100 mile route

Route Summary: 
Total Distance 102.2 miles   
Total Ascent 1899m (6231 ft) (1700m measured on a Garmin)

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Upon leaving the start you head across the open space of Chipping Sodbury Common and on to Horton where you enter the smaller lanes. Through Horton and on to Hawkesbury, passed the Church and up the Hawkesbury Howler, not a long hill but still tough before you've got you legs warmed up. At the top you turn left by the duck pond and on passed the tall Hawkesbury monument. Take a quick look left at the view as the road starts to drop before dropping further as you descend the enjoyable fast flowing descent through the trees to Hillesley.

Leaving Hillesley the road continues to fall until you reach a left hand corner where you need to be ready to find a low gear to ascend the short Alderley Grunt with a max gradient of 20%. Catch you breath through Alderley before you reach the bottom of the Tresham Tester. A steep section in the middle before lower gradients take you on to the top. Arrinving at the T junction with the A46, turn left, along the A46 for about 100 yards before turning right and back into the lanes to Leighterton where the 100 mile route splits from the 60 mile at 11.4 miles.


Leaving Leighterton you head on to Didmarton where the roads are flat and falling passed Acton Turville, Grittleton and Hullavington Airfield. Passing through Great Somerford the gradient starts to reverse and you start to gently climb back up through the villages of Charlton, Long Newnton and Cherington. Passing Gatcombe Park on the left you reach Minchinhampton Common with some spectaular views across the cotswold hills.

Leaving Minchinhampton village you turn left and drop down the great descent of Nailsworth ladder with the tight Alpine style S-bends. The descent ends in Nailsworth where you cross the A46 and start the climb of the Nailsworth Nailer which seems a little longer with it's false summits. As you reach the final summit you start to descend with the trees on the left every so often give you a glimpse of a magnifacent view over the Severn valley below. Continuing to descend through King Stanley you reach the village of Frocester.

At about the 62 mile mark you reach the bottom of Frocester Hill (featured in 100 best cycling climbs click here for a description). At the top of Frocester Hill you rejoin the riders on the 60 mile route and drop down into Uley and Feed stop 2. Departing Uley you head out towards the River Severn and some picturesque and prodominately flat miles. Passing through Oldbury on Severn and looping around Thornbury before turning for home at Elberton.

Leaving Elberton a short sharp climb takes you back up from the Severn Vale and on to Feed stop 3, stop if you need a quick break, drink or an energy boost. Departing Feed Stop 3 quiet lanes take you along to join the B4059 for a couple of miles and past Tudor House Acton Court. Over the traffic lights and back into the lanes and your getting close to the finish. A short climb takes you up through the village of Yate rocks as you pass the 100 mile mark and on to join the Wickwar road which forms the finishing straight back to the rugby club for a warm welcome, a well deserved rest, hot food and maybe a pint!


Significant Hills and Food stops (Distance from start):

4.8 miles; Hill
Hawkesbury Howler (Total Length 0.5miles, Ave Gradient 7% Max Gradient 14% Total Ascent 63.7m)

7.5 miles; Hill
Alderley Grunt (Total Length 0.16miles, Ave Gradient 11% Max Gradient 20% Total Ascent 50m)

7.9 miles: Hill
Tresham Tester (Total Length 0.81miles, Ave Gradient 7% Max Gradient 19% Total Ascent 91m)

11.4 miles: 60/100 mile Routes Split

32 miles: Feed Stop 1 (Volunteer Inn, Great Sommerford)

51 miles: Hill
Nailsworth Nailer (Total Length 1.6miles, Ave Gradient 5% Max Gradient 14% Total Ascent 137m

62 miles: Hill
Frocester Hill (Total Length 1.6miles, Ave Gradient 8% Max Gradient 15% Total Ascent 199m)

63.8 miles: 60/100 Routes Combine

65 miles: Feed Stop 2 (Old Crown, Uley)

91 miles: Feed Stop 3 (Marlwood School, Alveston)

102.2 miles: Finish



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