The club organises two reliability rides per year keeping in the tradition of historical events when a rider had to complete the challenge of a route within a pre-determined time, the goal being a test of machine, fitness and ability to navigate over long distance. Those factors have diminished somewhat with the improvements to roads, bike components, GPS computers and rider fitness levels but we continue the memory of our forebears whilst enjoying the beautiful Cotswold countryside over some testing terrain.
The HQ for both rides is the Woodgreen Leisure Centre in Banbury where there is plenty of free parking and will be open from 0830. Please ensure that you arrive in plenty of time to sign on and pay the £2 entry fee. There’s no HQ and no sign on until further notice
There will be 3 start times:
0900: Leisure Pace. For riders stating a time of 4 – 4 1/2 hours.
0915: Intermediate Pace: For riders stating a time of 3 ½ – 4 hours.
0930: Fast Pace: For riders stating a time of 3 ½ hours or less.
A much sought after and highly revered certificate will be awarded to any riders who manage to stay on course to complete the route in their stated time.
Our Reliability Rides are open to all cyclists, club members and non-members alike. Please ensure you bring sufficient food, drink and basic bike maintenance tools, and appropriate clothing with you during the rides as there are no marshals or support on the route and it’s the responsibility of each rider to ensure their own well-being.
Spring reliability route:
For 2021 we’ve had to amend the route because of road closures in Banbury and around Kineton so please use this Garmin route rather than the usual one further down the page:
Autumn reliability route: