Bucks Off Road Sportive

Offroad Endurance , Rickmansworth – Sunday, 11 May 2014

Event Summary

Event Overview

The Bucks Classic started off 15 years ago when, after members of the club had taken part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds for a few years the club felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London. 

As the event was going to be in the County of Buckinghamshire it was decided the event was going to be called the Bucks Classic, and was renamed in 2009 to the Bucks Off-Road Sportive. Although based on the Hell of the North the club wanted to improve on the HONC (as the event is popularly known) and the main problem club riders had with the HONC was the lack of directions arrows and the lack of singe track so that was the main priorities to find some more challenging trails and to mark the whole route, no mean feat when you go along 100 km of twisting bridleways and small lanes. 

The event started off with one route of 30 km, which then rose to 40km, and then with the input of top route designer Steve Keating 100 km with two shorter versions of 70 kms and 30 kms. The event has grown over the years and moved its headquarters from the Denham Country Park to the near-by Martin Baker social club and now the Chiltern Sports and Social club which allows riders to shower and make use of a fully licensed bar as well as a cheap supply of refreshments. 

The 10th anniversary event featured an even harder route as the full distance rose to 121 km which must make this one of the hardest off-road sportives, if not the hardest one day event on the calendar. However the club wants to encompass all standards so there were some shorter distances to choose from. 

In 2008 the bar was raised further with the long distance raised to 132 km. 

This year there is going to be 4 distances of approximately 35km , 75km,100 km and 132 , the toughness of the 100 and 132 km events should not be underestimated, although the hills in the Chilterns are not as high as those in other parts of the country the constant undulating climbs certainly take their toll and the single track can be tough going in places. 

So what are you waiting for round up your mates and get those entries in. Although entry on the day will be available subject to pre-entries we strongly recommend you pre enter to avoid disappointment 

This event has become one of the MTB events you must do so we strongly recommend you pre enter to avoid disappointment.

Event Details

Event URN:

305944

Start Date:

Sun, 11th May 2014

Event Type:

Offroad Endurance (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Chiltern Sports and Social Club, Maple Lodge Close, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 9SN
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Cheques payable to:

West Drayton Mountain Bike Club

Event promoted by:

WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip (website)

Event Website:

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Other Events:

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Reports

Bucks Off Road Sportive opens for online entry

Posted 20/01/2014 - British Cycling

Event inspired by Hell of the North Cotswolds

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About the Event

Info for Riders

A mainly off road route along the bridleways of Buckinghamshire. Fully marked route, free refreshments, finishers memento. Plans for the Bucks Off Road Sportive are under way for the 2014 ride the 16th running of the event and once again we are expecting good numbers for this event which has become a regular feature in a number of riders event calendar. As well as the usual 3 distances of the approximately 70,100 and the epic 132 Km circuits this year to try and cater for the growing popularity of cycling the event will also feature a fun/family distance which will be around 35 km thus opening the event to a number of new or returning cyclists. Last year the trails were in excellent conditions and some fast times were recorded and we are hopeful for similar conditions this year. Remember this event is not a race but a challenging ride with a mixture of bridleways and country lanes.

The Rides

132km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 08:30 --- --- 132km / 82 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 08:30
132km / 82 miles
100km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 09:00 --- --- 100km / 62 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 09:00
100km / 62 miles
70km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 09:30 --- --- 70km / 43 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 09:30
70km / 43 miles
40km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 10:00 --- --- 40km / 25 miles
Entry: On Day: (£20.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 10:00
40km / 25 miles

Event Summary

Event Overview

The Bucks Classic started off 15 years ago when, after members of the club had taken part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds for a few years the club felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London. 

As the event was going to be in the County of Buckinghamshire it was decided the event was going to be called the Bucks Classic, and was renamed in 2009 to the Bucks Off-Road Sportive. Although based on the Hell of the North the club wanted to improve on the HONC (as the event is popularly known) and the main problem club riders had with the HONC was the lack of directions arrows and the lack of singe track so that was the main priorities to find some more challenging trails and to mark the whole route, no mean feat when you go along 100 km of twisting bridleways and small lanes. 

The event started off with one route of 30 km, which then rose to 40km, and then with the input of top route designer Steve Keating 100 km with two shorter versions of 70 kms and 30 kms. The event has grown over the years and moved its headquarters from the Denham Country Park to the near-by Martin Baker social club and now the Chiltern Sports and Social club which allows riders to shower and make use of a fully licensed bar as well as a cheap supply of refreshments. 

The 10th anniversary event featured an even harder route as the full distance rose to 121 km which must make this one of the hardest off-road sportives, if not the hardest one day event on the calendar. However the club wants to encompass all standards so there were some shorter distances to choose from. 

In 2008 the bar was raised further with the long distance raised to 132 km. 

This year there is going to be 4 distances of approximately 35km , 75km,100 km and 132 , the toughness of the 100 and 132 km events should not be underestimated, although the hills in the Chilterns are not as high as those in other parts of the country the constant undulating climbs certainly take their toll and the single track can be tough going in places. 

So what are you waiting for round up your mates and get those entries in. Although entry on the day will be available subject to pre-entries we strongly recommend you pre enter to avoid disappointment 

This event has become one of the MTB events you must do so we strongly recommend you pre enter to avoid disappointment.

Event Details

Event URN:

305944

Start Date:

Sun, 11th May 2014

Event Type:

Offroad Endurance (Non-Competitive)

Venue:

Chiltern Sports and Social Club, Maple Lodge Close, Maple Cross, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 9SN
View map

Cheques payable to:

West Drayton Mountain Bike Club

Event promoted by:

WDMBC/Specialized Ruislip (website)

Event Website:

Visit Website

Other Events:

View other events promoted by this organisation

Reports

Bucks Off Road Sportive opens for online entry

Posted 20/01/2014 - British Cycling

Event inspired by Hell of the North Cotswolds

View Full Report

About the Event

Info for Riders

A mainly off road route along the bridleways of Buckinghamshire. Fully marked route, free refreshments, finishers memento. Plans for the Bucks Off Road Sportive are under way for the 2014 ride the 16th running of the event and once again we are expecting good numbers for this event which has become a regular feature in a number of riders event calendar. As well as the usual 3 distances of the approximately 70,100 and the epic 132 Km circuits this year to try and cater for the growing popularity of cycling the event will also feature a fun/family distance which will be around 35 km thus opening the event to a number of new or returning cyclists. Last year the trails were in excellent conditions and some fast times were recorded and we are hopeful for similar conditions this year. Remember this event is not a race but a challenging ride with a mixture of bridleways and country lanes.

The Rides

132km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 08:30 --- --- 132km / 82 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 08:30
132km / 82 miles
100km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 09:00 --- --- 100km / 62 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 09:00
100km / 62 miles
70km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 09:30 --- --- 70km / 43 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 09:30
70km / 43 miles
40km Ride
Date Start Classification Rider Cat Duration
Sun 11/05/14 10:00 --- --- 40km / 25 miles
Entry: On Day: (£20.00)
Sun 11/05/14 – 10:00
40km / 25 miles

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