80 mile course – two feed stations
All the attractions of the 50 mile course with the added challenge of a loop of the rolling Oxfordshire Plain with its many picturesque villages.
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. 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 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 Chearsley for the first feed station. Once you’ve refuelled, continue the loop across the plain taking in Worminghall, 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.