Tour de Ricky – 21 May 2022

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Are you ready for the Tour de Ricky?

Join a community of intrepid cyclists on 21 May 2022 riding 200, 100 or 50 km from Rickmansworth – it could be the start of something amazing.

Three rides – take your pick

200km

It’s about getting round in great company

We’ll head north on country roads from Rickmansworth up to Stony Stratford before looping south to the Thames at Benson. The triangle is closed by a run through the Chilterns via Marlow. Less than 2,000 metres of climbing.

One for people who love the Chilterns. The route takes us to Latimer, Ashley Green, Aldbury, Whipsnade and Mentmore before retuning via Aston Hill. A couple of hills to remember but you have up to seven hours to get around if you want to make a day of it.

100km

Check out the views

50km

Be part of the fun

A simple run out on quiet roads towards Prestwood and Great Missenden. Shoot around in two hours or take your time, have a cake and a natter – there’s up to four and a quarter hours if you’re not in a hurry.

Bikes at the start of an audax event

Audax cycling

A different type of cycling

The Tour de Ricky series of cycling events are audax rides – and audax cycling is different. You’re given a route and a set of control points to visit with a maximum and minimum time; there’s no racing or much posing.

Rides are self supported although if you see another rider in trouble it’s traditional to offer help. “Supporters” on the road are specifically banned (and will get you disqualified) although your friends and family are very welcome to join you at the finish for a cake and a beer!

So, it’s Just a great day out in great company in great country. And at the end you have great memories and perhaps a few new friends.

Woodoaks Farm – our HQ for the day

We’re being hosted on 21 May at the Soil Association’ s Woodoaks Farm in Maple Cross. It’s a community friendly venue close to great transport links and with an onsite cafe for that vial coffee before the off and a microbrewery for a celebratory tipple at the end.

The Tea Shack

If you haven’t discovered The Tea Shack yet you are in for a treat. They serve great coffee and handmade cakes that are every cyclist’s dream. They’ll be open to set you up for the day.

Creative Juices Brewing Company

There’s a beer awaiting you when you get back at the end of your ride. Trade tales of daring and dawdling over an award winning ale.

Getting to the start on 21 May

It’s just a short ride from Rickmansworth Station – parking is very limited so try to come by public transport if you can

Woodoaks Farm is at Denham Way, Rickmansworth, WD3 9XQ.

Rickmansworth station is just 22 minutes from London Marylebone on the Chiltern Line. It’s also served by the London Underground Metropolitan Line and there are links to Aylesbury and Watford.

Denham Station, with its links to Oxford and Birmingham is under four miles away.

It’s barely a mile from the Grand Junction Canal if you fancy sailing up from London or Birmingham! (but be sure to book your mooring as Tour de Ricky coincides with the Rickmansworth Canal Festival!).

If you’re coming from farther afield, there is very limited parking at the Farm which is close to Junction 17 of the M25.

Get involved

If you can’t ride or have other commitments you can join in the fun by volunteering. Even just an hour or so of your time could be invaluable and ensure the success of the day. We need marshalls at the start and controllers to greet our riders at Stony Stratford, Wendover Woods and Benson as well as welcome them back into the evening at Woodoaks Farm.

If you’re interested, email Liam, the organiser, using the contact form below.

Tour de Ricky 21 May 2022 – Brought to you by Willesden Cycling