Amazing ride, amazing marshalls, amazing views, amazing tea and cake stops, not so amazing me getting up and down the hills, thank you!!

Lucy Hearn

Big thank you to everyone who had a hand in making yesterday's HOTA so hellishly enjoyable - my first, and I loved it.

Chris McCafferty

I'm begining to think I should sin more. Hell has lovely marshals, tea and cake, and sunshine! Thanks all!

Rory H

Thanks to all at Catford CC and volunteers, sportive and triathlons would not be possible without tge commitment and effort if marshals etc, some tricky decents today and as my 1st time was unsure of the roads, had a great ride even tho my gear shifters broke and left my rear cassette on the bottom cog, so the last 10 miles were in 39-11, Star hill was conquered all the same!! See you nxt year for sure

Paul Hastings

Fantastic event. Organisers & Marshalls, hats off. You did a Stirling job all round. Weather was spot on too. No punctures and my front wheel looks like I wheelied all the way round! Can't wait for next year!

Steve Webb

Many thanks to all of the catford cc Marshall and all the tea ladies for putting a fantastic event. I turned this morning with a MB, feeling A bit out of place at the start, soon felt I made the right decision after a couple of miles

Neil Ord

Super day of riding. AND an ice 'kiss'! ha.

Anthony Price

A week ago I was in Lanzarote. Week later I'm slipping on the black ice and stacking it. Luckily not too fast. Straightened my handlebars and got back on. Thanks to all involved.

Tim Lawton

I should also say thank you for organising another great HOTA . Really appreciate all the work the Marshall's and yourself put in !

Mitch Mitchell

Great organization by Catford CC and a fab day out for the five Central London CTC riders who took part, thanks!

Martin Hayman

An excellent ride as usual. Congrats to Catford CC and the team. The black ice was a nightmare for those leaving early and I don't think enough people took the danger seriously enough. There was also some bad etiquette on show today, I said 'thanks' to every one I saw. There was also some bad passing, especially on single track road on either side and at speed, and groups of riders four across overtaking on places like Black Hill, and with horses. I'm sure it was a small minority, but I got passed a lot as I'm quite a slow cyclist compared to those half my age.

Lul Lulham

Good job today guys, just wanted to say a big thank you to all the Marshall's for doing a sterling job!

Duncan Speight

Thanks Catford CC and the team for today's event, thoroughly enjoyed it, well sign posted and great organisation, even if I did feel like I could have done with a MTB down some of those roads...still sun and 11 degrees warmer than last year! Great event!

Daniel Kogan

Well done the organisers and Marshall's - an extremely well run event and great ride today...just need to work on Surrey, Kent and Sussex councils to fix the roads !

Chris Underwood

Hi All
First time attendance at Hell Of Ashdown Event, 6 of us travelled down from Leicestershire, joined 4 others from Epping under the guise Golden Oldies, setting off at 08:56. We all had a great day, the toughest cycling event most of us had attempted. Incredible challanges thrown at everyone involved, the early morning Black Ice, superbly marshalled, seem to bring the best out of most riders, communicating and shouting out warnings to others created genuine cameraderie. it was a real test not just negotiating a tortuous course with its ever depreciating road surfaces, but also trying to work alongside motorists, horse riders, etc throughout the beautiful green lanes of the South Downs. I said Hello to every marshall and thanked them for their efforts ..... I also shouted out some choice words to a minority of riders cycling selfishly past in their tunnel visioned race mode, causing chaos and danger to others, and pissing off other road users .... they were out of the way, and others suffered the wrath i.e aggressive car drivers, and even a horse rearing up like the Lone Ranger!! Typical. Congrats to all involved .... enjoyed seeing some quality riders on a superb course.Dean Jon Grewcock The 9:30 - 10:00 starters were warned about ice and to take extra care and at least 3 Marshals mentioned this in the first few miles! well done and thank you all again, great event!! Paul Hastings Thank you to all the organisers, marshals and especially the caterers. This was my first sportive on my first road bike.The black ice for the first 10 miles was a problem, involving a lot of walking, I was surprised to see so many about turn and head back, even though that meant going back over the same ice covered roads. I pressed on hoping the sun would kick in. I am a cautious rider anyway but was a disappointed with nearly two hours by 14miles. Once the going got better and the confidence came back the speed picked up and progress became much quicker. I now realise the route is designed to challenge the rider and it certainly tested my inexperience, luckily I didn't get a puncture. Regarding mud guards, well I normally ride the road bike only when its fine otherwise the MTB is used, but it is worth considering.
Thanks again all.

Ian Henderson

Yet another cracking ride, much warmer than last year but far icier, saw a good few wipe outs, glad I went out after 9.00am. Looking forward to next years event.

Neil Yogi Hunt

What a shame to have to bail due to the black ice on the first decent weekend in ages. Excellent job done by the few marshals I encountered on my limited ride. Luckily Rapha do a crash repair service.

James York

On the first descent Dulwich paragon turned it into a duathlon even though it was wet not icy. Towards the top of toys people were spread out walking again. Probably the worst hell I've done with the best weather

Paul Livesy

well done Catford, brilliant organisation, great route, brused and battered but one happy camper, see you @ the hill climb.

Phil Scott