Entries are now open for the Marlow Red Kite Ride, which will take place again this year on Sunday 6th September 2015. Press the Enter button or click here to enter.

This is the fourth year of our Sportive and the big change is that we are now offering a tough 126 mile version of the event with a great deal more climbing than in the 100 mile ride.2012 red kite photo 1057

The routes for our rides have been planned by Course Director Willi Moore, a former Olympic track bronze medallist and a member of the Marlow Riders.   All four routes will take riders over the beautiful rolling Chiltern Hills and back into the Thames Valley. The longer routes will include more climbing and a long section in the Vale of Aylesbury.

The Red Kite Ride is hosted and organised by Marlow Riders a local cycling club set up in 2012.  The location of the start is at our base of Marlow Sports Club.

All rides start and finish at the Marlow Sports Club, very close to the banks of the River Thames. Free car parking will be provided a short ride away and secure facilities will be available at the start line for anyone wishing to leave any baggage.

The entry fee remains at £25.

For the second year, our chosen charity is  Cyclists Fighting Cancer, a charity which has particular relevance to members of Marlow Riders.  Last year we were able to donate £5,000 to them from the sportive, and we hope to match or increase this donation this year.

We have been greatly encouraged by the positive feedback we received following the previous editions of the Ride, much of which you can read on the Cyclosport web site here   It is our aim as organisers to provide a rider experience that exceeds expectations, so we will do our best to provide all those taking part with a day out that you will remember.  We are planning to enhance our after event activities at the Marlow Sports Club and will provide more details on this nearer the date of 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

Full details and photos of previous years events can be found on this website.

Start times will begin at 7.30am and all routes will be closed at 5pm.

The routes pass through some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Chilterns and Thames Valley. The long climb out of Marlow is often marked by the sight of many red kites soaring overhead as all three distances enter the famous Hambleden Valley, scene of so many Hollywood movies and tv dramas such as “Midsomer Murders” and “The Vicar of Dibley”.

Whichever distance you choose you will be sure of a friendly welcome at all of the well-stocked feed stations which will be approximately 25 miles apart

The event features full electronic timing from HSSports.  At the end of the ride, finishing times are sent to riders by text within minutes of crossing the line.