This year sees some changes to the route we’ve been using for the past few years.
For starters the main route is longer – 100 km (62 miles ish).
Why? Well, saying “100km” sounds really cool when fundraising and even better when you’re bragging about completing it afterwards.
But we don’t want to just add on some meaningless miles to get the distance up! No, we’ve actually thought about improving the route too, so it will be both longer and better.
Right now, we’re still adding some tweaks, but we’ll have the finished route ready to share with you as soon as possible. Rest assured, it’s the same, beautiful, occasionally challenging route we’ve grown to love, taking in the best the Chilterns has to offer.
If you don’t feel you’re up to the challenge of the full 100km route, then don’t worry, we still want you to ride and we’ll support you all the way.
As an example, you can simply take out the extra bits we’ve added this year and reduce the mileage down to about 50 miles. Alternatively, you can take out a section altogether and instead of starting at the Alford Arms, pick up the ride at the Russell Arms at Butlers Cross and complete the challenge from there. We’ve mapped both options below to give you an idea of what’s involved.
We begin with tea, coffee and bacon butties at the Alford before heading off over Ivinghoe Beacon towards our first stop at the Russell Arms, Butlers Cross. From there we tackle the infamous Whiteleaf Hill on our way to the the Old Queens Head, Penn. From there we drop down to the Thames at Cookham before a triumphant finish at the Royal Oak, Marlow, for a well deserved BBQ.
Click the image below to see the challenge ahead. It being the Chilterns, there will be hills – but there will also be quiet country lanes and fantastic scenery throughout. There may be some minor changes closer to the event, but this is pretty much it.
We will be mapping the route in Garmin, RidewithGPS, MapMyRide etc to make downloads to mobile and GPS devices as easy as possible. Don’t worry though the main route is very well signposted and there are basic directions in your stamp cards.