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Bucks Off Road Sportive

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BY: martyn salt

Published: 18th April, 2014

Bucks Off-Road Sportive

West Drayton Mountain Bike Club (WDMBC), one of the UK’s biggest mountain bike clubs, is once again organising the Bucks Off-road Sportive (BORS). The popular multi-distance event is now less than 4 weeks away and is on Sunday the 11th MAY.

Chris Denman, former Southern XC champ and WDMBC chairman said, “BORS started off 15 years ago after members of WDMBC took part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds and felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London. From then on it’s just got bigger and bigger and last year the event attracted 500 riders.”

Steve Keating, course designing aficionado, commented, “The Bucks countryside is an incredible place to ride and although this year the event will start just inside the borders of Hertfordshire the ride soon meanders back into the Bucks countryside and I have once again designed routes that take in the best the area has to offer.

The longest distance this year remains at 132km route, which will be tough enough for even the die-hard marathon rider while this year as well as the normal 100 and 70 km routes a family route of 35km has been designed in order to cater for all standards of riders who want  to enjoy the stunning countryside. It really has something for everyone.”

A proportion of each entry will be donated to the South Bucks Riding for Disability Group who have up to 100 disabled horse riders and use and share many of the bridleways used along the route.

All those completing the event will receive a memento of the day a free soft drink/pint at the licensed bar at the HQ as well as a free cup of tea to drink whilst they dissect their rides and tell their war stories.

There are four distances available – the Mega 132km, the classic 100km, the club 72km and the family 35km route. All routes start and end at the event HQ the Chiltern Sports club , Maple Lodge Close Maple Lodge Close, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 2SQ which is easliy accesible from the  M4, M40 and M25.

The routes are a mixture of country roads, public bridleways and single track and are clearly sign posted with down loadable GPS routes available. Refreshments and aid stations will be well stocked

Professional photographer Simon Slater will also be on hand to take photos of the riders at various points around the routes.

Entry is limited to 600 entrants To avoid missing out you are advised to enter as soon as possible.

Riders can enter online by visiting the website art

Further details from event organizer Chris Denman at

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