75 mile / 121 km Sportive

A challenging and fun route for the weekend cyclist looking to take on a few more miles.

Leaving Wallingford via Crowmarsh, the first climb up Clack’s Lane is a gentle affair but guaranteed to get you nicely warmed up for the challenges to come. The first of these is Swyncombe Hill, with gradients maxing out at 12%.

You’re in the heart of the Chilterns now, and despite being early in the ride, you’ll need a rest after Swyncombe Hill. You’re in luck, as the fast descent from Cookley Green to Pishill is a chance to catch your breath and rest your legs ahead of the next climb up Balham’s Lane. The route then meanders up through North End to Christmas Common, and on to the Feed Station at Cowleaze Woods where you can grab a snack and top up your bottle.

Feeling refreshed, it’s time to head on to the top of Aston Hill. Here is where the 60km route heads for home, with the longer routes turning right towards Stokenchurch and heading out towards Princes Risborough. Watch out for the tricky descent out of Radnage, then brace yourself for a very tough climb up Smalldean Lane where you’ll be grinding up gradients of more than 20%. Thankfully it’s only a short one!

You’re up on top of the Chilterns now, and what goes up must come down. More famous for motorsport rather than cycling, Kop Hill provides a thrilling descent as you leave the Chilterns behind you. Heading north, it’s time to relax a little as the route snakes though picturesque villages and beautiful countryside towards the next and final Feed Station at Brill, host to the Tour of Britain in 2017.

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 Haseley and Little Haseley, you’ll soon be heading up Shillingford Hill and back into Wallingford for a well-earned rest!

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