Bucks Off Road Sportive - a brief history

The Bucks Classic started off 21 years ago when, after members of the West Drayton Mountain Bike Club had taken part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds for a few years the club and they felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London. 

As the event was going to be in the County of Buckinghamshire it was decided the event was going to be called the Bucks Classic, and was renamed in 2009 to the Bucks Off-Road Sportive. Although based on the Hell of the North the club wanted to improve on the HONC (as the event is popularly known) and the main problem club riders had with the HONC was the lack of directions arrows and the lack of singe track so that was the main priorities to find some more challenging trails and to mark the whole route, no mean feat when you go along over 100 km of twisting bridleways and small lanes.

The event which is a mixture of stunning single track bridleways, byways and some quiet country lanes started off with one route of 30 km, which then rose to 40km, and then with the input of top route designer Steve Keating 100 km with two shorter versions of 70 kms and 30 kms. The event has grown over the years and moved its headquarters from the Denham Country Park to the near-by Martin Baker social club and now the Chiltern Sports and Social club which allows riders to shower and make use of a fully licensed bar as well as a cheap supply of refreshments.

The 10th anniversary event featured an even harder route as the full distance rose to 121 km which made the event one of the hardest off-road sportives, on the calendar. However, the club wants to encompass all standards so there were some shorter distances to choose from.

In 2008 the bar was raised further with the long distance raised to 132 km and then in 2015 150km., 2015 saw the organisation team change slightly with Wayne Cook aka “Q” taking the reins as route maestro and he will again be at the helm this year when we will be having 3 rides over the following distances, of 40 KM, 80 km and 120KM so that there is a ride to suit everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the 12th May.

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Bucks Road Sportive : 3rd March 2019

Well this years event is over, the weather gods were not kind to us this year with rain the order of the day which meant that there were a number of non starters, those that did faced a new course which was met with good reviews so we will be looking at keeping this new course for 2020’s event.

Photographs of this years event are available from here

This website is the home of the Bucks Of Road Sportive (BORS) the Bucks Road Sportive (BRS) and new for 2019 the Bucks Cross Sportive.

Unfortunately after 20 years of running the Off Road Sportive, due to a prior commitment on the anniversary date of the event which would have been the 12th May I am unable to run the event this year, we had a choice of changing the date or getting a new organiser from the club. We did the latter and had a volunteer who wanted to take the event on however we did not have enough helpers to guarantee the success of the event so had to take the difficult decision to postpone this years event. That’s the bad news the good news is that the Bucks CX sportive an event we had been planning for a while now will go ahead, the date for the event is the 8th September , it will start at our usual HQ the Maple Lodge social club in Rickmansworth , there will be 1 feed station, an event memento, GPX routes and a sag wagon. Although the event is aimed at CX/gravel bikes and would make an ideal training session for those about to start the cross season it is also suitable for an MTB and over the weeks of pre riding and checking the route the split in the club has been about 50/50 on MTB’s and cross bikes.

To get full details of the CX sportive follow the link here

To get full details of the individual events just click on Road for the Bucks Road Sportive and Off Road for the off road sportive.

Anyone looking for some road training the West Drayton have regular road rides both Sundays and mid week so check out the following site https://www.facebook.com/groups/557235464401072/ if you want to join in any on of these

Yours in sport

Chris Denman chris@westdraytonmbc.co.uk

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