In Aid of
The Shakespeare Hospice

Please save the date!  The Great Shakespeare Ride will be taking place on 12 August 2018.  More details on how to enter coming soon.”

Sunday 13th August 2017 – 9am – Walton Hall Hotel & Spa, Walton, Warwick, CV35 9HU

New Venue! We are really excited to announce that this years ride will be departing from the stunning Walton Hall Hotel.

New Catering! We have listened to our riders feedback and this year there will be treats for everyone including pizza, fish and chips and ice cream.

Fun Finish Line! We wanted to really get the atmosphere just right for our brave riders so why not bring your family and friends along to support. With the historic hall, lovely lake area and plenty of lawn we think it’s the perfect setting!  There’ll be lots for friends and family to enjoy whilst they wait to cheer you over the finish line, including food stalls, hire of Segway, ice cream from Hoorays and lots of family activities to keep the children happy. Walton Hall is set in stunning Warwickshire countryside, with rolling hills and winding country roads. It’s also a Pet Friendly hotel, so bring your furry friend to join in the fun.

The Great Shakespeare Ride really does offer something for cyclists of all abilities. The challenging ‘100 mile Sportive’ will take you to your limit, while the ‘100 km Challenge’ is a tough undulating route, but definitely achievable. The ‘Friendly 40’ miler, making its second outing this year, is the perfect course for those new to cycling – a beautiful, flatter route along quiet roads with lots of support from start to finish.


All entrants who book onto THE GREAT SHAKESPEARE RIDE between Wednesday 21st June and Wednesday 5th July, will be entered into a prize draw to win an exciting prize from The Cycle Studio in Stratford upon Avon.

The prize includes an Elite Service and a Castelli Riparo Rain Jacket from The Cycle Studio.

What’s going on in 2017?

  •  Hill Climb Challenge

There is just something about hill climbing that only cyclists understand. We are challenging you to compete with your fellow GSR cyclists and become our ‘King or Queen of the Hill’.  (The Hill Climb Challenge is for the 100 mile and 100km races only)  See more.

  •  Team Challenge

If you enjoy cycling with others and the camaraderie that group riding brings, join up with three friends to take on our Team Challenge. See more.

  •  Grand Raffle

Amazing prizes for our Grand Raffle 2017! See more.

The Great Shakespeare Ride offers

  • Free parking
  • Ride HQ at a beautiful 4 star hotel
  • Up to 6 categorised climbs (distance dependant)
  • Timing chips included
  • Post ride massages
  • Mechanical support at start
  • Cycle shop & mechanics on site
  • Up to 4 feed stations (distance dependant)
  • Medical support
  • Full secure online entry system
  • Medal for all finishers

"I am looking forward to seeing everyone for the 2017 ride – it’s going to be great!"

"Brilliant course and really well organised"
"Best and toughest 100 mile sportive I’ve done"
"Best selection of food at the feed stations ever!"
"Thank you for organising a great event once again"