Fundraising target: £30.00
Cool route: 47 miles
Classic route: 68 miles
Champion route: 101 miles
About the event
Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire provide the perfect terrain to tackle a late season challenge. Some tough climbs will get your heart rate up along the way and the descents will offer a welcome reprieve.
With a choice of either a 47-mile, 68-mile or a tougher 101-mile route, you'll have a great day in the saddle with the Action Medical Research team, helping to fund vital research for sick babies and children. Whether you are an experienced rider aiming to get a fast time or you want to make a day of it and take in the sights, this ride is for you.
Expect excellent feed stations manned by friendly volunteers and a buffet style lunch mid-way through the ride that you will find hard to tear yourself away from! Riders will be supported by first class medical support, mechanical services and a sweep vehicle.
Many riders have experienced a RIDE 100 event, and thoroughly enjoyed the social atmosphere and return to enjoy the unique experience that we offer. Make 2013 the year that you take part in a RIDE 100 sportive! You won’t be disappointed.
|Distance||Cool - 47 mile Classic - 68 mile Champion - 101 mile|
|Start/finish||Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, HP18 0JH|
|Registration open||6.45 - 8.45am Champion riders set off between 7.15am - 8.15am Classic riders set off between 8.15am - 8.45am. Cool riders set off at 8.45am - 9.15am Less experienced riders should set off as early as possible. All riders on road by 9.15am|
|Local information||Parking available at Waddesdon Manor, please follow signs. Aylesbury Vale Parkway train station, on the Chiltern Railways line, is approx 2 miles away from Waddesdon Manor.|
- chip timing
- fully signed route
- lunch stop
- serviced refreshment stops
- NEG motor marshals
- full paramedic cover
- bike mechanics
- post event massage
- ride memento
- event photographer
- electronic rider manual
- The registration fee includes ALL of the above
Great event thank you. The helpers were really friendly and helpful and made us feel welcome. It was my first sportive and I was greatful for help when the bike punctured just after the start and proved difficult to fix, and then punctured again after 30 miles. Special thanks to the two Steves, Tracey, and Claire and the other people at the first refreshment stop.
Thanks for organising a great day, the course changes since I last rode at one of this event in 2010 are a massive improvement keeping everyone away from the more dangerous main roads. I particularly enjoyed the ride through Wendover woods and the feeding station at the top of the hill was a welcome relief.
I could have done without the headwind for the last 40 minutes or so but I guess you can't control nature. However, you certainly run a great event. As always a friendly welcome when you get to the end of the course and I must make the effort to ride more the 100's next year. Great Job.
Alan BurnettSeptember 2012
This was the second time I've done the Bucks 100 and it was really enjoyable. If anything the route was better than last year, the climb through Wendover Woods was a highlight. Food was fantastic and everyone helping and on the ride itself were friendly. Don't let it grow too big !
Martin FriendSeptember 2012
A big "thank you" to everyone at Action Medical Research for a really well organised event yesterday. The volunteers at registration were charming, the briefing was informative (had I not been told about the extra 9km I would have wondered if I'd missed a sign) and the food was delicious. The signs were very clear and I especially liked the way you used your logo to reassure us that some spoilsport hadn't fiddled with them. Last year I spent a very unhappy hour cycling around Berkhampstead thanks to a sign being changed, but that's another story. Thanks too, to the marshals and the First Aiders, without whom we couldn't ride. Well done all! Hope to see you again next year.
Peter ThomsonSeptember 2012
Today I'm a bit sore - at short notice i did the Bucks 100km bike ride yesterday. I did the Chiltern 100k about 2 months ago in July and it was a cold wet day and it made the ride quite challenging, but i did do some training, and my legs were fine. What hurt were my shoulders and arms from the constant jolting you get on an old road racing bike.
