When you are planning a (imperial) century, but want to go to the Old Shed, so have to loop-round just to make sure your cafe legs don’t kick in too early. This ride includes one of my favourite hills out of Charlbury (twice) and the hill I hate most (Dragon Hill/White Horse). At least I managed to get to the top without touching the floor last time.
This route takes in Brill, to warm you of for some more bumps on the way to the Chilterns. The return journey follows the Phoenix Trail, an abandoned train track, which is partially paved, and partially crushed limestone. When riding it early April, it was absolutely fine on a road bike. It may proof more of a challenge in the winter.
This route is the reverse (how did you guess) of Chilterns 110. I wanted to ride the original route in the winter, but as my winter bike (CX bike with road tyres) didn’t have the gearing to do steep climbs, I decided to go the other way round. I refer to this alternative as “the easy way round”.
Credit for this route should go to Matt Wicks. If I remember correctly this route was born out of a discussion amongst volunteers for the traffic count on Aston Hill (required to be able to host the Condors’ hill climb here). Cycling out to Aston Hill, and posting on Strava would lift the cloud of mystery surrounded the new location of the hill climb. Cycling out, and not posting on Strava is of course a big no-no, so a route was born taking in all of the best climbs in the Chilterns.
This is a great route if you are looking to do your first century. Do check the wind direction though, you wouldn’t want a headwind all the way back to Oxford. The route also passes Aston Pottery, in case you want to add a cheeky coffee stop on the leg back.
I am raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society, riding Velo Birmingham with my sister, brother-in-law and with Anouk. Read my full story on my fundraising page!
As a keen club cyclist, and ride leader, I am always looking for inspiration for nice routes to ride. When I was trying to come up with fun fundraising ideas, I thought it might be nice to bring lots of cycling routes together to inspire others. All cycling routes on my page are free to use (of course!), but consider giving a donation for this important cause if you can!
Who doesn’t like Aston Hill? After climbing the Chilterns for a second time you can reward yourself with a delicious bacon bap at the Barn at Turville Heath. This route has a tricky descend, see the Ride-with-GPS link for more details.