We're excited to announce that the 2016 edition of the HotChillee London-Paris will see the first ever closed circuit start in the events 13 year history!
The 300 mile journey to Paris begins from the Thames Gateway, kicking off with an early morning 2.5km individual time trial (ITT) around the Cyclopark circuit at Gravesend.
The ITT results will be used to finalise rider seeding into event speed groups. Once seeded riders will be given the option to return to the track to compete for the General Classification (GC) Yellow Leader's Jersey in a timed 6-lap race of the circuit. Each speed group will set off individually, with any riders not wanting to race setting off last and being able to use this as an opportunity to pick up some bunch riding tips from the HotChillee Ride Captains.
All riders will be timed throughout the event by HotChillee's new timing technology that also captures video footage of each rider - footage which can be accessed on-line as soon as the timing results are live.
Riders will then roll out from Cyclopark through quintessential Kent countryside for an 110km stage to Folkestone. With just a single gradual climb as we leave Gravesend the road rapidly gives way to gently flowing lanes.
There are plenty of Oast houses and waterways to spot on the 90km of flatlands before Lympne Hill, which, at 1km averaging 10% but peaking at 25%, is a worthy test to decide the red Climbers Jersey. It is then just 5km to finish the day and board a transfer to France.