Bucks Off Road Sportive - a brief history

The Bucks Classic started off 19 years ago when, after members of the West Drayton Mountain Bike Club had taken part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds for a few years the club and they felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London.

As the event was going to be in the County of Buckinghamshire it was decided the event was going to be called the Bucks Classic, and was renamed in 2009 to the Bucks Off-Road Sportive. Although based on the Hell of the North the club wanted to improve on the HONC (as the event is popularly known) and the main problem club riders had with the HONC was the lack of directions arrows and the lack of singe track so that was the main priorities to find some more challenging trails and to mark the whole route, no mean feat when you go along 100 km of twisting bridleways and small lanes.

The event which is a mixture of stunning single track bridleways, byways and some quiet country lanes started off with one route of 30 km, which then rose to 40km, and then with the input of top route designer Steve Keating 100 km with two shorter versions of 70 kms and 30 kms. The event has grown over the years and moved its headquarters from the Denham Country Park to the near-by Martin Baker social club and now the Chiltern Sports and Social club which allows riders to shower and make use of a fully licensed bar as well as a cheap supply of refreshments.

The 10th anniversary event featured an even harder route as the full distance rose to 121 km which made the event one of the hardest off-road sportives, on the calendar. However, the club wants to encompass all standards so there were some shorter distances to choose from.

In 2008 the bar was raised further with the long distance raised to 132 km and then in 2015 150km., 2015 saw the organisation team change slightly with Wayne Cook aka “Q” taking the reins as route maestro and he will again be at the helm this year when we will be having 4 rides over the following distances, of 40 KM, 75 km, 100 km and 125KM so that there is a ride to suit everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the 14th May.

Bucks Sportives

This website Is the home of the Bucks Of Road Sportive (BORS) and the Bucks Road Sportive (BRS) both events that have been n the cycling Calendar for a number of years and are organised by prolific organiser Chris Denman with assistance from friends and members of the West Drayton MBC .

To get full details of the individual events just click on Road for the Bucks Road Sportive and Off Road for the off road sportive.

First of all a big thanks to all those that have entered nice and early as it helps with us working out how many medals and how much energy products we need to budget for.

Over the last few weeks a few of us from the promoting club the West Drayton MBC have done a couple of reccee rides, riding thee full courses of both the 85km and the 100km routes. Everyone that has, concur that the changes we have made to the shorter route make it a much nicer ride, on the down side there is now more climbing on the shorter route which is up to 987Metres, so no walk in the park.

Four of us did the longer route and this is as per last years course with a very subtle change to avoid the very short section of dual carriageway at Chalfont before going up Joiners Lane.

The road conditions were good despite the rain on the day of our ride, there were a few puddles and the customary potholes but generally the conditions were good.

Although the route has no official refreshment stops, each entrant on signing on will be provided with an energy bar and at the end there will be a welcome cup of tea , with the opportunity to purchase some home made cakes or to celebrate with a beer at the licensed bar.

For those concerned about blowing up the ride takes in the outskirts of Great Missenden Town centre as well as Marlow so there are plenty of opportunities to carbo load if feeling a bit low.

GPX routes and final instructions will be sent out to all entrants the week leading up to the event but in the mean time if you have any questions feel free to mail me.

Numbers are filling up nicely so with only a few weeks to go make sure you get those entries in if thinking of riding, subject to space being available there will be entry othe day for a small surcharge 

Anyone looking for some road training the West Drayton have regular road rides both Sundays and mid week so check out the following site https://www.facebook.com/groups/557235464401072/ if you want to join in any on of these

Yours in sport

Chris Denman chris@westdraytonmbc.co.uk

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