Chiltern Roalds, Take Me Home: 100km audax

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A more accessible audax route taking in some big, friendly giant Chiltern Hills and Roald Dahl’s home town

Start 8.45am Ruislip Monday 1st May 2017

A shorter version of the 200k Chiltern, Chiltern, Bang, Bang, this leaves the longer event at Wendover and heads home via Chiltern Roads, passing through Great Missenden where the Roald Dahl museum is situated. Inserting Roald Dahl’s name into the title of John Denver’s classic, ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads ‘ song title (we also highly recommend Toots’ reggae version) we came up with ‘Chiltern Roalds’ and even some alternative lyrics.

The route is designed to be accessible and manageable for most riders, mostly on lanes and B roads with a cafe control approximately half way.

Entry

Entries may be made on the Audax UK page here.

Route

The ‘short story’ version of the longer Chiltern Chiltern Bang Bang Audax leaves the long route at Wendover and heads home through the Chilterns passing Roald Dahl’s museum at Great Missenden. Featuring some Chiltern cyclists’ favourites like Ivinghoe Beacon and Wendover Woods, this is no ‘Tales of The Unexpected’, the climb out of Berkhamsted is a ‘Giant Peach’ with views of the ruined Norman Castle, as you take in the ‘Marvellous Medicine’ of Chiltern lanes. ‘The whizzpopping BFG’ (Best Flat Going in Big Fast Gears) is between the two main climbs (‘You Only Climb Twice’ – although there are also some minor lumps to negotiate)…home via ‘Chalfont and the Chiltern Factor’ eases towards Ruislip.

  • One Café Control and two infos.
  • Food and tea/coffee at start included in price, scrumdiddlyumptious.
  • Two main climbs at Berkhamsted and Wendover Woods
  • 1247 metres of ascent over the route
Chiltern Roalds Take Me Home - map
Chiltern Roalds Take Me Home – route map

 

Chiltern Roalds Take Me Home - profile
Chiltern Roalds Take Me Home – elevation profile

Sightseeing

  • Berkhamsted Castle
  • Ashridge Estate
  • Ivinghoe Beacon (National Trust) – view of Whipsnade Zoo and chalk carving on hillside.
  • Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden

Food stops

The following controls are most suited to a bite to eat en route: 

  • Ruislip – Start with Bacon, Sausage or Egg Roll plus Tea or Coffee provided.
  • Shops at Berkhamsted
  • Wendover – Cafe in the Woods – Good selection of cakes etc
  • Ruislip – The clubhouse bar at the finish will be open.

En route there are several garden centres and other tea shop/cafes that may be worth a stop if needed as alternative eating places if the timings don’t suit.

Start venue

Grosvenor Vale Ruislip – Wealdstone Football Club

Parking at the venue – please follow any instructions on the day and only park in designated areas

Alternatives

  • Street Parking: Ruislip is a residential suburb and has plentiful street parking, however you will find restrictions near shops and tube stations.
  • Kingsend South Car Park, Wood lane (Waitrose): Long Term Parking on the left £5.50 all day (less for London Borough of Hillingdon residents)
  • Ruislip Maor Car Park Linden Road (near Ruislip Manor tube Station): free on Sundays
  • Pembroke Road: Near Ruislip Manor opposite Kwik Fit
Start venue
Start venue

Getting there

From London

Take the A40 Western Avenue to the Polish War Memorial exit (SP RUISLIP) take the third exit off the roundabout and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

From the North, South and West

The most straightforward route is to take the M25 to the intersection with the M40 (Junction 16) and head towards London. Take the fourth exit after passing Northolt Airport (SP POLISH WAR MEMORIAL / Ruislip) and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

Alternatives can be shorter, for example from the North via Watford (Bushey Arches) through Northwood or Northwood Hills, or via Chorleywood and Rickmansworth from the M25. You can also take the second or third exits off the M40/A40 and travel via Swakeleys Road/Long Lane. From the South, Heathrow and the M4 (junction 3) it is possible to take A312 (The parkway) northwards to the Polish War Memorial then follow the directions from London (see above).

By Train

Please check Bank Holiday timetables and engineering work closures in advance!

  • Ruislip Gardens Station – Central Line Tube from central London (Nearest Central Line Station
  • West Ruislip Station or South Ruislip Station – Central Line Tube from central London and Chiltern Line from London Marylebone or High Wycombe and further afield. It is recommended that you check the timetable as many Chiltern Line trains stop at one or the other, but not both stations!
  • Ruislip or Ruislip Manor – Metropolitan Line and Piccadilly line from Central London or Uxbridge

Note: bikes are not allowed on London’s deep tunnel sections of the tube. The Metropolitan Line is not deep tunnel and can accommodate bikes throughout. However the Central Line to West Ruislip can only accommodate bikes from White City outwards, and the Piccadilly line from Barons Court outwards. 

Hotels

Premier Inn Ruislip (about 20 rooms) – 10 minutes from start

Barn Hotel – nearest hotel to the start

Ramada South Ruislip – Station Approach by South Ruislip tube station

And for those alternative song lyrics:

Almost heaven, West of London, Chiltern riding, Out in to the shires.
Cycling’s great there, passing the green trees, slogging up the Chilterns, blasting through the breeze.

Country roads, take me home to the place I began.
West of London, Ruislip headed, take me home, country roads.

All my memories gather round here, Winter Warmer, Missenden Time Trials,
Dark and dusty, weather wet or dry, misty times or sunshine, teardrop in my eye.

Country roads, take me home to the place I began.
West of London, Ruislip headed, take me home, country roads.

I hear the call in the morning hour roads call me, the GPX reminds me of my start in Ruislip.
riding down the road I get a feeling that I should be there soon, Arrivée, Arrivée.

Country roads, take me home to the place I began.
West of London, Ruislip headed, take me home, country roads.

Country roads, take me home to the place I began.
West of London, Ruislip headed, take me home, country roads.

4 Responses

  1. paul broome
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    Great lyrics – if anything an improvement upon John Denver’s – I’ll be up for the 100k

  2. Jerry Sharp
    | Reply

    How do I get details of the actual route

    • nicstevenson@gmail.com
      | Reply

      Hi Jerry,

      Full route details will be available to people once they’ve signed up via Audax UK.

      Nic

      • Jerry Sharp
        | Reply

        Thanks Nic
        I have already communicated with Dave M about this.
        I have entered myself, daughter and her boyfriend looking forward to it.

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