Bucks Off Road Sportive - a brief history

The Bucks Classic started off 20 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 over 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 3 rides over the following distances, of 40 KM, 80 km and 120KM so that there is a ride to suit everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the 13th May.

Bucks Off Road Sportive - 13th May 2018

Final times are now available from here


All photos from the WDMBC Off Road Sportive 2018. (40K,80K and 120K) Photos are free however mention me Frankie Snell's Photography.

Frankie is a teenager planning a career in sports photography and any donation however small will go towards Travelling, learning and better equipment. If you wish to make a donation via Paypal or Bank transfer please contact me for the details. Many thanks Frankie Snell

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.

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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