Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Chilterns Adventure 2019

Organiser: Scott Morrell

Date: Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May 2019

Ride Start: Watlington Hill NT Car Park, Christmas Common, Watlington, Oxfordshire OX49 5HS

Start Time: 9:30am

After the success of this event last year, we thought it was time to revisit this one. It will be good prep for those of us who will be heading off on the Pico's adventure in June.
The plan is to meet at the National Trust Car Park, located on Watlington Hill, Christmas Common for 9am with a view to starting the ride at 9:30. Postcode for satnav's is OX49 5HS.
Bring a packed lunch with you as we will stop around the halfway point to refuel. Allow a good hour to an hour and 15 mins to get there from Hitchin / Stevenage respectively.
There is a pub just round the corner from the car park, so if people aren't restricted too much in terms of time, then we can dive on in there making it a  great way to end another epic WCC adventure.

Event Details:

Ride Start Location:

Watlington Hill National Trust Car Park OX49 5HS

Route Map and GPS download link:

Please click here to access the route on plotaroute

Additional Useful Info:

Preparation

Service your bike, or at a minimum check that it has newish brake pads and the gears are fine. Fingers crossed for balmy sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change there, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
Rear mech hanger (this tends to be unique to your bike, and can easily be damaged by a rock); chain link (hard to fix a broken chain without it); inner tubes; pump; if running tubeless tyre patch/stans fluid/CO2 inflator & cartridges.
Nice to have spare bits:
Extra set of brake pads, spare gear cable; oil lube; cycle energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you. It would be good if someone can volunteer to bring first aid basics.

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.