*Update* Verulam Cycling Club have won the Berkhamsted Cycling Club Spring Classic Trophy with Leighton Buzzard Triathlon Club in second place.
Chapeau to all riders in very windy riding conditions and to the Committee (especially Paul Molyneux) and Musette Cafe for organising a memorable event.
Photos of the day can be viewed and downloaded (free) from Flickr…
The event takes place on Sunday 10th March 2019, sign on opens from 8:00, first riders are off at 8:30.
The event provides a choice of two routes through the stunning Chiltern countryside. Our objective when creating these routes was simple: not the longest, not the hardest, not the hilliest: just the best the area has to offer – a great day out the bike. The longer route takes in a beautiful loop through the Vale of Aylesbury, past the historic Waddesdon Manor and then back via a challenging climb up Aston Hill. The shorter loop shares its outward leg with the longer route before splitting off at 35km and avoiding Aston Hill.
**Please note that due to roadworks on Stocks Lane the start of the ride now includes Toms Hill and both routes are slightly shorter with less climbing.
The shorter route is 65km/40 miles with 512 metres/1683 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28988175
The longer route is 106km/66 miles with 979 metres/3208 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28973426
How to Enter
What’s a reliability Ride?
Reliability rides are self supported organised rides of a pre-planned course. Riders are expected to navigate the route themselves and to complete the course without external assistance, other than from other riders.
The event will be timed via chip timing, provided on the day.
The event will include a competition for the unique, handmade Berkhamsted Spring Classic Trophy. Each rider who completes the long route scores one point, each rider completing the shorter route gets half a point, the club with the most points will hold the trophy for a year, until the next event, when the trophy will return to be awarded again. BCC are excluded from the competition as the hosting club. Will your club be the winners?
Event HQ and Buffet
The event HQ is Musette Café in Aldbury, Herts. A recent addition in the village of Aldbury Musette has quickly become a destination for cyclists and walkers due to their fantastic coffee, amazing cakes and frequent events. We’re grateful for their support.
At the end of the event there’ll be a free buffet and bottomless tea. Musette will be open as usual selling their excellent coffee and cakes.
Musette can be found at:
Musette Café, Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury ,HP23 5RS https://www.musette.cafe/
We’re pleased that Thames Valley Air Ambulance is our charity partner for this event. Recently a member of our club had an accident while out on a ride, TVAA were on hand to take him to hospital and he’s now on the road to recovery, we and many other people who’ve been helped by TVAA in their hour of need are hugely grateful for the service the TVAA provides. The TVAA receives no funding from the NHS therefore we’re proud to announce that all profits from this event with be donated to the TVAA. More information about the TVAA can be found here.
Things to know and remember
The event will not be signed, you can download directions from the entry page, paper route maps will be available on the day.
There will be no support on the road therefore riders should ensure that their bike is in good working order and carry sufficient spares and supplies as necessary.
Third party insurance is provided by British Cycling as part of the cost of entry. Riders are reminded that they ride at their own risk.
All participating riders are required to wear helmets.
Riders should obey the rules of the road and ride with due consideration for other road users. Any riders observed not doing so will be ejected from the event.
Parking is available at the event HQ but is limited. If you’re unable to park at the HQ you can park of at Tring Station c.1km from the event HQ, charges may apply.
Please be considerate of residents who live close to the event HQ when arriving in the morning.
If you have any questions about the event please click here to email the Club Secretary.