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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

This Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 100.000%

loneymore wrote:

Signage not consistent, but that may be due to sabotage rather than lack of effort on behalf of the organisers. No rider/bike numbers means identifying professional ride photos is hard.

Rated Event: 91.111%


The Marlow Red Kite Ride is very well organised by cyclists for cyclists and the attention to detail shows through. The routes go through beautiful countryside, and you will see plenty of Red Kites - the iconic bird that the sportive is named after. The feed stops have a range of delicious goodies and there is a BBQ at end in the event village, where the local radio station broadcasts live, adding the the atmosphere.

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 84.444%

PeterWilson wrote:

Rated Event: 94.444%

Herbie wrote:

Nice enough sportive, and really well organised. The car parking with signage to the start 1.8miles away, the Marlow Sports Club HQ with tea and coffee and loos aplenty at the start, the signage, the great feed stations, and pretty good route. The day was duller than even forecats, with the usual MetOffice 10%/<5% chance of rain turning into 1.5 hrs rain at start! Meant the rest of the day, though dry, was a bit chilly.

After 5 miles at 18mph, the hills started and went on until 40 mile point: Beacon Hill, Barrack Hill, Rectory/Frith Hill, Green Lane, Hampden Hill, Longdown, Whiteleaf Hill, Pink Hill, Wigans Lane/Chinnor Hill. This early route was OK, and some of the views on the hills were nice, but it just felt a bit ordinary. However, Amersham Old Town stands out, and worth a proper visit sometime! The first feed station, on a bit of a plateau, was in the middle of the hills, at the aptly named Great Kingshill. With cheese and onion rolls, pork pie, sausage rolls, and mini kievs, as well as the usual sweet fare, it was a delight. The next 60 miles were flattish, with only 1 big hill. Swyncombe/Britwell, and slowly the shredded legs started to feel better, especially as the scenery and villages got more picturesque. Halfway through the first flat section was the 2nd feed, and only just needed, but it was to be 30 miles to the next - so tucked into more of the same by way of savoury respite from the gels and energy drink.

On to the final serious climb at Swyncombe, and the final feed at Peppard, before 24 miles of pushing it knowing this was the last effort needed. Having loved the first 5 miles, hated the next 35, and then loved the remainder, overall I like the format and route, though tougher than its 5,800ft would suggest, and probably superb on a really nice day. HQ at the sports club was great at the finish, with medal and commemorative buff collected, seconds later the timing text came through, and then a BBQ with pint of Marlow Rebellion Ale to the sounds of Marlow Radio live at the event. Good event, great atmosphere, and very well organised.

Rated Event: 96.667%

JohnWilliams3 wrote:

excellent, course, feed stations and support team

Rated Event: 100.000%

GiuseppeScozzafava wrote:

Great scenic ride (the fast sweep into Watlington!), ultra-friendly marshals, excellent signposting throughout (I did the 50 miles route), result texted to my mobile within 30 seconds of finishing, great cause (Cyclist Fighting Cancer): what is there not to like? I'll be back next year...

Rated Event: 92.222%

timridge wrote:

A very well organised event in splendid scenery and conditions.
Great job Marlow Riders. See you in 2016.

Rated Event: 83.333%

GrahamTerry1 wrote:

Thanks to the organisers for a great day. I did the 80m and thought the 2 feed stations were a little close together but it's only a very minor point on an excellent event. Hope we can ride the ford next year!

Rated Event: 100.000%

RobertHornsey wrote:

this was my first time doing this event and how fantastic it was, will be back next year for sure.
congratulations to all the people who put it on, well done,
It was also such a worthy cause.

Rated Event: 100.000%

GrahamR wrote:

Quite simply a superb event, very professionally run with friendly marshals, great food and excellent signage, also nice for it to be run by a local club with charitable aims, not corporate profit.

Rated Event: 98.889%

JonGatfield wrote:

Superb event: really friendly and very well organised. Beautiful countryside on the route.

Rated Event: 97.778%

PaulBowen wrote:

Outstandingly well organised. Incredibly friendly and helpful team, wonderful route and fantastic weather

Rated Event: 83.333%

Robi45 wrote:

Did the 50 miler for the first time yesterday and enjoyed it. The organisers and staff were the most friendly and supportive of any event I've done by a country mile, big thumbs up to them. Apart from the stretch on the A4 the course was very scenic, (more so the first half) although some of the roads were in pretty shonky condition. Two or three superb descents. I was without Garmin yesterday and with the route diversion someone told me it was nearer 55 - it felt more than 2600ft of elevation! Can anyone confirm exact figures?

Only small negative for me was the parking arrangements. The family travelled down from Bedfordshire to see me finish and got stuck on the M25, so missed the finish and then couldn't park in a grid-locked Marlow! I know parking isn;t easy to arrange but an easier parking arrangements would make it a must do for me.

Rated Event: 97.778%

SteveWebb1 wrote:

Fantastic organization - thank you very much to everyone who gave up their time to organize this fantastic event.

Rated Event: 100.000%

JosephViner wrote:

Thank you to everyone who made this a fantastic, friendly and enjoyable Sportive. It was the most enjoyable event I have ridden. I think the "big name" Sportives could learn a few things from your organisation. I also appreciated being able to view my time within a few minutes of finishing. I will definitely be entering again next year.

Rated Event: 96.667%

MalcolmBrown wrote:

Great event, very well organised, would do it again

Rated Event: 100.000%

Andy wrote:

First time for the Redkite. Did the 100 mile, which was a great and scenic route (if a little flat for my tastes). I thought everything about the event was exceptionally well planned and run, topped off for me by the BBQ and beers at the finish. Will look forward to next year.

Rated Event: 98.889%

MikeSmith1 wrote:

I`ve done the 80 mile route of this event twice now and this year was exceptional. Parking, meeting at the event, facilities at the event and up to date info for the route was brilliant. Everyone at Marlow Riders and all the Marshals were polite and professional. The route marking was the best I`ve seen in any of the sportives I`ve ridden. Awesome stuff!

Rated Event: 97.778%

RichardHall wrote:

This was the second time that I have riden the 50 mile route and it was even more enjoyable this year. The route was well planned and signed and the marshalls were really friendly and helpful. The cakes were amazing!! Hope to be back next year.

Rated Event: 100.000%

KlausWerner wrote:

My first ever Sportive even - having ridden one Audax and otherwise by myself, was a bit apprehensive as to what to expect. Pleasantly surprised! Professionally organised event, great ride through scenic country side (my first 80 miler ever), great people and fellow-riders. Seriously thinking about next year's entry .....

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