80 mile course – two feed stations – Blue signs
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.
Both the 80 mile and 100 mile routes leave Marlow towards Henley on the A4155 before a gentle climb up the Hambledon valley. At Turville all the three routes converge (50, 80 and 100 mile) for the first climb of the day, 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 and Towersey (famous for its Morris Men). The route heads out across the rolling Oxfordshire plain skirting Haddenham to Cuddington, Chearsley and on to the first feed station at Long Crendon (where the 80 mile route joins the 100 mile route). Once you’ve refueled, 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 Salome, and on to Benson and Ewelme for a well deserved second pit stop. Here all three routes rejoin and take on 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 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 80 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.