Age 16 & over
Setting off from the grounds of Pangbourne College, the routes on this new ride serve up some of the best charity cycling sportives in the south. With a heady mix of rolling terrain and punchy climbs, it offers something for cyclists of all abilities.
With three routes to choose from there's sure to be something for every level of cyclist, from those just starting out, to more experienced riders building up strength after the winter months.
Part of Action's popular, annual RIDE Series.
The North Wessex Downs AONB, famous hillside chalk figures and surprising peace and serenity.
Enjoy a great day in the saddle with first-class support throughout and the 'pro' feel of motorcycle outriders.
Short, medium and long rides to cater for a wide range of abilities.
Easy entry online with no sponsorship minimum - simply raise as much as you can.
Ride to raise awareness and funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.
This event is part of RIDE Wessex Downs.
This is a traditional road sportive; the most suitable bike would be a drop handle road bike, although hybrids and e-bikes are perfectly suitable also.
Pangbourne College provides the imposing backdrop to this ride.
The college was founded in 1917 as "The Nautical College, Pangbourne", whilst today it serves as a co-educational independent day and boarding school. It's ample grounds, surrounded by quiet rural roads make it an ideal venue with plenty of space to spread out, post-ride with friends and family and enjoy a well-earned refreshment!
After sampling the delights of the North Wessex Downs on your ride, why not make a weekend of it and dive deeper into this historic region of the UK. Take a trip back in time at Avebury Stone Circle, explore the imperious White Horses that adorn the hillsides, or lose yourself in the winding streets of one of the picture perfect villages dotted throughout.
With three routes to choose from offering a variety of surfaces, challenging hills, rewarding views and plentiful feed stops to make it a cracking event!
The North Wessex Downs, home to the newest ride in the series, is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and whilst located outside Reading, you could be mistaken for thinking that with the peace and serenity on offer you're miles from anywhere, and not just a short hop from the capital! Famed for its chalk figures carved into the hillside, as well as being the inspiration for literary classic, Watership Down
Setting off from the sprawling grounds of the impressive Pangbourne College near Reading, the sportive routes head off in a north westerly direction. The Cool route (34-miles) completes a loop before reaching Newbury.
All events in the RIDE Series are organised and run by children’s charity, Action Medical Research. By taking part in an event, not only will you have a great time with first-class support throughout the day, but you’ll also be helping to raise vital funds to help sick and disabled babies and children.
There is no sponsorship target; you are simply encouraged to raise or donate as much as you can.
16 and 17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
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The event was very well organised, both leading up to the day and on the day itself. The routes were well signposted. The volunteers were wonderfully enthusiastic and supportive, and the feed stations were very welcomed. We all had a fantastic day in gorgeous sunshine and beautiful scenery. Lovely to see so many women at the event too. Can't wait to do it next year!
My first cycling event and it didn't disappoint. 70 miles with 7 friends, celebrating 2 birthdays - my 50th and a 30th. The event was very well organised, both leading up to the day and on the day itself. The various routes were easily identifiable & well signposted. The volunteers were wonderfully enthusiastic & supportive & the Feed Stations welcomed. There was bike support & medical support, neither of which we needed, fortunately. We all had a fantastic day in gorgeous sunshine & beautiful scenery. Lovely to see so many women on the event too. Can't wait to do it next year!
Really super event. Well organised, not too busy and super friendly! The route was well signposted and the feed stations were well spaced and well stocked! The tea was amazing! Thank you!
A lovely route on mainly quiet country lanes, with plenty of climbing to get the legs going and rewarded with some great views. Very friendly staff/volunteers at the start, feed stations and at the finish. Well organised and well signed throughout the route. Quite a tough early year 100 miler but well worth the effort.