Rolling hills and the odd punchy climb await you on our 27 mile sportive.
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, followed by a sharp descent into Watlington to test your braking skills.
Sweeping curves take you into Cuxham, where you should keep an eye out on your left for the clear waters of the stream fed by the Chilterns. A slight rise takes you into the pretty village of Brightwell Baldwin. After another short climb and a dog-leg crossing of the B4009, you descend to skirt the edge of Ewelme.
A short and winding road with another clear-running stream alongside takes you in to Benson and around the local airfield. Take care crossing the A4074 into Preston Crowmarsh, then briefly join a cycle path towards Crowmarsh Gifford and over the Thames to return to Wallingford. A few final twists and turns on the town’s historic streets bring you to the finish on the Kinecroft. Well done!