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 here.

Local Reliability Rides include the following:

Westerley Winter Warmer - 108km & 44km

  • HQ - Chalfont St Peter Scout Hut
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 12th January
  • Book online here.

Harp RC Harp Hilly Hundred - 100km & 55km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 19th January
  • Book online here.

Hemel Hempstead CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 2nd February
  • Book on the day

Willesden CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Chalfont St Peter Community Centre
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 16th February
  • Book online here.

Plus our own :

Verulam Reliability Ride - 120km and 75km

  • HQ - Redbourn Recreation Centre, 75 Dunstable Rd, Redbourn AL3 7PP
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 1st March
  • Book online here.

Berkhamsted CC - 107km and 61km

  • HQ - Musette Cafe, Church Farm, Station Rd, Aldbury, Tring , Herts, HP23 5RS
  • 2020 - held on Sunday 8 March
  • Book online here.