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Marlow Red Kite Ride 2018

02/09/2018 - Marlow - Sportive

Rating: 95.6% based on 2 reviews - Rate this Event Now
Previous Years Rating: 93.3% based on 69 reviews

Featured in Cycling Weeky's Best Sportives near London, the Red Kite Ride this year takes place on Sunday 2 September 2018. We open for entries on 21 March 2018.

The Red Kite Ride (RKR) sportive gives you a taster of the Chilterns, a top UK cycling destination. Beautiful rolling countryside, home to the graceful Red Kite, provides challenging climbs rewarded with sweeping descents.

For 2018 we have routes across three distances, 50, 80 and 100 miles, each with well stocked feed stations and toilet facilities.  All routes take you through quintessential old English villages and countryside, filming locations for Midsomer Murders, Vicar of Dibley, Lewis, Miss Marple, Jonathan Creek.  

Riders cross the River Thames twice, passing the finish line of the internationally renowned Henley Royal Regatta, and again at the end of the ride as they return to Marlow across the iconic Grade I listed Marlow Bridge.

50 mile course - one feed station

Perfect for first timers, two challenging but achievable climbs with enjoyable descents and plenty of beautiful rolling countryside.

80 mile course - two feed stations

All the attractions of the 50 mile course with the added challenge of a loop of the rolling Oxfordshire Plain with its many picturesque villages.

100 mile course - three feed stations

Ideal for those looking to break the 'century' for the first time as well as those looking to enjoy a day out in the Chilterns. The 100 mile route visits many of the same points of interest as the 50 and 80 mile routes, plus the stunning grounds of Eythrope - the last of the Buckinghamshire Rothschild houses to remain in Rothschild hands.

All routes start and finish at the Marlow Sports Club.  Finishers receive a rider gift which provides an unusual and practical memento of the day.  There will be a range of refreshments and a barbeque where friends and family can cheer the intrepid riders as they return.

Features of our rides include

  • Well stocked feed stations with the energy drinks and food.
  • Refreshments as well as shower and changing facilities at the start
  • Ample free off-road parking a short ride from the start.
  • Mechanical support at the start
  • Full electronic timing
  • Sweeper van in case of emergencies
  • Start in Marlow, close to the M4 and M40

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Marlow Sports Club
Address Line 2 Pound Lane
Town Marlow
County Buckinghamshire
Postcode SL7 2AE
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Andrew Lee
Email Email Hidden
County Buckinghamshire

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