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Badlands CX

Badlands CX

November 27 2016
Oxfordshire, South East, UK
 

Inspired by the Henley Highwayman road sportive, CX Sportive want to bring a CX event to the Chiltern Hills above that venerable Thames-side town. From their now well established Wildwood CX, the Chilterns are a near perfect mix of roads tracks and trails for CX/gravel riding, and spinning out a route a little further up the chain allows us to explore some of the darker, grittier folds of this deceptively demanding range of hills.

While Henley-on-Thames might enjoy a genteel reputation today, it’s hidden history recalls it as a hotspot of dashing villainy, and for awhile at least, the dark hills north of the town were justifiably known as the badlands. Henley was the last stop on the Thames for trading vessels, and as the boats unloaded their valuable cargo, Highwayman and robbers watched from the overlooking hills to make their crooked plans. The truth of these robberies usually far from the romantic image of the gentleman robbers we have today, making this part of the country a forbidding proposition for tradesmen and travellers.

And the very things that made this area perfect for highway robbery, make it ideal for CX riding today. The densely folded and wooded hills conceal a network of lanes, tracks and trails the wind and climb and fall continuously. It’s a surprisingly harsh corner of the home counties; where the crumbling tarmac on the back roads can prove perilous for skinny road bikes, but where CX or gravel bikes come into their own. 29ers and 27.5in hardtails will eat up the miles on the dirt, and the constantly switching surface provides an entertaining ride and acts as a great leveller between the variety of bikes on the route.

68, 50 & 35km course options.

Badlands CX Joins UK's Gravel Events Calendar

 
Routes: 35, 50, 68km
Difficulty of Greatest Route: C - Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs
 
Start Times / Itinerary

Registration Opens 8:00am
First Ride Start 8:30am (9:00am 40km)
Last Ride Start 9:30am (10:00am 40km)
Event Centre Closes 4:00pm

Costs

Full Route (80k approx): £26.00
Mid Route (60k approx): £26.00
Short Route (40k approx): £26.00

What's Included?

Choice of course distances
Full course marking
Detailed route map
Support vehicle / mechanical assistance on the course
Free CNP energy drink
Support/feed station on route (80& 60k only. Drinks station on 40k route)
Free allocation of energy snacks for each rider at support stations and finish
On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
Electronic rider timing
Immediate results for each rider at the finish with Bronze, Silver and Gold standards
Website results service

Facilities
Adequate Car Parking
Free Parking
Toilets / Changing Rooms
Sign On Desk
 
Support for Participants
Route Signposted
SAG Wagon
 
Features
Electronic Start/Finish Timing
Results Within 24 Hours
Photos
Downloadable GPS files
 
Nutrition
Feed / Aid Stations
 
Event Size
500 - 1999 Riders
 
Start Address: Henley Leisure Centre, Gillots Lane, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PA
 
 
 
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