Cog Cafe and Phoenix Trail

Distance: 133km, altitude: 1277m.

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.

Chilterns 110 [reverse]

Distance: 111km, 934m.

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”.

Chilterns 110

Distance: 111km, altitude: 933m

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.

Oxford to Covent Garden (central London)

Distance: 102km, altitude: 752m.

My commute to work. Lovely ride to London, taking in Aston Hill as you cross the Chilterns. This route follows the Great Union Canal path for about 12km up to Paddington, cutting out a lot of the traffic in the capital. This tow path is great, and relatively quiet, but not the smoothest surface in the world. Don’t ride with 100+psi.