So this time when I saw the email promising sunny weather I thought I should give it another go. I've only been out on the bike once in 2 months, but I've kept fit with digging the new lawn etc etc. I have quite a nice mountain bike so i thought I would use that to save my shoulders as it has suspension front and back - the downside would be the big nobbly tyres designed for mud and tracks, not smooth roads. Also the MTB has low gears and would be good for the hills.
I prepped the bike and my gear on Saturday and pumped up the tyres really hard to make them as efficient as possible.
Anyway, Sunday dawned with drizzle - not what I was expecting - and it was quite cool and didn't warm up till lunch time. I knew I would be slow on the MTB so decided to take few if any breaks to catch up, so to speak. Unfortunately as I took the bike off the car, I had two flat tyres - luckily fresh air worked fine this time and they did not deflate - must have been some dirt in the valves.
The first 20 miles to the break had a few decent hills, the gears worked fine but my legs were finding it quite hard - lack of training. A biscuit at the first feedzone without getting off the bike and straight on, feeling fine. The countryside was gently undulating mostly, not too hard and I continued on as the weather warmed, starting to get hungry and looking for the lunch stop, which I thought was at about 42m but was in fact nearer 50m - by which time I was hungry and starting to get tired.
A quick feed of pasta and salad, top up the drink bottles and off again. I was now tired, very saddle sore and disappointingly my arms and shoulders were hurting again. Basically lack of hours in the saddle, but only 12 miles to go.
The idea of the MTB was a mistake - the issue was everybody was going faster than me - several people passed me 2 or 3 times as I didn't stop much. It was demoralising being passed so often and I could never draft behind another rider.
Eventually I got to the finish, very tired and sore. Packed the bike away and drove home. An hours rest and then showered and changed and I felt ok.
So that's two fairly long rides this year and a bit of money raised for a good cause. If you can sponsor me: http://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/LAMP361 www.lamp-360.com
The organisation was good with the exception of the lunch stop which was a bit late in the ride and did not include any tables and only a few chairs.
So maybe the 100m next year and hopefully some sunshine.
Julian PoulterSeptember 2012
Excellently organised with good food stops, well staffed and a fine selection of foods to get you to the end. The route provided a challenging and varied mix of terrain, hilly in places up into the Chiltern hills, and relatively flat as we returned back through North Bucks villages. Well done to the whole organisational team, and if you're unsure as to whether you're up to 100km, go for it. You will be pleasantly surprised at what you can achieve.
Andy ThirtleSeptember 2012
Just thought i'd share my experience of the Bucks 100.
Myself and two friends from work took part of the 100km ride (which was actually 111km). The first 25 miles were good challenging roads, with some steep climbs and fast decents.
After that it leveled out and was very enjoyable!! All round a very good day.
Wayne SharpeSeptember 2012
Thank you to everyone who made the event such a pleasure. I met someone before the event who said how helpful and cheery the volunteers were, and he was correct! I was made welcome at the start when checking in, and patiently and cheerfully helped throughout the event. I was particularly grateful after an early puncture proved difficult to repair for assistance from Tracey and the two Steves, thanks to Claire et al for waiting at the first refreshment stop for very delayed back marker and the race controller who helped when I thought I was on the wrong route around 15:20. Well done guys - your commitment is impressive!
Had an excellent time. Everyone very friendly and very well organised. Food stops were too good with too much choice :-). Will plan to do next year if you promise to stop the wind which made the last half a bit of a slog!
Adrian FlewittSeptember 2012
Well organised, well signed and well fed - what more could you want ?
A challenging first 50-miles with a few long hills followed by a sensible second 50-miles which was relatively flat ride. The well signed route takes in some beautiful countryside as you find yourself cycling past beautiful Rothchild's architecture, through lovely village greens and over rolling fields - the good news is that there is not too much time spent on the busier roads.
The pitstops were well supported by the volunteers and well stocked. Lunch was equally as good - in fact I was surprised (and impressed) at just how good a spread they had put on.
Well done to everyone involved and everyone who completed, I will certainly look to attend another of the RIDE100 series next year.