VRR - Sunday 3rd March 2019

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There are two versions:

The main route is 114km (71 miles) and the shorter route is 79km (49 miles). The rides follow two challenging routes, starting in Redbourn (AL3 7PP). The main route is 114km (71 miles) has 6 main climbs including Whiteleaf, Wardrobes, Wigginton Lane and New Road.  The course is not particularly difficult but it is a tough test, making it a good training ride for the winter.

The shorter course is 79km (49 miles) and misses out Whiteleaf and Wardrobes, but has the added benefit of including The Crong!

Start times:
Registration from 8.00am for departures from 9.00am, leaving in waves of 15 (max).

HQ address:

Redbourn Recreation Centre sign

Redbourn Recreation Centre, 75 Dunstable Rd, Redbourn AL3 7PP (see map here).

Redbourn Recreation Centre location map

Entry fee:

VCC Members: £6
Non-Members: £8
On the day: £10 (if available)

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Map and elevation profile
Long route / GPS track - see here.
Shorter route / GPS track - see here.
Note: The routes will not be signposted - so take a map or load up your Garmin (or equivalent)!

Hazards
The event takes place on public roads so normal care and attention is required. Please observe the Highway Code and show respect at all times for all other road users. There are a few specific hazards we’d like to draw your attention to:

Long route:

  • S bends on Gaddesden Lane at the 3 mile and 68 mile mark – strongly suggest you single out.
  • Rough surface on Puddephats Lane - sharp up/down - around the 6 mile mark
  • Sharp left turn onto High Street – Markyate – busy road
  • Tight left onto Buckwood Road past from High Street, Markyate – care of oncoming vehicles
  • Steep decent on tight lane – Studham Lane – after 11 miles 
  • Sharp up/down on tight lane – Stocks Road – 19 to 20 miles – some poor surfaces after descent
  • Newground Road junction with busy A4251
  • Steep ascent up to Wiggington on Hemp Lane – 22 to 23 miles
  • Sharp right turn from Missenden Road to Longdown Hill between 36 and 37 miles
  • Steep ascent up Wheatleaf – Peter Lane – 39 to 40 miles
  • Steep descent – Kop Hill – 40 to 41 miles
  • Steep ascent – Brimmers Road with sharp left turn onto Wardrobes Lane/Pink Hill – 42 miles.
  • Steep descent – Glade Road – 44 to 45 miles
  • Steep ascent out of Great Missenden with sharp left turn onto Frith Hill
  • Tight lane with rough surface in places – Northchurch Lane & Dennys Lane – 58 mile mark
  • Low bridge under railway from Lower Kings Road to New Road – 59 miles
  • Sharp left turn onto Nettleden Road – 61 miles
  • Sharp ascent – Dodds Lane – 65 miles

Shorter route:

  • S bends on Gaddesden Lane at the 3 mile and 68 mile mark – strongly suggest you single out.
  • Rough surface on Puddephats Lane - sharp up/down - around the 6 mile mark
  • Sharp left turn onto High Street – Markyate – busy road
  • Tight left onto Buckwood Road from High Street, Markyate – care of oncoming vehicles
  • Steep decent on tight lane – Studham Lane – after 11 miles
  • Sharp up/down on tight lane – Stocks Road – 19 to 20 miles – some poor surfaces after descent
  • Newground Road junction with busy A4251
  • Steep ascent up to Wiggington on Hemp Lane – 22 to 23 miles
  • Tight lane with rough surface in places – Northchurch Lane & Dennys Lane – 36 mile mark
  • Low bridge under railway from Lower Kings Road to New Road – 38 miles
  • Sharp left turn onto Nettleden Road – 39 miles
  • Sharp ascent – Dodds Lane – 43 miles

This is a Reliability Ride with a target speed range of 13 to 18mph. This equates to about 4 to 5.5 hours for the long ride and 3 to 4 hours for the shorter version. We expect that there will be some faster riders but, please remember, the events are challenges not races. Riders will be set off at intervals to reduce the risks from riding in large bunches on narrow lanes. Please do not ride in groups of more than 10, groups of 6 to 8 is ideal.

On the day
There is plenty of free car parking space nearby, both at the Recreation Centre and on Dunstable Road. The nearest Railway Stations are Harpenden (3.5 miles) or St Albans (5.4 miles).

There will be tea and coffee available before the ride and a selection of food at the end. Both rides close at 3:30pm. We’ll have a hot drink and food waiting for you until then. If you think you are going to be later than that, or if you decide to abandon at any time, please call us on the number we will give you on the day.

Insurance
The event is being run by Verulam CC which is affiliated to Cycling UK. This provides Organisers’ Liability insurance as long as the event has no more than 200 riders. The ride is therefore limited to this number. We expect all riders to have their own third party liability insurance. This is intended to cover you should you ever be adjudged to have caused an accident which led to injury or damage to another cyclist, anyone else or their property. The main cycling organisations (Cycling UK, British Cycling and LVRC) all provide this as part of their membership benefits.

Chiltern Classics
The Verulam Reliability Ride is part of the Chiltern Classics series of reliability rides
See here for info on the other rides (see here).

More information
Any questions, please contact us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.