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Westerley Winter Warmer
10/01/2016 - Chilterns / Chalfont St Peter - Reliability Ride
This event started in 1998 when club member, Keith Shorten, recognised that sportives were the next big thing in cycling in the UK. He then spent a series of Sundays devising a route to link the biggest climbs in the part of the Chilterns where we ride most weeks.
Until 2013 it was run as a club event, but we then decided that Keith's route was too good to keep to ourselves and would like to invite other local, and not so local, cyclists to join us.
This year there are three versions:
- The main route is 108km in length with just under 1200m of climbing.
- Or it is possible to turn left at Great Kingshill, cutting out the farthest loop to do the medium version which is 60km. This misses out the bigger climbs of the main Chiltern ridge but retains the challenging ascent of Cryers Hill from the Hughenden Valley as well as a good few shorter ones. It has 559m of ascent in total.
- New this year is the short route which turns at Penn to miss out all the big climbs and also the main road sections, giving a 44km route with 440m of climbing.
The main climbs on the 110km route are:
- Magpie Lane up to Winchmore Hill.
- Freith Hill
- Bledlow Ridge
- Loosley Hill
- Hatches Lane
- Clay Street.
All the events are reliability rides which have a target speed range of 12.5mph - 18mph. That equates to about 3½-5 hours for the long ride, 2-3 hours for the medium and 1.5-2.5 hours for the short version. We expect that there will be some fast riders but, for avoidance of doubt, the events are not races and everyone who gets home within the time range will get a certificate. Riders will be set off at intervals to reduce the risks from riding in large bunches on narrow lanes.
Those of you who have ridden before, please note, we have changed the route for 2015. The main difference is that we no longer go up Botterills Lane early in the morning when the risk of ice on the section of the road which is permanently flooded is greatest. We now go out the way we used to come back through Beaconsfield and the new route back goes via some more very pretty and quiet lanes.
Entry is free for Westerley CC members.
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This event's shortened URL is: http://cyclosport.org/6496