Starts from 08:00 to 09:00 on Kinecroft park (OX10 0DT)
What is a sportive? Sportives are to cyclists what marathons are for “non-competitive” runners – a long distance challenge. Take the challenge and explore Oxfordshire’s beautiful countryside as you ride through picturesque villages and tackle the ups and downs of the Chilterns on Sunday 16 July 2017!
Anyone can enter the Sportives, although you must have a road-worthy bike and you must wear a cycle helmet. The Wallingford Festival of Cycling sportive takes place on open roads, so you will be sharing the road with other road users and must obey the rules of the road at all times. Riders under the age of 16 on the day of the event must be accompanied by an adult.
50 km route description
Mostly on quiet lanes and roads, this sportive starts uphill to make sure your legs are working then works its way up Red Lane to Woodcote and through the beautiful lanes to Stoke Row. Save a little in your legs for Shillingford Hill, it may be small but at the end of the ride it’ll test your legs.
Five tough hills make up this challenging ride out in to the Chilterns. Look out for wallabies on Icehouse Lane, and the views at the top of Sprigs Holly Lane. Windmill Hill of Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang fame is in there; and, after 80km you’ll be going up local favourite, Hill Road in Watlington.
Info for participants
- On the day, parking for the event is at Wallingford Sports Park, Hithercroft Road, Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 9RB. Parking at the Sports Park will enable you to leave Wallingford easily avoiding any road closures. See our travel advice page regarding alternative parking options.
- It is a 5-7 min cycle ride from Wallingford Sports Park to Kinecroft park, where the sportive rides starts and finishes.
- Please note there is a secure bike park near the finish if you wish to enjoy other areas of the festival once you have finished your ride.
Sign on in Kinecroft park (OX10 0DT)
- All participants must sign-on in the morning, the registration desk will be open from 07:30, you will be provided with your rider number and pins for securing your number to your jersey
- Last sign-on for the sportives is at 8:45, so don’t be late!
- Entries are allowed on the day so bring friends but those not entered will need to arrive at least one hour before starting and early start times are now limited. You must sign on to validate the event insurance and all parents of children must have signed a parental consent form.
- Aim to sign on one hour before your ride i.e. 7:30 am ready for a 8:30 am start time.
- Riders will be released in groups every 15 minutes, starting from 08:00 – 09:00 – please note that the 09:00 start time will be reserved for women only.
- There is one feed for both 110 km & 50 km sportive riders, at the Cherry Tree Inn (www.thecherrytreeinn.co.uk). Water, energy bars and bananas will be provided, other refreshments will be available to purchase.
- There is a second feed station for the 110km sportive riders, at the Barn at Turville Heath (www.thebarnatturvilleheath.com). This involves a short deviation from the route which is signposted but is well worth the detour!
Near the finish
If you arrive at Shillingford roundabout (near the end of your ride) you may be lucky enough to glimpse the National Junior men or women’s road race whizz by. You will be asked to stop and watch and water will be available whilst you spectate. The races are likely to pass this point at some point between 12.30 and 13:00 pm and then 16:00 – 16:30.
At the finish
- You may collect a goodie bag and certificates will be available to be downloaded online.
- There will be medals for the children.
- Please ensure your number is noted down so that we can ensure all riders have returned safely.
- Leave your bike in the secure bike park and enjoy all the festival has to offer!
Please remember that all the sportive marshals are volunteers please make sure you listen to their advice and give them a friendly wave. There will be marshals along the way to prevent anyone from getting lost.
- There are a couple of hills on the route, so please be aware of any other cyclists that may wish to overtake you and keep to the left!
- Please wear a helmet.
- So that you can enjoy your ride fully please ensure you carry adequate drink and some food with you along with spare inner tubes and gas/pumps and a tool kit.
- Their will be a “broom wagon” with adequate supplies to help with punctures and make sure no one is left behind
- Please phone 01491 528900 if you require assistance whilst on the course.