Spring Classic 2020

Berkhamsted Spring Classic, part of the Chiltern Classics Series of reliability rides.

The event takes place on Sunday 8th March 2020, sign on opens from 8:00, first riders are off at 9:00.

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 Routes
The event provides a choice of two routes through the stunning Chiltern countryside. Our objective was simple: create a route covering the best the area has to offer – a great day out on 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.

The shorter route is 65km/40 miles with 513 metres/1683 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31383761

The longer route is 106km/66 miles with 979 metres/3213 feet of climbing https://ridewithgps.com/routes/31383721

How to Enter
Please enter via British Cycling here:

Online entry £15 + £1 application fee. Entries on the day £20.

Event HQ and Buffet
The event HQ is Musette Café, Church Farm, Station Road, Aldbury ,HP23 5RS https://www.musette.cafe/

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.

Event Timing
The event will be timed via chip timing, provided on the day.

Interclub Competition
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?

Charity Partner
We’re pleased that Thames Valley Air Ambulance is our charity partner for this event. 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.

Any Questions
If you have any questions about the event please click here to email the Ride Organiser.

Berkhamsted Spring Classic Trophy