Anouk’s Yurt 95

Distance: 95km, altitude: 877m.

Anouk fancied a different stop, and Google came to the rescue. Turns out you can have coffee/cake/lunch in a YURT! Anouk made the route, I made one edit and managed to add a bit of my signature shitty gravel road to the route. I just love CX.

It’s a YURT!

The stop is early on in the ride, so ideal for breakfast! Or a late start, with early lunch.

Charlbury and the White Horse Century

Distance: 162km, altitude: 1323m.

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.

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.

It’s Christmas (Common) all the time

Distance: 126km, altitude: 1376m.

Fancy taking in some hills? This goes one better than hill-reps. If I am not mistaken, this does not follow the same stretch of road twice (at least not in the same direction), but does tackle the Christmas Common from all directions.
This route includes a tricky descent, see Ride-with-GPS for details.