The SWRC has been running the May Flyer sportive for many years and 2019 will see its 21st consecutive running. Over the years it has increased in popularity and we get consistent positive feedback on its friendly nature and efficient organisation. The availability of free homemade refreshments is also very popular. The 2019 event will take place on Sunday 19th May.
There is a choice of two routes. The shorter Flyer covers 90km and involves 1052m of climbing. It follows a meandering course around the North Downs and Surrey Hills. The longer Flyer Challenge covers 153km and involves 1725m of climbing. This route takes riders down to Amberley in West Sussex and then returns via a different set of mainly quiet country lanes. Both routes are challenging and take in some notorious local climbs including Staple Lane, Pitch Hill and Combe Bottom. The routes are available below in electronic form . Riders are strongly advised to download these to a portable navigation device if they can. From time to time events are sabotaged by direction signs being removed. We would hate anyone's enjoyment of the day being ruined should this happen.
The rides start and finish at Oxshott Village Centre, Holtwood Road, Oxshott KT22 0QJ. Car parking is available at the nearby Oxshott BR station. This is large and mainly empty on Sundays when there is a small £2 parking charge. Riders will set off in groups of about 20 from 8.00 a.m. onwards.
The routes will be marked by signs which have black arrows on a yellow background attached to telegraph poles, road signs etc. There will be additional warning signs at key points of the course. Club members will be acting as marshals at the course divide in Hydestile and at important road junctions. The role of the marshals is to give direction and to warn of potential hazards. They are not there to say whether or not it is safe to proceed. That is a decision which riders need to take for themselves.
There will be fully stocked feedstations at Lodsworth (long route only) and Ellens Green (long and short routes. a selection of homemade sandwiches and cakes along with tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided at the finish.
The event is electronically timed with riders being able to see their individual times as soon as they finish. A full list of finishing times is published on the timing company's website soon after the last rider has returned.
A mechanic will be present at the start and he will be driving the long route during the event.. There will be a SAG wagon to pick up any riders who may have run into difficulty. A number will be issued to all riders for use in the event of a medical emergency or mechanical problem which they are unable to resolve themselves.
We are proud of the May Flyer's reputation as a friendly event run by cyclists for cyclists. We do everything we can to make it an enjoyable day for everyone, but this can be enhanced if riders follow a few simple rules and suggestions:
- Every rider must wear a helmet: no helmet: no ride.
- Every rider should ensure that their bike is well maintained and preferably serviced in the recent past.
- Although there will be a mechanic at the event, we expect riders should at least be proficient at changing a punctured inner tube.
- We advise riders at least to carry two spare tubes, tyre levers, a multi-tool and a pump (or CO2 cartridges).
- Make sure you carry enough food and drink to ensue you can ride comfortably between feedstations.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and, at this time of year, it is advisable to carry a foldable rain jacket.
- Remember that sportives are not races and we expect riders to treat each other with consideration and respect.
- Similarly we expect riders to show consideration for other road users, pedestrians and local residents.
To enter, please follow the link to the SI Entries website:
The SWRC support the Full Circle Fund Therapies which provides pioneering patient therapy programmes for young children and adults with life-limiting illnesses at St George's Hospital, London. Any donations for the FCF taken when entering the event will be matched by the SWRC.
Some funds raised by the club also go to the Kent, Surrey, Sussex Air Ambulance