Lanes of the Chilterns: Bledlow Ridge & Hambleden Valley
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Join us for this slightly challenging 30mile/47km circular road ride through the lanes and villages of the Chiltern Hills, taking in the quaint villages, churches, windmills, woodland & an iron age fort, while also taking on climbs up Bledlow Ridge and along the Hambledon Valley.
This road event has a few steep long climbs (by South East standards anyway) but all riders are welcome provided your bike is roadworthy and you have water & food easily available as required. We'll have plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and let people catch up where required.
If people are struggling with the climbs and wish to leave early, there are escape stations at the 22km and 37km points just before we start the next set of big climbs. Check the route on Garmin Connect below for the gradient profile.
Optional Site Visits
If the group is interested on the day, we'll stop at the Hell Fire Caves & Cafe (£8.50 entry for caves), Saint Lawrence Church and Dashwood Mausoleum in West Wycombe around the 37km mark to see the interesting sites and enjoy the views from the top.
These form part of the West Wycombe park, Village & Hall managed by the National Trust. If people wish to enter the scenic grounds of the Hall then there is an additional £5 charge.
I'm aiming to have lunch in West Wycome park as a picnic as food is available from the Hell Fire Caves Cafe.
Post Event Eurovision Social
For those travelling from London, this ride has been timed to give you ample time to return home to change and make it to the evening ODL Eurovision Social in Kennington, where we will join up with members from the afternoon's bouldering and walking events.
What to bring
Bike: a road bike or road hybrid
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring a packed lunch with you to give us flexibility as to where we stop. There are very few shops along the route as we're out on country lanes so please buy before catching the train. We'll stop at a pub near the end of the ride subject to train times and conditions on the day.
Please ensure you have plenty of water and snacks to keep your energy levels up along the way.