Kinesis Badlands Gravelcross

18th November, Princes Risborough

fast all terrain riding

NEW VENUE FOR 2018!

We’ve had two great years at Henley Sports Centre, but the popularity of Badlands means we need a bigger venue!

So we’ve moved north to Princes Risborough, to attack the course area from the top of the map! We’ll be based at Princes Risborough School, which has great road (and rail) access, loads of parking and (maybe most importantly) an awesome and warm canteen waiting for you post ride! Badlands just got badder – don’t miss it!

Inspired by the dark history of when brigands used to roam the Chiltern Hills, Badlands is an ideal ride for the dark, dashing and windswept days of November! 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. Badlands spins out it’s route a little further north,allowing us to explore some of the darker, grittier folds of this deceptively demanding range of hills.

While the Chilterns might enjoy a genteel reputation today, their hidden history recalls them as a hotspot of dashing villainy, and for awhile at least, the dark hills north of the Thames were justifiably known as the badlands. Coaches loaded with cargo from trading vessels that docked at Henley had to make their way through the wooded hills where robbers watched and waited. The truth of these robberies were 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.

70, 50 & 30km course options.

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Event Location

Princes Risborough School, Merton Rd, Princes Risborough HP27 0DR

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
  • £31*
  • 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
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service
  • *Entry increases £2 in last week of booking and £3 on the day
  • Mid Route
  • £31*
  • 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
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service
  • *Entry increases £2 in last week of booking and £3 on the day
  • Short Route
  • £28*
  • 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
  • On site catering – Hot and cold food and drinks
  • Electronic rider timing
  • Finish Line results
  • Finishers medal
  • Website results service
  • *Entry increases £2 in last week of booking and £3 on the day

Courses

Our new venue means new course for 2018!

CX Sportive courses are designed to cover a variety of terrains. This course features:

57% Off Road (includes hard tracks away from public roads, dirt/gravel road, bridleway and forest track + some singletrack/semi-technical)

43% Road (mostly quiet roads / country lanes)

(Figures are for the 75km full route)

2018 Route Map

Badlands CX route profiles
75
kilometres

976
metres climb

13
metres/km

16.4%
max. gradient

45
kilometres

589
metres climb

13.1
metres/km

14.4%
max. gradient

36
kilometres

449
metres climb

12.5
metres/km

17%
max. gradient

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