What is a Reliability Ride?

Reliability rides provide late winter (Jan-Mar) training rides where the object is to provide base fitness in preparation for the more demanding race training that will follow when the weather improves. In today’s world of sportives they are enjoyed by more than just competitive cyclists. Time goals are set for the rides that entrants aim to better. Riders are self supporting and there are no organised stops en route. The rides are not races, you are riding on the open roads.

Traditionally, these events were held over 100 miles. Riders were required to state a completion time and to arrive at the check points and back at the HQ at their stated time. Failure resulted in no certificate. Today these rides are a less testing 100km and the time challange is no longer strictly imposed.

Winter Ride Winter Ride 2

The Chiltern Classic rides:

For full information see: http://hemelcycling.org.uk/events/chiltern-classics

Local Reliability Rides include the following:

Westerley Winter Warmer - 108km & 44km

Harp RC Harp Hilly Hundred - 100km & 55km

Hemel Hempstead CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom
  • 2017 - held on Sunday 11th February
  • Book on the day

CC Luton - 100km

  • HQ - Streatley Village Hall
  • 2018 - held on Sunday 11th February
  • Book online via British Cycling website

Willesden CC - 100km & 50km

 Plus our own Club run:

VRR - Verulam Reliability Ride - 120km and 75km

  • HQ - Redbourn Recreation Centre
  • 2018 - held on Sunday 04th March
  • Registration in advance - book online here.