For those wanting a hilly challenge, we’ve packed as many hills into as short a route as possible. Starting with our good friend Ivinghoe Beacon, the route then turns towards Ringshall descending before climbing up the Nettledon Road. A short blast through Berkhamsted then sees the route turn up New Road towards the top of Tom’s Hill. A descent of Tom’s Hill leading to a left hand turn at the bottom to lead up past The Valiant Trooper. From there, progress is upwards again as the route heads towards Wiggington via Hemp Lane. Descending via the back roads of Tring the route finally goes out towards the Marsworth reservoirs and turns back towards the bottom of Castlemead and Pittstone roundabout.
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For those wishing to keep the ride slightly shorter, or with slightly less ascent, this route should suit. Following the other group up towards Ivinghoe, you’ll wave goodbye to your compadres as they turn left for the Beacon. Carrying straight on, you’ll turn left slightly later on towards Aldbury up the Stocks Road. Upon reaching Aldbury you’ll do a right, left shimmy by the pond to carry on towards the Valiant Trooper. Up the side of that and onto New Road. From there it’s up towards Wiggington via Hemp Lane. This route essentially flattens out as an overall profile from here though there’s an immediate descent from Wiggington down to the Wingrave Road on the outskirts of Tring. Down to the Marsworth reservoir and out towards Long Marston, the route then turns right towards Cheddington and finally makes another right before heading back to Pitstone.