Chiltern Cycling Festival 2014
Put the Chiltern Cycling Festival on your calendar for 2014
• FREE online training session with 3LC.tv
• Amersham – Brill – Amersham 100mile & 100km sportive rides with over 5000ft of climbing
• The Rectory Hill Climb Head-to-head knock-out competition
• The Amersham Classic Vintage-inspired ‘Golden Era’ 30mile sportive
• Perfect Preperation – 1 week before L’Etape & 3 weeks before Prudential Ride London
• LIVE Tour de France …alongside Bike expo, Art exhibition, Retro stalls, gourmet food, local produce and so much more.
Winter training starts with a target to aim for, choose the “cycling target” that best suits you this year
The Chiltern Cycling Festival – get it in your Diary today
As we start to ease our way into the New Year thoughts naturally turn to warmer summer months and the cycling challenges that lie ahead. The Chiltern Cycling Festival on Sunday 13th July fits the bill perfectly. With 3 routes for cyclist of all levels it will have the challenges you are looking for this Summer and takes place just days before L’Etape and the Prudential Ride London events. It’s going to be the ultimate “form” indicator for all riders, whether you’re looking for an easy “tapering” ride or a full on 100 mile test, you can experience over 5000ft of climbing in the stunning Chiltern Hills.
With all 3 courses designed to test even the fittest riders they offer a great opportunity to prove your training is on schedule. Chief route designer Andy Coles of Allez Sportives says “we know that people want different things from sportives – but common to all is the fact that riders are happiest if they know they’ve been given the chance to ride to their full potential” he continues “We have been working with 3 Legs Cycling the company that produces training DVDs with the isle of Mans best riders behind it – they know about training & motivation and they also know about keeping things simple to get best results. We have applied much of their advice – for example we know most of our sportive riders have 9-5 jobs so training and fitness levels vary – we have come up with routes for every level. We know the best motivator is to choose the “right challenge” for your cycling ability. and we also know you want it hassle free, from sign on to feed stations we make it as easy as possible so you can focus on the challenge ahead and really enjoy the big day” All entrants will receive a FREE online training session with 3LC.tv to help them prepare for the challenge ahead.
Just like Manx Royalty…as you tap away on your Turbo during the winter months choose the target that will motivate you with the option that best suits you!
The Amersham – Brill – Amersham has a 100km and 100mile options, both have plenty of climbing with some of the toughest ascents in the region being covered, so riders will be grateful for the fully signed routes, feed zones and technical support on offer. Starting just 20 miles north of London in the picturesque market town the event is a great mid season target and a really good test for anyone looking to build fitness in 2014.
If you are looking for a good measure of your climbing skills then The Rectory Hill Climb which will be the last event of the festival & will seperate the men from the boys. With the ‘head to head’ format for the fastest climbers it’s going to be a real highlight of the day and with £1000+ worth of prizes on offer from SOLO race bred clothing – the King of the Chilterns Jersey is going to be hotly contested.
Hill Climb OR Vintage ride the Festival has something for every cyclist
If you want a great ride but at a slightly more leisurely pace then try the Amersham Classic, this retro inspired 30 miler is going to be fantastic fun with riders entering into the spirit of racings Golden eras. An intentionally open rule book means the organisers simply ask that bikes are pre 1989ish! and clothing is in keeping with the vintage feel. “Retro inspired” is how the organisers describes it, ….expect loads of steel, lashings of chrome and a little wool” Be warned the route does still climb Whiteleaf Hill at half way and has a little sting in the tail about 5 miles before it finishes so plenty to challenge if you really want to push yourselves.
In response to growing demand for L’Eroica inspired events the organisers are offering an “easier!” 30-mile route Amersham Classic
OPTION 4 – for all the family
The Concours d’Elegance ride of approx 5km takes place in the afternoon. Following their earlier exertions riders will be able to join forces with other entrants and vintage team cars in a leisurely parade around Amersham Old Town. They will be informally judged on bikes, deportment and the style that best reflects cycling’s golden eras, with podium presentations for all winners.
Younger cyclists can also take part in British Cycling Go Ride races and skills events and for the next generation of Sir Chris Hoys and Wiggos the Baby Velodrome will put on a series of MTB and balance bike races for toddlers and under-6s. An Italian market, local produce, gourmet food as well as vintage stalls, music, LIVE tour de france (showing the first high mountain stage 9!) great pubs and even a cycling-inspired art exhibition will all feature and are located beside the start and finish lines.
Easily accessible from Central London, the Festival promises to be a fantastic summer’s day out and an annual date for your diary.
View the CCF video
“Sportives are about challenging yourself” says ALLEZ Sportives Damian Natale. “Preparing and training for an event thats 5 months off is not always easy but we know that our riders want routes that challenge and motivate them to step up a level”
“Having participated in a number of Vintage events across Europe, we are delighted to be part of the festival and feel Amersham and the Chiltern Hills are the perfect backdrop to make this the most stylish and authentic ‘classic’ ride on the vintage calendar.” Jim Kent, There Cycling
“Sometimes you need a little cycling inspiration at this time of year” says Chiltern Cycling Festival’s Nat Rizzi. “With Amersham’s heritage, the Chilterns’ stunning scenery and all the positives that bikes offer to everyone, we can’t wait for what promises to be a memorable summer’s day”