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Chilterns Dubbed "Area of Outstanding Natural Brutality" in Cycling Book

by Holly Blades

What Simon Warren, UK cycling author, doesn't know about climbs isn't worth knowing. But Simon is just the latest of UK cycling legends including David Millar, Stephen Roche and Luke Rowe, to dub the Chiltern Hills an "Area of Outstanding Natural Brutality".

This May, Simon has released an exclusive e-book detailing the 10 key climbs for the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival. Riders tackling the Gran Fondo route (161km), will take on 2,085m of vertical climbing, ranging from long & steady climbs to punchy 25% gradients of The Crong, and the infamous Whiteleaf and Wardrobes.

Simon says: "You may imagine the Chilterns as just an innocuous set of undulations, but this is the perfect ride if you're craving hills. With very little in the way of flat, you're constantly being tested, your legs repeatedly pummelled by the perpetual barrage of accents which start after 10 kilometres with Frith Hill."

Just one hour outside of London, riders are transported into the most beautiful and challenging UK riding. Starting and finishing on the majestic lawns of Penn House, Amersham, on Sunday 15 July, it offers the perfect summer Sunday for cyclists and vintage cycling aficionados.

After the sportive, riders can relax on the lawns, enjoy the vintage cycling festival, sample local food and ales, and watch Stage 9 of Le Tour de France on the giant LIVE screen. With family rides and live music throughout the day, it's a fantastic summers day out for the whole family.

Simon will be riding the Gran Fondo at the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival. Click here to check out the Climbs of the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival and enter before general entries close at midnight on Monday 4 June.

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