Kinesis Badlands Gravelcross

26th November, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire

fast all terrain riding

Inspired by the dark history of when brigands used to roam the Henley Hills, we wanted to bring a Gravelcross event to the Chiltern Hills above that venerable Thames-side town. As we know from our now well established Wildwood event, the Chilterns are a near perfect mix of roads tracks and trails for CX/gravel riding, and spinning out a route a little further up the chain allows us to explore some of the darker, grittier folds of this deceptively demanding range of hills.

While Henley-on-Thames might enjoy a genteel reputation today, it’s hidden history recalls it as a hotspot of dashing villainy, and for awhile at least, the dark hills north of the town were justifiably known as the badlands. Henley was the last stop on the Thames for trading vessels, and as the boats unloaded their valuable cargo, Highwayman and robbers watched from the overlooking hills to make their crooked plans. The truth of these robberies usually far from the romantic image of the gentleman robbers we have today, making this part of the country a forbidding proposition for tradesmen and travellers.

And the very things that made this area perfect for highway robbery, make it ideal for CX/gravel riding today. The densely folded and wooded hills conceal a network of lanes, tracks and trails the wind and climb and fall continuously. It’s a surprisingly harsh corner of the home counties; where the crumbling tarmac on the back roads can prove perilous for skinny road bikes, but where CX or gravel bikes come into their own. 29ers and 27.5in hardtails will eat up the miles on the dirt, and the constantly switching surface provides an entertaining ride and acts as a great leveller between the variety of bikes on the route.

68, 50 & 35km course options.

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Event Location

Henley Leisure Centre, Gillots Lane, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PA

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Event Times
Registration Opens 8:00am
First Ride Start 8:30am (9:00am 40km)
Last Ride Start 9:30am (10:00am 40km)
Event Centre Closes 4:00pm
  • Full Route
  • £29
  • The big, no compromise challenge
  • Full course marking
  • Detailed route map
  • Support vehicle / mechanical assistance on the course
  • Free energy drink
  • Support/feed station on route
  • Free allocation of energy snacks for each rider at support stations and finish
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service
  • Mid Route
  • £29
  • A great ride for any enthusiast
  • Full course marking
  • Detailed route map
  • Support vehicle / mechanical assistance on the course
  • Free energy drink
  • Support/feed station on route
  • Free allocation of energy snacks for each rider at support stations and finish
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service
  • Short Route
  • £26
  • The ideal morning ride or a great introduction
  • Full course marking
  • Detailed route map
  • Support vehicle / mechanical assistance on the course
  • Free energy drink
  • Drinks point on route
  • Free allocation of energy snacks for each rider at support stations and finish
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service

Courses

CX Sportive courses are designed to cover a variety of terrains, typically to the following percentages:

60% Road (mostly back lanes)

25% fast tracks (fire road/farm track)

10% bridleway

5% singletrack (semi-technical off road)


Badlands CX route profiles

67
kilometres

1000
metres climb

14.9
metres/km

16%
max. gradient

50
kilometres

683
metres climb

13.6
metres/km

14%
max. gradient

35
kilometres

440
metres climb

12.6
metres/km

14%
max. gradient

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ENTER JUNIOR RIDERS (Under 16s)

Under 16s can enter free!*

We require that under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult on the ride, and that a junior riders parent or guardian gives permission for the junior rider takes part, based on their (the parent or guardian’s) good judgement of the junior rider’s ability to successfully complete the ride. Unaccompanied juniors may be refused participation in the event. If you want any advice about the events to help you decide whether they a right for juniors in your group, we’re happy to discuss it with you.

*Well, almost; there is a nominal one penny transaction charge.

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