July 1st 2018 – Redbourn is a wonderful little village with a rich cycling heritage. It’s easily accessible from London and the surrounding areas by both road and rail.
We’ve put together 3 spectacular routes that we feel will suit most levels. With the buzz of the crowd and being part of something bigger than your usual group ride, this organised bike event will allow you to push the boundaries of your usual comfort zones, knowing you’ll be supported both in the well stocked feed stops and in your mechanical needs.
Coupled with the last day of the Tour de France, you’ll certainly be fired up and raring to get on your bike after having watched the pros battling it out for 3 weeks. There’ll even be enough time to get home for the evening proceedings where hopefully it’ll be a GB rider topping the podium.
Online pre-entry allows you to get this event in your diary and is the easiest way to secure your place. Numbers are limited for this event and you will be saving yourself an admin fee if you enter on-line rather than paying on the day. On-line pre-entry will also allow you to turn up on the day and just collect your entry pack without the hassle of filling in forms, registering and queuing up.
We may have to close registration on the day if the event reaches its capacity so it is best to pre enter on-line to avoid disappointment.
The 25 miler is a great way of testing your legs if just getting into cycling, or if you wanted to extend that usual family ride to something special to remember. This is a great route from the offset, providing great views, as well as a few testing hills on the way. The last five miles provide a gentle run in to the finish, making this the ideal bike ride for those not quite ready for higher distances.
The 50 miler is the perfect distance for those wanting to get a few extra miles on the clock, and wanting to get back in time to watch the full Tour de France coverage. With a nice hill to warm you up and a couple thrown in towards the end, you’ll enjoy the flat middle section of this glorious ride that will take you further west towards Grove and Long Marston. There you’ll be able to tuck into cheese and crackers and fill up before hitting the hills through Aldbury on the way back.
The Full 85 mile course enjoys the same lovely scenery of the 50 miler, but heads further south after the feed stop to enjoy a few extra hills we’ve thrown in that’ll get your Strava elevation stats soaring. Don’t worry too much though as your mind will be taken off the 6 categorised climbs by some of the most picturesque countryside in the UK. With the likes of The Hale climb on the radar just after Wendover our famous homemade flap jacks should help you back to the HQ. Once at the finish you’ll be able to congratulate yourself after by tucking into a burger and beer, or maybe even a Sunday Roast at one of Redbourn’s fantastic pubs.
Three Beautiful Courses
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Please note – routes may be subject to slight changes due to unforeseen conditions at the time of the event.
Although this is a non-competitive event, we realise that riders like to know what times they have achieved for their distances chosen, and what this times equates to in terms of the Gold, Silver and Bronze standards. Its also a good way of keeping track of your fitness levels if you decide to do any other of our events. These awards will be available to view from our website after the event.
The Standard Times for 85 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 5:00 Gold, 5:20 Silver, 5:50 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 5:15 Gold, 5:30 Silver, 6:00 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 5:25 Gold, 5:45 Silver, 6:15 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 5:45 Gold, 6:10 Silver, 6:35 Bronze
The Standard Times for 50 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 3:00 Gold, 3:20 Silver, 3:35 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 3:10 Gold, 3:30 Silver, 3:55 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 3:20 Gold, 3:45 Silver, 4:10 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 3:40 Gold, 4:05 Silver, 4:30 Bronze
The Standard Times for 25 miles are:
Age Group 18 to 39 = 1:25 Gold, 1:35 Silver, 1:50 Bronze
Age Group 40 to 49 = 1:30 Gold, 1:40 Silver, 1:55 Bronze
Age Group 50 to 59 = 1:35 Gold, 1:45 Silver, 2:00 Bronze
Age Group 60+ = 1:45 Gold, 1:55 Silver, 2:10 Bronze
We also realise that some riders are not interested in times and awards and are purely riding for the experience and stunning views that this ride will offer – that’s ok as well .
75 Dunstable Road
Herts, AL3 7PP
The HQ is minutes away from the M1 or for those on Public Transport Harpenden station is convenient with regular trains from London.
On the Day
Long Riders will be able to register from 7.30am
Medium Riders will be able to register from 8.00am
Short Riders will be able to register form 8.30am
Sign on and collect your pack which will include your timing chip, number and map.
Get your free energy product.
Head to the start line where you will be given a briefing on the route and signs to look out for.
Toilets and changing room facilities are available.
Start Time – 85m & 50m Routes:
Riders must be on the road by 9.00am
Appox 20 riders will go off with 2 minute intervals between each group.
Start Time – 25m Route:
Riders on the short route must be on the road by 10.30am.
We do our best to try and make sure your ride on the road runs as smoothly as possible by marking the roads clearly. If you find you have not seen a marker for a while, stop and consult your map, ask someone, or find a landmark and give us a call using the number provided on the day.
Once you complete the ride, make sure you report back to one of our team at the finish line and hand back the timing chip. We’ll make sure your time is recorded. If you do not report back, you may be presumed lost and emergency services may be called.
Wearing a helmet is compulsory. Failing to do so will result in refused entry.
Enjoy the ride!