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.
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 meters 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 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.
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 Common. 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.