It has been confirmed that Denbies vineyard has been chosen as a key part of the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic route, with the Surrey part of the race centred on Dorking and the surrounding Surrey Hills, including Ranmore Common (Denbies vineyard), Leith Hill, Staple Lane and Box Hill (which was the pinnacle of the 2012 Olympic race).
Keen to embrace the legacy of this nationwide participation event, Denbies have agreed to donate the use of the Estate for the event which features 150 of the world’s top professional male riders racing through the vineyard.
The Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 is aiming to become one of the biggest charity fundraising events in the world and it is felt that the impact on the area can be outstandingly positive. The introduction of rolling road closures wherever possible in Surrey for the professional men’s event in 2014 and the use of private land rather than public roads will help limit the impact of road closures on local residents.
The organisers have set a target of raising £12 million for charitable causes and Denbies are delighted to be associated with Prudential RideLondon.
Following the collaboration with Surrey Hills and the success of the Surrey Hills Road Race Festival which celebrated the 2012 Olympic Cycling Road Race, a family day out is currently being planned to ensure that the Denbies part of the race is accessible to all.
Rob Fairbanks, Surrey Hills AONB Board Director comments; The Surrey Hills are delighted to be working with Denbies Wine Estate and Mole Valley District Council to celebrate the Prudential Ride London/Surrey coming to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is a fantastic opportunity to showcase the Surrey Hills and our local food and drink producers.
Denbies vineyard regularly hosts sporting and charity related events as the hill climb to Ranmore common represents a huge challenge to participants. The private stretch of road measures around two-and-a-half kilometres long, and has an average gradient of six per cent. It is reported to be tougher than Box Hill.
The major annual event hosted by Denbies is the Bacchus Marathon and Half, organised by local events company Events to Live, in association with Dorking council, which takes place in September. Now in its fifth year, the race attracts in excess of 1,500 participants from all over the globe. This year’s charity benefactor is Princess Alice Hospice. The Bacchus half marathon was voted the 2nd best half marathon in the UK last year by Runner’s World with Mole Valley voted the best place in the country for organised running events, according to the readers of Runner’s World magazine.