100 KM CHALLENGE ROUTE
Welcome to all of our 100 KM CHALLENGE Riders. This beautiful undulating route is really challenging but achievable, think of it as a small step away from the 100 mile route you’ll no doubt be entering next year! Make sure you include hill climbing into your training as the undulations are continuous in addition to our three categorised climbs. For those of you who are experienced cyclists, why not try and beat your PB on this route. Those who are more inexperienced why not break the ride up into bite size pieces and aim for each delicious feed station, one nicely placed at 25 miles and the other at 41 miles.
Starting at our fantastic ride headquarters THE WALTON HALL HOTEL & SPA we will be escorting the peloton along the first couple of miles replicating the GRAND DEPART of the most brilliant Tour de France. Our ‘HILL CLIMB CHALLENGE’, situated in on Lady Elizabeth Hill in Tysoe at mile 17, is back for another year. For more information why don’t you scroll down the page to our video link which will show you exactly what to look forward to!
You are going to have a great day out on your bike – but don’t take our word for it, scroll down the page to read one of our previous year’s cyclists’ personal account of his day.
Time Standards based on Route Length of 64 miles (103 km)
|3 hrs 27 mins
3 hrs 46 mins
4 hrs 8 mins
|Average Speed 18.5 mph
Average Speed 17 mph
Average Speed 15.5 mph
Route includes refreshment stops at Hook Norton and Ebrington
MY GREAT SHAKESPEARE 100 KM RIDE
By Edward Lomas
“I felt quietly confident lining up on the start line and why not, I had recently completed the 130 mile Dragon Ride through the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains.
The ‘TDF style’ start unique to this sportive is good fun and a great way to start the event, probably the only chance I would ever get to experience a ‘Pro’ style start to a cycle event. The first, slightly descending couple of miles lulled me into a false sense of security, adding to the quiet confidence I was already feeling.
Apart from the first notable climb of Frizz Hill, a fairly kind ascent which averaged at around 8%, the route didn’t seem as challenging as I was expecting and my confidence was rewarded with a really good pace all the way through to Tysoe… then it all changed!
Following the second challenging climb of Tysoe Hill, which boasts a maximum gradient of 21%, the landscape changed, and whilst this route is certainly not mountainous, the continuous undulations, some fairly steep, certainly tested the old legs. I was already regretting the confidence that saw me race that first 15 miles… and I was beginning to feel the lactic, thank goodness for the feed station conveniently placed at the 26 mile mark in Hook Norton.
After I re-fuelled on the most excellent sandwiches and cakes, I decided to slow the pace down a little, especially after my thoughts turned to that final climb of Larstoke, infamous to those living locally.
Now heading north towards Ebrington, the road continued to challenge. After cycling through some beautiful countryside on lovely quiet roads, we reached Ebrington and the second feed station. This is the point where the 100 mile route met with the 100 km. Already I was preparing myself for THAT climb and before I knew it I was at the foot of Larstoke, already changing down gear.
Situated at mile 51 certainly added to the challenge, and through my heavy breathing, my thoughts turned to the poor guys on the 100 mile route who had already cycled 90 miles – what was I moaning about?! Larstoke is a challenging climb of approximately 2 miles with gradients of up to 21%, but once conquered, I was rewarded with a couple of miles of descent and a stunning view of Warwickshire.
Now heading towards the finish, obviously back in Warwickshire where the profile was somewhat kinder, I arrived at the ‘sting in the tail’. Just when I thought it was all over, I found myself travelling up another 3 mile, albeit fairly gentle, climb. Someone is having a laugh!
Joking apart, yes this is fairly challenging for a relatively short route of 100 km, however, I travelled through beautiful scenery along safe and quiet roads and I can honestly say I have never ridden an event so well organised and which offers so many well informed marshals at every major junction, in addition to roving marshals and emergency pick up vehicles.
The start and finish venue is just superb, where I enjoyed a very welcome massage and a BBQ. Even the bar was open, good job my wife was driving!”
As part of the 2017 100 KM Challenge Route we have brought back our ‘Hill Climb’ Challenge – check out the video below to see more!