Bucks Off Road Sportive Entries Open

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Posted Friday 31st December 2012 –

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West Drayton Mountain Bike Club (WDMBC), one of the UK’s biggest mountain bike clubs, will once again be organising the Bucks Off-Road Sportive (BORS) in the New Year with the popular multi-distance event to be held on Sunday 12th May 2013. Chris Denman, former Southern XC champ and WDMBC chairman said, “the BORS started off 14 years ago after members of WDMBC took part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds and felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London. From then on it’s just got bigger and bigger and we now attract 600 riders.”

Steve Keating, course designing aficionado, commented, “the Bucks countryside is an incredible place to ride and although this year the event just starts inside the borders of Hertfordshire the ride soon meanders back into the Bucks countryside and I have once again designed routes that take in the best the area has to offer. This year the club has cut the short distance to 50km to cater for the growing number of novice riders taking up challenging events such as this but the longest distance remains at 132km, a route that will be tough enough for even the die-hard marathon rider while those not quite up to this can ride the iconic 100km route. There will be a sag wagon for any riders suffering terminal mechanical failures.

A proportion of each entry will be donated to the South Bucks Riding for Disability Group who has up to 100 disabled horse riders and whose very own Natasha Baker won Gold in the 2012 London Paralympic Games.

All those completing the event will receive a memento of the day; a free soft drink/pint at the licensed bar at the HQ as well as a free cup of tea to drink whilst they dissect their rides and recount their war stories.

There are three distances available – the mega 132km, the classic 100km and the social 50Km route with all routes starting and finishing at the event HQ The Chiltern Sports club, Maple Lodge Close, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire WD3 2SQ which is close to the  M4, M40 and M25. The routes are a mixture of country roads, public bridleways and single track and are clearly sign posted. Refreshments and aid stations will be well stocked thanks to generous contributions from The Feed Station.

Professional photographer Simon Slater will also be on hand to take photos of the riders at various points around the routes.

Entry is limited to 600 entrants and is expected to reach this limit in advance of the event so to avoid missing out you are advised to enter as soon as possible.

Riders can enter online by the event website –

http://www.bucksoffroadsportive.co.uk/