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The Sharpener

23/04/2019 - Haddenham, Bucks - Sportive

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Previous Years Rating: 92.9% based on 21 reviews

Previous Years Event Ratings

Rated Event: 97.778%


Excellent event, local friendly feel to it, will be back

Rated Event: 100.000%


A fantastic ride round the beautiful Bucks countryside.

Rated Event: 94.444%


Excellent event well organised, will enter again.

Rated Event: 90.000%


Great event for one of my first Sportives. Right mix of challenging climbs on quiet roads.
Feed stops are well stocked with friendly support.
As per other comments, toilet facilities away from start/finish are limited but the farmers don't seem to mind you watering their hedgerows!
Looking forward to next year and starting the year off with a great challenge.

Rated Event: 100.000%

AlanJones wrote:

I thoroughly recommend this one - great organisation, tough but scenic route on some quiet roads. A great morning out on the road.

Rated Event: 100.000%


Despite the Baltic weather conditions I really enjoyed this tough & challenging ride. The team at Allez were always on hand and the whole event was very well organised from start to finish.

If you want an early season tester that is well organised has top food stops and refreshments give the Sharpener a go.

Rated Event: 100.000%


A great event with just enough climbs for the early part of the year to get you ready for more in the Summer

Rated Event: 77.778%

MarkTiffany wrote:

Great route, but feed stop was very basic (food under a gazebo, no toilets) and no food/drinks at the finish.

Rated Event: 91.111%

MikeSutliff wrote:

A fantastic informal yet well run event. The course was outstanding, so much so I have revisited parts of it on training rides since.

Thank you to the organisers and support staff for a great day. I would highly recommend anyone to participate in this event and visit this part of the world on your bike!

Rated Event: 74.444%

PaulaGurney wrote:

I enjoyed the ride despite the horrible weather at the start and thought it was a well organised event. Will definitely consider doing it again - I might even manage to cycle all the way up the big hill next time!

Rated Event: 87.778%

TomSparkes wrote:

Friendly atmosphere and a fab scenic route and one that I will happily do again. I look forward to the Sharpener 2016!

Rated Event: 96.667%

jappleby123 wrote:

a wonderful little event big hills quiet roads shame it rained

Rated Event: 95.556%

PhilEvans wrote:

Really friendly staff - didnt need to use Sag wagon etc - good start to the season - will be back next year!

Rated Event: 97.778%

doc wrote:

Many thanks to all who made it possible - looking forward to the Howler in September

Rated Event: 93.333%

David Tobin wrote:

Great route with a good balance of hills and flat sections.

Rated Event: 95.556%

AlanJones wrote:

Great event with a well thought out challenging route - definitely will be back next year!

Rated Event: 97.778%

StephenCox1 wrote:

Well organised friendly helpful marshals and helpers great ride

Rated Event: 92.222%

nickobrien1 wrote:

Will be back for 2015 - one for our little teams calendars

Rated Event: 95.556%

TimDixon1 wrote:

Brilliant event - some challenging climbs, and beautiful scenery. The perfect way to start your season, and see how well you've prepared over the winter months!

The facilities are second-to-none for this event, with staff / support nearing what you would expect from RideLondon / L2P. A quite brilliant team behind it all.

Looking forward to next year!

Rated Event: 76.667%

Hennie wrote:

A beautiful and challenging course. A low key and small event with one feed stop. The course attracts some keen and competant riders. I would certainly recommend more signage and more impactful signs that would be easier to spot. Small number of female participants, perhaps reflecting the amount of climbing.

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