Marlow Red Kite Ride 2016

Entries are open for the Marlow Red Kite Ride which will take place on Sunday 4th September 2016.   Based on the number of entries so far, we expect the event to sell out before the end of August so we will NOT be accepting entries on the day. To enter, click the enter button or here2012 red kite photo 1057

The Red Kite Ride is a cycling sportive in the Thames Valley and Chilterns which has so far raised £25,000 for worthwhile charitable causes in the four years in which it has run.  In that time the event has also received some great feedback and you can read a lot of the comments on the Cyclosport web site.

We have three routes: 50, 80 and 100 miles with this year’s 100 mile route vastly altered to make it more challenging. 

We do not expect you to raise sponsorship, though you may choose to do so either for “Wheels for All” – our chosen charity for 2016 – or for your own preferred charity. If you would like to give an extra donation to “Wheels for All” there is an opportunity to do so when you enter.  This has the added advantage that the charity can claim a tax refund using the ‘give as you earn’ scheme.

The main features of the Red Kite Ride include:

  • Three great routes
  • Well stocked feed stations approximately 25 miles apart
  • Full electronic timing
  • Free parking nearby
  • Opportunity to relax and recover at Marlow Sports Club after the event
  • Routes available for GPS systems
  • All proceeds go to charity

The Red Kite Ride is run and hosted by Marlow Riders, a local cycling club that was formed in 2012.  We aim to offer a friendly and challenging event to a wide range of cyclists.

In 2016 we will be raising money for Wheels For All.  Wheels for All is a national programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. Using custom built bikes, trikes and tandems, specially adapted cycles, Wheels for All run activities that are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.  This year Wheels for All plan to open a new centre in Bisham, just over the river from Marlow.

All rides start and finish in Marlow, close to the River Thames to the west of London and convenient for the M4 and M40.

The sportive is not a race. It is a personal challenge to complete the course and to do the best you can. Riders are required to wear a helmet and should follow the Highway Code at all times.

We will send a full briefing pack to all entrants by email about one week before the event


Theresa Sholl from Milton Keynes leads the way through the ford at Twyford. Picture courtesy of Sportive Photo

Theresa Sholl from Milton Keynes leads the way through the ford at Twyford. Picture courtesy of Sportive Photo

The Red Kite Ride has three routes to suit all types of riders.  There are 50 mile, 80 mile and 100 miles.   Whichever route you choose you will be cycling through some of the most picturesque parts of the Chilterns. This is the land of “Midsomer Murders”, “The Vicar of Dibley” and countless TV commercials. But it is also great cycling territory.

Each route is fully sign-posted, so that no map-reading is required.

We will have three feed stations roughly 25 miles apart which will be well stocked with suitable cycling food, water and energy drinks.

Weather conditions allowing, the ford at Twyford is incorporated into all three routes for 2016. When we used it in 2013 it provided a great talking point in the post-ride discussions! Happily, the course organisers have now found a more suitable alternative route in the event that the ford is unusable. Be assured that the ford will only be used if the water depth is less than 30cm!

GPX files for the routes can be downloaded from each route route page, but we recommend to wait until just before the event before doing so as the routes may change.

Start times

The start for each route is open for a set period, and riders can start at any time during that period. For safety we allow riders to start in groups roughly 2 minutes apart.

  • 100 miles:   3 feed stations.   Start times: 7:30 to 8:30
  • 80 miles:     2 feed stations.   Start times: 8:00 to 9:30
  • 50 miles:     1 feed station.     Start times: 8:30 to 10:00

Entry Fee

The entry fee is £30 including booking fee. The fee includes car parking, a free hot drink before starting, three fully signposted routes, marshalling, electronic timing, and three feed stations roughly 25 miles apart, stocked with food and drinks suitable for cycling.

All proceeds from the event after running costs will go to Wheels for All.


All rides start and finish at our base at Marlow Sports Club, close to the banks of the River Thames.  Free car parking will be provided a short ride away.

Following the ride you are welcome to stay to enjoy entertainment provided by radio station Marlow FM. We will also have a barbecue and a bar selling tea, coffee soft drinks and beer from Marlow’s local Rebellion brewery.

More details of the location are on the Location page