The event is organised by Banbury Cherwell Rotary Club and Banbury Star Cyclists Club.
Sportive Route Details:
'Family Fun' ride of 10km / 5.5 miles (entry for which is made payable on the day). A flat(ish) family freindly route around the quiet road and track immediately surrounding the castle.
'Ironstone 20" 32km / 20 miles through undulating North Oxfordshire ironstone countryside - the course winds its way through the villages of Shutford, and Epwell. There are no really big hills on this route we promise, but by the nature of the terrain it will be a challenge if you've not done much cycling before. There will be one feed-station on the route at approximately half distance. The Ironstone 20 might suit people who are new to sportive cycling or a medium ability but who still want a good cycling challenge.
'Kenco 50' route of 80km / 50 miles. The Kenco 50 celebrates the 50th year the making of the famous Kenco coffee in Banbury. The route has been designed to incorporate several classic hill climbs including Nebsworth Lane climb near Illmington, before looping through Moreton in Marsh for the feed-station located at Cotswold Cycles shop. This route is designed for the more regular cyclist who is accustomed to riding more challenging and hilly terrain. There will be 1 feed-station on this route at mile 30. The route is a testing ride and you should expect it to take somewhere between 3 and 5 hours.
'Mondelēz Monster' - 160km / 100 Mile. This sportive route will be one of the most challenging rides that you will complete all year. The 'figure of eight' course takes in several classic climbs of the area including Nebsworth Lane, Snowshill and Butlers Lane but is also full of smaller notoriously leg sapping Cotswold lumps and bumps which the area is famous for in the cycling world. Feed stations will be located at mile 30, mile 55 and mile 80. This one really is for the serious cyclist. It's recommended that you train for this ride in order to complete the distance. Timing - for the best 5 hours, for the indefatigable 8 - 10 hours. Riders on the Mondelēz Monster will be required to start between 7am and 8am.
The Ironstone 20, Kenco 50, and Mondelez Monster routes will have full electronic chip timing.... so lets see what time you can do!
Riders who have completed the 100,50 and 20 mile routes will be entitled to a free burger.
• Mechanical support
• Medical support
• Free car park at start/finish venue
• Sweep vehicle for those who cannot complete the route
• Well-stocked feed stations
• Electronic chip timing
• Finishers medal
BBQ,drinks and childrens entertainment in castle grounds.
Full route maps and downloadable .gpx files for GPS devices can be found on the event website: