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Cycle Sportive , Old Amersham – Sunday, 13 Jul 2014

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Sun, 13th Jul 2014

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Cycle Sportive (Non-Competitive)


Market Hall, Market Square, Old Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0EF
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Event Overview

Amersham Brill Amersham is a Classic 3 distance sportive based in and around the Chiltern Hills. fully supported, the rides will start and finish near the Historic Old town of Amersham, just North of London and wind there way through the lanes and legendary climbs that make this area such a hotbed for cyclists. The "turn" will be at the infamous Brill on the Hill a picture postcard setting which will have feed stations and Tech support. Riders then make their way back along the signed routes to finish  with a warm welcome from the crowd attending the GE Chiltern Cycling Festival. The sportive is the flagship event of the Festival which is a celebration of all things cycling for the whole family.

Family Fun Ride The easiest ride to get involved with, open to all types of bikes, the route of approx 8km  is flat and a great way to just ride your bike with Family and friends. at approx.12.30 so why not tag a Pic-nic by the river, onto the end of your ride and enjoy the rest of the Festival. The ride will be supported by Luker Rowe and if you really want to enter the Festival spirit bring some fancy dress (for bikes and riders)! At under £5 for a family (or group) of 4 riders its also super value

Vintage Club Run & Concours d'Elegance
It's all about the simple enjoyment of riding your "Classic" bike on a Summers day in a beautiful setting. From traditional wicker baskets to Classic lightweights expect plenty of retro inspired High Jinx - there are no set rules governing the bikes age as long as you enter into the vintage spirit you will be in good company. Make time for a pub stop at the end or enjoy the Vintage stalls & a Cream Teas .
The route of approx 8km is flat and a great way to simply ride your bike with friends new and old. Start will be at approx.12.30.
PLUS there's the Concors d'Elegance parade where entrants with Vintage Club Run numbers will be informally judged on bikes, deportment and the style that best reflects cycling’s golden eras, with podium presentations for all winners.

The Festival also has a competitive Hill Climb included, therefore if you want to have a go at this make sure you enter here: Hill Climb Entry

Riders are encouraged to stay with friends and family and enjoy the rest of the days events.

The Festival is open to all... Cyclo Sportives, closed road Hill Climb, Baby Velodrome, Retro Ride, Velo Village, family fun, classic Pic Nic, Vintage fashion, gourmet market, local Beer and produce, LIVE Tour de France action, Music, Concours D’elegance and so much more

Info for Riders

The JAGUAR Amersham Brill Amersham Sportives are part of the GE Chiltern Cycling Festival day of events. 3 Route options:100 miles, 100km and the 30 mile. The Amersham Classic a 30 mile RETRO RIDE (Pre 1989 bikes!) in the style of Cyclings Golden eras - riders are asked to dress in suitable attire and enter into the retro inspired "spirit of racing" PLUS there's a Family Fun ride and Vintage Club Run based on laps of Amersham Old Town (a flat 5 miles), ...the perfect opportunity to enjoy a great Summers ride with family and friends. The Festival also has a competitive Hill Climb included, if you want to have a go at this make sure you enter here: With 40+ stalls, a bike jumble, farmers market, classic cars its a great day out for everyone. Profits from entries in the Family & Vintage ride will be donated to the Royal British Legion for the WW1 Centennary, the CC festivals chosen charity.

The Rides

Date Start Ride name Ride length
13/07/14 08:30 Amersham Brill Amersham Gran Fondo 100m - 160 km 160km / 99 miles
13/07/14 08:45 Amersham Brill Amersham Medio Fondo100k - 100 km 100km / 62 miles
13/07/14 09:30 Amersham Classic 30m - 48 km 48km / 30 miles
13/07/14 12:30 Vintage Club Run - 8 km 8km / 5 miles
13/07/14 12:30 Family Fun Ride - 4 km 4km / 2 miles

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Ride Amersham Brill Amersham Gran Fondo 100m
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 13/07/14 08:30 0 laps / 160km / 100m 50
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Ride Amersham Brill Amersham Gran Fondo 100m
Sun 13/07/14 - 08:30
160km / 100 miles
Est. Field Size: 50
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Ride Amersham Brill Amersham Medio Fondo100k
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 13/07/14 08:45 0 laps / 100km / 63m ---
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Ride Amersham Brill Amersham Medio Fondo100k
Sun 13/07/14 - 08:45
100km / 63 miles
Entry: On Day: (£25.00)
Ride Amersham Classic 30m
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 13/07/14 09:30 0 laps / 48km / 30m ---
Ride Amersham Classic 30m
Sun 13/07/14 - 09:30
48km / 30 miles
Ride Vintage Club Run
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 13/07/14 12:30 0 laps / 8km / 5m ---
Ride Vintage Club Run
Sun 13/07/14 - 12:30
8km / 5 miles
Ride Family Fun Ride
Date Start Distance Est. Field Size
Sun 13/07/14 12:30 0 laps / 4km / 3m ---
Ride Family Fun Ride
Sun 13/07/14 - 12:30
4km / 3 miles

