100 mile course – two feed stations & two windmills
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!
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 (filming location for many TV shows including Midsomer Murders, Sleepy Hollow, Vicar of Dibley, Lewis, Miss Marple, Jonathon Creek) At the end of the valley the route then joins the 50 & 80 mile route 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.
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. The route heads out across the rolling Oxfordshire plain to Cuddington, where the route splits from the 80 mile route, turning right to Stone and continuing through the grounds of Eythrope (the last of the Buckinghamshire Rothschild houses to remain in Rothschild hands) then on to Upper Winchenden and Chearsley for the first feed station (about 40 miles in, so a snack is provided at the start line to keep you going). Once you’ve refuelled, you head out to Dorton, Chiltern and Brill, where you will see the second windmill of the day. Then Oakley, Horton cum Studley, Worminghall and then rejoin the 80 mile route for 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 a well deserved second pit stop. Here you rejoin the 50 mile route, and take in the second 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.