Saturday 4th May 2019, 6am. Starting from Chalfont St Peter.
The 407kms take you from the west of London to Chepstow and back. Along the way you’ll cross amazing scenery and discover if you have the will power to complete the bike ride within the 27 hour time limit.
Taking a classic route along mostly minor roads and country lanes, we leave Chalfont St. Peter at 6 am and, avoiding most of the tough climbs of the Chilterns, head to Thame and your first stop at Woodstock. From there you continue over the Cotswolds up to Stow on the Wold and Winchcombe to Tewkesbury for lunch. The next section takes you to the challenging climb of Yat Rock before a fast descent into Chepstow and, at 218 km, Wales.
The return leg takes you over the Severn Bridge and back into England and the iconic climb to the Somerset Monument on the Cotswold Edge as you head over to Malmesbury. The ride then passes Royal Wootton Bassett to Lambourn and then into the lanes to Henley, Marlow and home by 9 am on Sunday. Even the fastest riders will get to enjoy the peace of a night ride. The route isn’t especially hilly although there some notable climbs in the Cotswolds and at Yat Rock and in Gloucestershire; the achievement comes from getting around within the time limit.
A feature on the 2018 event from The Guardian.