100 mile course – three feed stations & two windmills – Red signs
Ideal for those looking to break the ‘century’ for the first time the 100 mile route visits many of the same points of interest as the 50 and 80 mile routes, plus the stunning grounds of Eythrope and, has not one, but two windmills!
Both the 100 mile and 80 mile routes leave Marlow towards Henley on the A4155 before a gentle climb up the Hambledon valley. At Turville all the three routes converge (50, 80 and 100 mile) for the first climb of the day, Oxford Road – known as Windmill Hill for obvious reasons. This is the first windmill of the day (featured in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang). At the top you are rewarded with fabulous views of the Hambledon valley and Turville (filming location for many TV shows including Midsomer Murders, Sleepy Hollow, Vicar of Dibley, Lewis, Miss Marple, Jonathon Creek).
A steady, gradual climb takes you to the highest point on the route at Stokenchurch followed by an exhilarating, fast descent. Riders now leave the 50 mile route and head right past Aston Rowant turning left at Kingston Blount towards Emmington and Towersey (famous for its Morris Men). At Kingsey the 100 mile route splits from the 80 mile route and goes on to Longwick for the first feed stop.
The route then goes through the picturesque villages of Little Kimble, Bishopstone, Stone, continuing through the grounds of Eythrope (the last of the Buckinghamshire Rothschild houses to remain in Rothschild hands) then on to Upper Winchenden and Ashendon. Then on to the second windmill of the day at Brill, followed by Chiltern and then Long Crendon for the second feed stop, where the 100 mile route rejoins the 80 mile route. After the second well earned stop, on to Shabbington, Worminghall, Waterperry, Wheatley, Great Milton (home to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons ‘restaurant with rooms’), the Haseleys, Chalgrove, Berrick Salmone, and on to Benson and Ewelme for a well deserved third pit stop. Here all three routes rejoin and take on the final major climb of the day, Swyncombe Hill up to Cookley Green.
At Pishill riders start another sweeping descent taking them all the way to the finish line of the world renowned Henley Royal Regatta on the River Thames. After crossing the Thames the route goes towards Wargrave, then on to Waltham St Lawrence and White Waltham airfield. A gradual climb towards the Cookhams followed by a steep descent down Quarry Wood, complete with an alpine style hairpin bend. Now just a short triumphant ride over the iconic Marlow Bridge to the finish at Marlow Sports Club, where family, friends and well wishers will be waiting to welcome you back.
The draft route is shown below. Click on “View Full Route” on the map to zoom in or more around. Because there may be minor changes between now and the actual event, we will confirm the final route around two days before the ride takes place.