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The Lapierre White Roads Classic

The Wilier White Roads Classic

July 21 2019
Berkshire, South East, UK

The White Roads Classic is 78-mile (126km) road-based sportive which also takes in 33 km of white gravel and chalk roads on and around The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The sportive inspired by what is possibly the most beautiful professional bike race in the world: the Italian one-day Classic known as the Strade Bianche. This race is held annually in the hills of Tuscany in early Spring, and its most distinctive feature is the inclusion of several old white gravel roads or 'strade bianche', which are becoming as iconic as the cobbled roads of Roubaix and Flanders.

The White Roads Classic similarly features sectors of white gravel and chalk roads (sixteen in total, ranging from 1300m to 6200m in length) on and around the Ridgeway National Trail in Oxfordshire. The Ridgeway is the oldest road in Britain, dating back at least 5000 years. It sits atop the spectacular chalk downland of the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which, on a sunny day, bear a striking resemblance to the hills of Tuscany. All of the roads used on the route are relatively traffic-free, with the majority of the White Road sectors being closed to all traffic.

The event will have an Italian theme, with a variety of Italian foods, espresso, and a glass of prosecco for every finisher. Feed stations, a broom wagon and medical support will be provided. There is also the option of a shorter 75 km (46-mile) route, which skips sectors 8,9, 10 and 11, but is otherwise the same as the full 135 km route.

The Lapierre White Roads Classic

Routes: 78 miles
Difficulty of Greatest Route: D - Difficult terrain with longer, steeper hills
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
First Aid
Controlled Intersections
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Post Ride Shower
Finish Line Chute
Feed / Aid Stations
Start Address: Basildon Park, Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NR
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