Brand new route for 2018!!
Start times are available between 8:00 – 9:00, going off every 15 minutes. This year we are setting off both the 60km and 120 km rides in the same batch to allow friends and couples to ride off together before the route splits at 27km.
- It will take between 2 and 3 hours to complete, depending on your legs
- There will be one feed station at Aston Rowant picnic area
- 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 £17 online and £22 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 the 60km route heading down Kingston Blount hill.
You’re beyond the half-way mark now and heading for home via Claire Hill, Chalgrove and Warborough. Save your legs for the final climb at Shillingford and the sprint for home.