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The Buckingham Cycle Sportive

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Open your season with this stunning ride - one not to be missed! Rolling along quiet country lanes, passing through picturesque country villages, tackling climbs - this event has everything you need to kick-start your season.

Dust off your bike and get started, or test out how well your Winter training has gone. Short (40 miles) or Standard (60 miles) options, both with a start and finish at Buckingham School.

How to enter the The Buckingham Cycle Sportive

  1. Standard (60)

    Road Cycling: Bike 60mi, N/a
    Event passed
  2. Short (40m)

    Road Cycling: Bike 40mi, N/a
    Event passed

The Buckingham Cycle Sportive routes

Both courses start and finish at The Buckingham School, London Road, Buckingham MK18 1AT.

Cycling through the Aylesbury Vale offers the chance for some beautiful scenery on quiet, undulating country roads. Both rides head north together towards the magnificent grounds of Stowe School, before splitting and turning south through the gently rolling lands of Buckinghamshire. The courses reunite at Steeple Claydon, before finishing together again at The Buckingham School.


All turnings will be marked with a large blue arrow on a yellow background. Specific hazards, such as steep hills and sharp bends will be signed with red letters on a yellow background.

Course split and rejoin:

The Course Split will be clearly marked with a ‘COURSE SPLIT’ sign at the junction and another sign after the split confirming which course you are now on.

  • The course split comes at 8 Miles, just before Preston Bissett hamlet
  • The courses rejoin at 32M (Standard)/12M (Short) just before Steeple Claydon
  • Both courses finish on the same route between Steeple Claydon & Buckingham

Please remember that signs can be tampered with on events such as these, therefore it is highly recommended that you download the ROUTE MAPS and bring them with you as back- up.

Event Details

What’s Included

Opens at 7:30am at Event HQ and will be clearly signed for you. You will be given your rider number and your timing chip.

  • Please wear your helmet securely fitted when you register – this is for the staff to affix your chip correctly. Your disposable chip will be stuck onto the left side of your cycle helmet. It must be fitted to a dry helmet and only on the plastic part of the helmet (not on any non-plastic type area near the strap)
  • Your rider number should be fitted to your handlebars with the cable ties provided

The emergency numbers can be found on the reverse of your bike number

Raceday Logistics


Registration from 07:30

Start times between 08:00 and 10:00 – please be sure to set off early if you are a slower or novice rider.

Cut-off time is 4pm.

Getting there:

The address of Race HQ is The Buckingham School, London Rd, Buckingham, MK18 1AT.

Parking and Event HQ:

Parking is on-site in the school grounds – please park considerately

Rider briefing:

This is mandatory and will be held on the start line for each departing group. Riders will be set off at 2 minute intervals in groups of approx 20, between 08:00 and 10:00. You can start your ride anytime between 08:00 from 10:00. Please assemble behind the start line and wait for your turn to go.

Pre event checks:

Please be sure to check your bike & helmet before going to the start. Also make sure you have your water, food/gels, mobile phone, emergency numbers, chip, rider number, tools, pump, inner tubes, spare jacket/clothing, etc, with you before heading to the start.

Kit List

What to bring:

Your ID (in case of emergency); our emergency number (this will be advised by us in the week preceding the event); mobile phone (fully charged!); route maps (these will be sent to you prior to event day – you can choose a gpx file or a printable version); food for the ride; full water bottles for the ride; money; bike tool kit; working bike pump; spare inner tubes; appropriate clothing for the weather; spare clothing; bike – this MUST be in good condition, safe to ride on the road, with conventional handlebars; cycle helmet – you MUST wear a helmet, please see our terms & conditions on the website for compliance standards.


Free parking. Full and clear route marking. Manned Feed stations on each course. Sweeper wagon & First Aid. Bespoke finishers medal. Hot food and drink to buy at the start and finish.

Feed Stations:

There will be feed stations along the route – information on where they are and at what Mile point they will be will be given to you before race day. There will be water for you to fill your bottles & energy drink for those who want it. There will be a good selection of savoury and sweet things to eat and restock your energy stores with. Please do take what you need, but please don’t overdo it – there will be plenty of hungry riders coming in behind you!

Medical support:

The emergency number will be given to you before race day. Please put this number into your phone and call direct if you or another rider requires emergency MEDICAL support. Please remember that a mechanical failure is not a reason to call the emergency service.

The Buckingham Cycle Sportive weather forecast

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