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A 209k cycling event starting from Chalfont St Peter. A no-heroics 'ride round ride' from Chalfont out to Hungerford and back, just right for a short Winter's day.

Review summary

4.6
9 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Paul M
"Very wet (and cold) weather dampened (and chilled) the Willy Warmer this year,..."

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simon b
"Not as advertised - Again. And this year with added rain! If I could have seen..."

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Howard D
"Great ride! Real challenge was the weather, but a few good Cafe stops made it..."
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How to enter the The Willy Warmer

  1. 209km

    Bike 209km

The Willy Warmer weather forecast

Light rain in the morning and afternoon.

4°C
Predicted highs
1°C
Predicted lows
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The Willy Warmer reviews (9)

4.6 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Very wet (and cold) weather dampened (and chilled) the Willy Warmer this year, making it rather more testing than usual. The course isn't over-hilly, and roads not too busy even though the "wet weather" route avoided some of the quieter sections. And the cafes at Pangbourne, Hungerford (Hungerford in particular!) and Winnersh were our salvation.
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Not as advertised - Again. And this year with added rain! If I could have seen through the muck on my specs I know I would have rewarded with beautiful views over the Berkshire Downs. But the route is great - good going to get a 200km loop around the Thames Valley without running on any busy roads.
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Great ride! Real challenge was the weather, but a few good Cafe stops made it all fine! Great atmosphere and really enjoyed!
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Great flat route. No heavily trafficked roads and plenty of quiet roads, which is an achievement in this densely populated region. Good mix of well spaced controls mixed between info and manned. Plenty of opportunities for ad hoc refreshment.
  • Did the 209km in 2017

    Enjoyed the ride very much. No fault of the organisers but the service at the caf stop in Hungerford was slow - 50 ins for beans on toast. This is not the first time I have slow service there. I should have learnt by now and used another caf.
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    It was my first audax. Very different to sportives or other organised events. It certainly wasnt a race. Good to have a good weather and bad weather route. It was a good route, although we missed a lot of the views due to the rain. I didnt know about information points until a fellow rider explained, nice feature to keep it interesting. Friendly but independent co riders with far less interest in strava segments or impressing their mates. The controls were well organised and welcoming . The only downside was the cold/wet weather. I was glad of my waterproof trousers!!! I would never wear these out on a club run! Audax types are very chilled and quietly hardcore! Nice to have a cuppa and toasty at the end!
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Firstly it is not a race. The weather wasnt great, but this organisers and controls made up for it. I have ridden this event several thousand times and can say it is a classic on the calendar.
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    2nd year of riding this event and it is a great route... as with any other Audax ride in January you can't count on the weather... -7 in 2017 very wet & cold 2018... but everything else is spot on!
  • Did the 209km in 2018

    Really enjoyed the whole day, was well organised with GPS and route sheets available on-line, even taking into account a reworked route for poor weather, which was very handy. Good atmosphere at the start, with food laid on and good facitilities. Route covered some roads ridden before and introduced me to new areas. For an early season event, just after Christmas and the New Year, the ride was gentle enough not to have me on my knees at the end, but also was of a level to know I'd had a good day on the bike. The info controls were well described and the sit down controls had plenty of seat and lots of choices for drinks and food. At the finish our AUDAX card were processed there and then, which was great. First time I've ridden this event, but have heard of it through other, I will be back.