Our longest ever route takes in some iconic climbs and descents, and is sure to prove both enjoyable, and challenging.
Start times are available between 8:00 – 9:00, going off every 15 minutes. This year we are setting off both 60km and 120 km in the same batch to allow friends and couples to ride off together before the route splits at 27km.
- It will take between 4 and 7 hours to complete, depending on your legs
- Two feed stations – Aston Rowant picnic area & Brill
- Route markers and stewards
- There will be a broom wagon to make sure no one is left behind
- After the ride we have free secure bike parking for you to explore and enjoy what the Festival has to offer
WHO CAN TAKE PART: It is suitable for the regular cyclist who welcomes some climbs that will fully test their legs.
COST: Cost £22 online and £27 on the day. If you enter this ride, you get 50% discounts when entering the 10-mile Trailblazer Friday evening.
WHAT TO BRING ALONG: Your bike, helmet, spare inner tubes.
HOW TO BOOK: Online entries is via the British Cycling website – Enter
Leaving Wallingford via Crowmarsh, the first climb up Clack’s Lane is a gentle affair, but is closely followed by the challenging gradients of Swyncombe Hill, maxing out at 12%.
Despite being early in the ride, you’ll need a rest after Swyncombe Hill. You’re in luck, as the descent from Cookley Green to Pishill is a chance to catch your breath ahead of the next climb up Balham’s Lane.
The route then meanders up through North End to Christmas Common, then heads east to the top of Ason Hill. Here is where the 60km route and the 120km route splits, with the longer ride turning right towards Stokenchurch and heading out towards Princes Risborough. Watch out for the tricky descent out of Radnage, then get ready for a very tough climb up Smalldean Lane, where you’ll be hitting more than 20% gradients. Thankfully is only a short one!
Your’e up on top of the Chiltern’s now, and what goes up must come down. Whilst more famous for motorsport rather than cycling, Kop Hill provides the thrilling descent towards Risborough. Heading north out of Princes Risborough, the route flattens out for a while, snaking though picturesque villages towards the last big test at Brill. The climb is worth it though, and the descent the on the otherside provides a white knuckle ride back down to flatter terain.
Heading for home now, you’ll pass through Great Milton and past Raymond Blanc’s Le Manoir aux Quait’Saisons. A brief meander through Great Hasely and Little Hasley, you’ll soon be heading up Shillingford Hill and back into Wallingford for a well earned rest!