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Hemel Hillbuster

28/04/2019 - Hemel Hempstead - Sportive

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You can look forward to:

  • Easy online entry through the British Cycling website
  • Fully signed routes over challenging hills and stunning countryside
  • Feed stations on the routes
  • Qualified first aid and bike doctor on call
  • Goody bag and medal at the finishing line

Location and routes

The Hemel Hillbuster starts and finishes in Gadebridge Park, Hemel Hempstead HP1 3AQ. There's a public car park onsite for up to 300 cars, plus street parking nearby.


A superb cycling route including typically challenging Chilterns hills, out to Whipsnade, through the pretty villages of Ivinghoe, Aldbury, Cholesbury as far as Chesham, then returning via Botley and Bovingdon. If you're short of time or warming up for summer cycling, then this is the route for you!


For practised riders, the ultimate Chilterns challenge, conceived by experienced local rider and club cyclist to delight and please you! Heading out towards Dunstable Downs, via Aldbury and Cholesbury, then out to Wendover, Cadsden, Great Missenden, Chartridge, Chesham and returning via Botley and Bovingdon.

Whichever route you choose, we advise you to be prepared and train! A good level of fitness is required to take part. Please seek advice from your GP if necessary.

Please ensure your bike is in good working order before attempting the Hemel Hillbuster and bring spare tubes, tyre levers and pump with you! Basic bike repair kit and pump will also be available at our feed stations.

All participants must wear a safety helmet and we recommend safety clothing.

Cyclists under the age of 18 must have parental consent and cyclists under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Both routes will be fully signed and there's a mobile technical support vehicle, first aid and food stations along the route.

Our insurance cover is with British Cycling. 

We recommend that you take out a British Cycling Ride membership to benefit from individual insurance cover on this ride and any others you may participate in within the year of cover

All participants MUST wear a safety helmet and we recommend safety clothing.

Date and Time

Sunday 28th April 2019.

100km route

Registration opens from 8:30am the first group will set off from 9am. You'll need to set off by 9:30am and finish the course by 3:30pm.

60km route

Please register from 9:15am. You'll need to set off by 10am (although you can set off earlier). You must finish the course by 3:30pm.

All riders will be given a safety briefing and set off in groups of up to 20 riders


RouteOnline entry via British CyclingOn the day (no guaranteed on the day places)
100km £30 £40
60km £25 £35

Do more than cycle... make your miles count!

Your entry fee covers the costs of putting on the event, signing the route, water and feed stations, First Aid cover & mobile mechanical. Whilst we don't ask for a minimum sponsorship, we rely on donations to support our work and urge you to raise what you can.

Call our friendly team on 01442 800268 or email us at if you would like any support with your fundraising.

The Registration Process

When you register online with British Cycling, you will have to sign up for a free British Cycling account if you don't have one already. Once you've signed up you'll receive a confirmation email to the email address which you provided. Any problems,  email or call us on 01442 800268.

Before event day, you'll receive a full rider's info pack by email confirming timings, routes and parking details.

Online registration will close at midnight on Tuesday 23rd April (or earlier subject to us reaching maximum capacity).

We may have 'on-the-day' places' but we can't say so for sure, so sign up NOW to guarantee your place.

On event day, we'll issue you a rider number with an emergency number on the reverse to attach to your bike. You'll need to confirm your emergency contact details to us. Any riders under 18 will need to provide parental consent to take part.

Event Support

We couldn't run the event without the help of volunteers and our kind sponsors. If you would be interested in becoming a sponsor, helping us to promote the ride, volunteering on the day or helping DENS in any other way, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

Keep up to date on our official Hemel Hillbuster Facebook page


Be one of our Partners - give us a call on 01442 800268 and see how we could work together on this legendary cycle event - there are many opportunities.

What the Hillbusters say...

"First-class sportive, very well organised, excellent routes"

"It was really nice, lovely countryside, made me proud to come from this area, beautiful route, really well signposted, great volunteers along the way. I think it was really well organised. I'd recommend it for cyclists because of the beautiful scenery, the countryside and great routes"

"I've ridden this three times and it's still one of my favourite sportives. Really well organised and a challenging but doable route."


My friend was due to do the ride but now they are unavailable - can I take their place?

Yes - please contact us on 01442 800268 or, or talk to us when you sign in on the day.

If I start the 100km but get too tired, can I return on the 60km route?

Yes, the ride splits at Cholesbury so you can return via the shorter route by following the green 60km ride signs at this stage

I've signed up for the 60km but would rather do the 100km instead, can I change?

Yes, although you'll need to pay the extra £5 on the day  - please contact us on 01442 800268 or, or talk to us in the morning when you sign in.

How long will it take me to complete the course?

That will depend on your cycling speed and number and length of stops. It could be 1.5-4 hours for 60km and 3-6 hours for 100km.

Where are the food stations?

At Wigginton (for the 60km and 100km) and Ballinger for the 100km.

How do I find my way around the route?

Map files for navigation devices will be sent to you by email, and the route is thoroughly well signed.

I have specific questions about the course, is there anyone who can answer them?

Contact us on 01442 800268 or, or ask anyone wearing hi-viz on the day.

How are the funds going to be used?

Funds will be used across all DENS services - find out more about what we do on in How We Helpsection.

Was I supposed to be raising any sponsorship?

Your entry fee covers the costs of putting on the event, signing the routes, water and feed stations, First Aid cover & mobile mechanical. Whilst we don't ask for a minimum sponsorship we rely on donations to support our work and urge you to raise what you can.

Can I get a refund?

As this is a charity ride the entry fee is non-refundable

Event Details
Sunday, 28th April 2019
Gadebridge Park, Leighton Buzzard Rd, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 1DN

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Gadebridge Park
Address Line 2 Leighton Buzzard Road
Town Hemel Hempstead
County Hertfordshire
Postcode HP2 4TF
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Organiser Details
Name Guy Holland
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County Antrim

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