Marlow Red Kite Ride 2016

The Red Kite Ride in 2016 will take place on Sunday 4th September 2016, with entries opening in mid-March.  Please register using the contact form if you would like a reminder.

Please note that the descriptions below refer to the 2015 event. We expect there will be changes in 2016 and these will be announced in February and March.

The final results from 2015 are here: Marlow Red Kite Ride Results 2015 and official photos are available from Sportive Photo at http://bit.ly/marlow_red_kite_2015

About the Red Kite Ride

The Red Kite Ride is a cycling sportive in the Chilterns, raising money for charity.  In 2014 and 2015 we raised over £12,000 for Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CfC).  Our charity for 2016 will be announced shortly.2012 red kite photo 1057

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 event with four great routes from 50 to 125 miles, full route signage and well-stocked feed stations.

Our nominated charity for 2015 Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CfC) has special relevance to Marlow RIders.  CfC enables children and young people living with cancer to regain their physical fitness, strength and confidence by giving them new specially adapted bikes, trikes, tandems, other equipment and support.  Some of the money raised in 2014 went to purchase a new trike for Niamh Dunwoody, a young local person who is recovering from a brain tumour.  Her story is here

2015 will be the fourth time we have run the Red Kite Ride. We have received great feedback in previous years, and you can see a lot of the feedback on the Cyclosport web site

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 four routes to suit all types of riders.  There are 50 mile, 80 mile, 100 mile and a new challenging 125 mile (200km) routes.  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.

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 have a total of four feed stations roughly 25 miles apart which will be well stocked with suitable cycling food, water and energy drinks.

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.

  • 125 miles:   4 feed stations.   Start times: 7:30 to 8:00
  • 100 miles:   3 feed stations.   Start times: 7:45 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 £25, plus £1.25 booking fee. The fee includes fully signposted routes, feed stations roughly 25 miles apart stocked with food and drinks suitable for cycling, electronic timing by HSSports and a text message with your finishing time.

All proceeds from the event after running costs will go to Cyclists Fighting Cancer (CfC), a charity which has particular relevance to members of Marlow Riders. CfC

We do not expect you to raise sponsorship, though you may choose to do so either for CfC or your own preferred charity. If you would like to give an extra donation to CfC there is an opportunity to do so when you enter,


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

Following the ride we will 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