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Posted 06/11/2013 - Nicholas OBrien

On Sunday 13th July cyclists of all makes and sizes will converge on the historic town of Amersham in Buckinghamshire for the inaugural Chiltern Cycling Festival. A series of races and events celebrating the bicycle in all its glory set against the backdrop of the Chilterns’ legendary climbs. Supported by British Cycling, the various sportives and head-to-head hill climb will be the focus for the more competitive riders, whilst a more leisurely pace will be set on the Vintage Club run with its Concours d'Elegance competition.


The Amersham - Brill - Amersham sportive riders will start the day off, leaving from the beautiful old High Street they then make their way on a fully signposted route through the stunning countryside of this cycling mecca. The town of Brill on the Hill (... yes with its famous windmill) is the turn point for both longer rides. With a FREE feed station perched at the top of the vicious Muswell Hill, wise riders will stock up before heading back into the Chilterns and the ascent of Whiteleaf Hill. This 17% beauty was used regularly in the old Archer GP and has since taken on near-mythical status since featuring  in Simon Warren’s 100 Greatest UK Climbs. Once crested, riders head back to Amersham along beech-canopied lanes to finish in front of the waiting crowds and festival goers.


In response to growing demand for L'Eroica inspired events the organisers are offering a "easier" 30-mile route for the Amersham Classic

 With a vintage theme running alongside the main sportives, riders who wish to compete on classic (pre-1989) bikes and wearing relevant retro kit will get their very own start time and the choice of a slightly shorter route called the Amersham 'Classic' at 30 miles. This is a very British version of the vintage rides that take place all over Europe and will have the added bonus of a Concours d'Elegance once riders finish. Following their earlier exertions riders will be able to join forces with other entrants and vintage team cars in a leisurely parade around Amersham Old Town. They will be informally judged on bikes, deportment and the style that best reflects cycling’s golden eras, with podium presentations for all winners.


Younger cyclists can also take part in British Cycling Go Ride races and skills events and for the next generation of Sir Chris Hoys and Wiggos the Baby Velodrome will put on a series of scooter and balance bike races for toddlers and under-6s. Stalls selling delights such as local produce, beers and gourmet cheese as well as vintage wares will be pitched throughout the town. And with a river gurgling past the church and gardens and lots of green space, don’t forget your picnic rug. Bike stalls, cycle parking & servicing, live music, great pubs and even a cycling-inspired art exhibition will all feature and are within easy reach of the start and finish lines.


The grand finale of the Festival will be the Rectory Hill Climb. A traditional hill climb with a modern twist ... competitors will get two chances to ride the 1km 14-20% climb - first individually in timed qualifiers, then the fastest riders will be paired head-to-head on the gradient to compete for the "King of the Chilterns" jersey. There’s a full prize list across all categories, youth to vets, including £650+ of SOLO ride clothing for the overall winner and £100 each, worth of Challenge Handmade tyres for the first lady and junior. All riders will also receive a gift from SOLO race-bred cyclewear when they sign on, on the day. For competitors and spectators alike this is going to be one to watch, so bring your cowbells.

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Chiltern cycling festival tour de Force

Posted 06/11/2013 - Nicholas OBrien

Do not be surprised if you catch a glimpse of Bradley Wiggins’ famous sideburns racing through the Chiltern countryside next summer.

Chiltern Cycling Festival is capitalising on the excitement generated by the Tour de France by planning its next event for Sunday, July 13, 2014 – while the Tour de France is under way.

The festival, which will be centred in Old Amersham, will comprise a timed Rectory Hill Climb, a classic vintage bike run and a 100-mile race to Brill and back.

As well as the physical activities, there will be a general party atmosphere with a food market, music, live Tour de France action and a baby velodrome.

Nick O’Brien, a member of Grupetto Routiers, the team behind the festival, said: “The Chilterns is a hub for cycling. We have a great landscape for cycling and we want to get as many people involved as possible. We want lots of families to come. It will be a friendly competition and people can appreciate the countryside all around us. It has always been a meeting place for cycling.

“There will be something for everybody at the festival and different levels of cycling.”

The organisers hope to attract 1,000+ entrants with the sportives and Hill Climb.

Amersham Town councillor Davida Allen said: “I am in favour of anything that encourages people to get on two wheels.

“I want people to cycle not just for leisure but also for their main mode of transport. There are very few people who cycle around Amersham.

“I am supportive of anything that encourages people to take part in physical exercise and getting out in the fresh air.”

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