50 mile course – one feed station – Green signs
Perfect for first timers, two challenging but achievable climbs with enjoyable descents and plenty of beautiful rolling countryside.
The 50 mile route takes 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. The bottom of this climb is the toughest, once you’ve completed for the first 100 metres you’re past the worst. 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).
Now a steady, gradual climb up to the highest point on the route at Stokenchurch followed by a glorious, fast descent, exhilarating for even the most reluctant of downhillers.
Once you’ve crossed the B4009 continue on the A40, then back on to local roads and a short climb up Clare Hill. Through the picturesque villages of Cuxham, Brightwell Baldwin and on to Ewelme for a well earned break at the feed station. Make the most of this pitstop because now is the second major climb of the day Swyncombe Hill which takes you 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 and Hare Hatch, 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 50 mile 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.