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.
As for the 50 mile route riders take a gentle climb out of Marlow towards Frieth and Fingest which will ease you in gradually. The first climb of the day is Oxford Road – known as Windmill Hill for obvious reasons. This is the Windmill that featured in the children’s classic film 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, 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.
From Cookley Green the route heads along the B481 towards Park Corner and Nettlebed, then on to Highmoor and Rotherfield Peppard, through Sonning Common, Binfield Heath, on to Playhatch and over the river Thames at the stunning Sonning bridge. You may have to wait at the lights but its worth it just to take in the beautiful surroundings. Then Charvil, Twyford and Waltham St Lawrence, White Waltham and a steady climb up 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 has been revised (August 2018) due to road works in the area. We don’t expect to make any further changes but to be on the safe side we recommend that you leave it as late as possible before downloading. In any event, we will have plenty of signage and marshals en route.