. Climbing: 8327ft. Difficulty: 9/10. Strava: One of the two properly tough events on Evans’ RideIt calendar, the King of the Downs is a test of any cyclist. Starting at Evans Cycles HQ just south of Gatwick airport, the course takes in two loops, the first through Surrey and the second through Kent,…

Reigate Hill

Climb in a sentence. The only other road climb on the same piece of ridge as Box Hill, although often busy with cars, Reigate Hill is a good and long test with the final half rising at a constant 8% to the viewpoint at the top. View rating. 8/10. One of the best in Surrey, with the…

Tumber Street

Climb in a sentence.  Innocuous little side road off the Box Hill descent is a fun one to attack and then rejoin the main Headley Road from, with one corner rising to around 10% View rating. 3/10 Difficulty rating. 2/10 Strava Link

Pebble Hill Road

Climb in a sentence. On a map it looks like a shortcut around Box Hill and heading back north to London, but the reality is one of the steepest bits of road in Surrey with the final section well over 20% in gradient, albeit not too long. View rating. 2/10 Difficulty rating. 7/10 Strava Link

Barhatch Lane

Climb in a sentence. Possibly the hardest climb in the South East and another that starts gently before building to a crescendo, with the last 500 metres consistently in double digit gradients. View rating. 3/10 Difficulty rating. 9/10 Strava Link

Combe Lane

Climb in a sentence. Always rising, with a fairly gentle start that builds into a left bend that you can see approaching for 200m which will force you out of the saddle as it briefly hits 20% View rating. 3/10 Difficulty rating. 6/10 Strava Link

Staple Lane

Climb in a sentence. Starting quietly from the dual carriageway, there’s two sections of the climb that ramp up through some rolling fields before a false finish and final kick. View rating. 3/10 Nice fields on the lower slopes into trees at the top. Difficulty rating. 3/10 Strava Link

Peaslake (Radnor Road)

Climb in a sentence. An innocuous left turn off of the main road in Peaslake leads to a straight and testing climb through the woods towards Forest Green. View rating. 2/10 Nothing on the way up or at the top apart from trees. Difficulty rating. 5/10 Nothing too steep but can take you by surprise if you…

Tanhurst Lane

Climb in a sentence. A lesser known climb that is broken into what feels like 3 steep 15% sections with a small respite between each, and effectively takes you to the top of Leith Hill. View rating. 3/10 In the trees all the way up. Difficulty rating. 6/10 Strava Link