2018 Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival Ride Report

The fabulous British summer provided the perfect backdrop for the second instalment of the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival, with scorching temperatures hitting 29 degrees. Hosted from the lawns of Penn House, Amersham, 2,200 riders, along with family and friends, swarmed to the Chilterns for the ultimate celebration of cycling.

The day brought together a challenging sportive, with routes for every level of experience – 52km, 109km and 161km – as well as the legendary Velo Village, with vintage stalls, merchandise, gourmet food and drinks. To cap it off, Stage 9 (the Roubaix stage) of Le Tour de France was screened on the giant screen on the lawns, and exhausted cyclists sprawled out and enjoyed the action unfold after a tough morning in the saddle.

For the vintage cycling aficionado, the Amersham Classic ride (52km) saw a whole host of riders on vintage bikes taking to the roads together in the Concours D’Elegance. Prizes were awarded to the “Most Dapper Rider” and the “Best Restored Bike” amongst others.

How did the day play out?

Riders received pre-ride tune ups from mechanic partner VONCRANK, and then headed out onto the route from 7am. Feed stations were well stocked by Optimum Nutrition, with Gold Standard BCAA Train + Sustain drink sachets and Protein Whipped Bites Bars, and the Official Sports Nutrition Partner also offered all riders a post-race serving of the world’s leading protein, Gold Standard 100% WHEY.

After encountering some of the regions most famous climbs including Whiteleaf and Wardrobes, the riders headed back for Penn House where they tackled the mile sprint up “The Long Drive”, where Karl Alexander and Angela Abbot were awarded the titles of Blaser Mills King and Queen of the Chilterns respectively.

As they crossed the finish line, all riders collected their official event medal, (which handily doubles up as a bottle opener!), their complimentary glass of fizz, and grabbed an ice cool pint of ERDINGER AlkoholFrei, the perfect isotonic recovery option after a hard day of riding.

Throughout the day riders and spectators were treated to a wide array of activities in the festival’s retro-inspired Velo Village which featured over 30 stalls, including gourmet food, BBQ, traditional cream teas, as well as vintage cycling fashion and gifts. This year, Oliver Knight, author of The History of the Cycling Jersey, took part in a Q&A, and brought along his superb collection of vintage cycling jerseys.

The feeling in the Velo Village after the ride was one of pride and satisfaction, particularly for those who were raising much-needed funds for the Official Charity, Action4Youth. They are on course to raise thousands of pounds from the Chiltern 100 Cycling Festival which will help support the energetic youth charity to provide positive, often transformation experiences and activities to inspire children and young people of all abilities, disabilities and backgrounds.

See you back for the next instalment on Sunday 14 July 2019! Register your interest today: http://www.chilterncyclingfestival.com/pre-register-2019/