June 18th approaches and thoughts turn to assembling at Bicester North Station at 4.30am. Ahead lies 205 miles in saddle – sore legs and a numb bum are pretty much guaranteed but so is an immense feeling of achievement when the task is completed.
As last year we will be running a ‘4 loops’ option with Bicester (or nearby) at the heart of the loops. The total mileage if you ride all four loops is a touch over 207 miles (plus whatever you ride to get to the station and home from the pub).
We run the loops option to give people the opportunity to challenge themselves and stretch their limits. If you’ve never ridden 100 miles before you can join a couple of loops and complete your first tonne. Maybe it’s time to step up further and go for the 150 – if so join three loops and you’ll hit your target. Whatever you choose to do on the day, you’ll have taken part in an event that will live in your memories for a long time.
We’ve had to tweak the routes a little from last year as the second and third pit stops have had to change. You can find all the details in the route info below. Just click the title for the loop to see the route map.
Based on last year’s ride I’ve estimated the timings for each loop and the total ride – see the table below. It’s a bit rough and so long as the weather is good is probably a bit pessimistic – it certainly didn’t help with the pace last year. Last year we got to the pub at just before 7.15pm and and pints in our hands very shortly afterwards.