Willesden CC Reliabilty

Rides in the Chilterns with a start close to London. A gentle 50km or a challenging 100km

Reliability ride Reliability ride
Date 18 Feb 2018 09:30
Length 50Km or 100Km
HQ Chalfont St Peter Community Centre, SL9 9QX SL9 9QX map
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Last of the multi-club Chiltern Classic Series rides, the Willesden CC Reliability Rides offer  some of the best cycling in the Chilterns.

What is a Reliability Ride?

Traditionally Reliability Rides provided late winter (Jan-Mar) training rides where the object is to provide base fitness in preparation for the more demanding race training that will follow when the weather improves. However they are excellent events for both Audaxers and Sportive riders of every standard. Time goals are set for the rides that entrants aim to better. The rides are not races, you are riding on the road

The event

There are two distances:

  • A 50km run, with 550 meters climbing. Setting off at 09:45, target time 2 hours 30 minutes which is 20 kph (12 mph)
  • A 100km ride with 1250 meters climbing. Setting off at 09:30 there are three targets
    • Average speed 30kph (18 mph) in 3 hours 30 minutes
    • Average speed 23kph (14 mph) in 4 hours 30 minutes
    • Average speed 19kph (12 mph) in 5 hours 30 minutes

Choose your ride on the day.

Both routes follow the same route to Great Missenden: the 50 takes an undulating ride back, the 100’s real climbs start from there.

Both take in sections in the lanes, although these are uphill or on the flat: descents are on reasonable or good roads. At this time of year many of the lanes are in poor condition; potholes, road debris, rotting leaves and standing water. Mudguards and 25mm tyres are recommended rather than racing bikes with skinny tyres.

The 100KM route takes in Kop Hill, Smalldean Lane and Shogmoor Lane, three of the most challenging climbs in the Chilterns.

Both distances largely avoid A roads.

To help with navigation the routes will be marked with arrows, but only at turning points. Beware that members of the public may remove them and in some places the only possible attachment points are not easy to spot!

There are no organised refreshments or sag wagons en-route. You should be self-sufficient. Howewer, there is a service station at 45.8km on the 100 and on the 50 there is a Costa and Cafe Twit on Great Missenden High St.