100 mile route

100 mile course – three feed stations – 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.

Starting at Marlow Sports Club the 100 mile route heads out toward Henley along the A4155, turning off the main road into the beautiful Hambledon valley. At the end of the valley the route then joins the 50 mile route for the first climb of the day. 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, Jonathan 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, Towersey (famous for its Morris Men) skirting the edge of Thame and to Kingsey, where the route splits from the 80 mile route.

Heading out across the Oxfordshire plain riders now approach the first feed station. Having refuelled riders then go through the stunning grounds of Eythrope (the last of the Buckinghamshire Rothschild houses to remain in Rothschild hands) then on to Upper Winchenden, Dorton, Brill and Chilton. The route rejoins the 80 milers near Long Crendon and the second pit stop of the day. Then on to Wheatley, Great Milton (home to Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons ‘restaurant with rooms’), Great & Little Haseley, Chalgrove, Berrick Salmone, and on to Benson and Ewelme for the final feed station. Here you rejoin the 50 mile route, and take in 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 route is shown below. We don’t expect to make any changes unless we spot any problems on the roads, but to be on the safe side we recommend that you leave it as late as possible before downloading.