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London
great gravel escape

2022 DATE COMING SOON

Take the packing out of bike-packing with this two day gravel adventure.

Cruise from the iconic Thames and escape the urban jungle through a historic, tranquil canal network, once the beating heart of the Capital. As the London skyline becomes a spec in the distance industrial architecture and urban graffiti are replaced by woodland paths, quiet country lanes, open fields and bridal paths.

We’ve joined forces with our friends at Wild Cycles to take packing out of bike packing, so arrive to find your pre-pitched tent and enjoy a well deserved beer before a delicious, locally sourced 3 course meal around the camp fire.  

After sleeping in the shadow of the Ridgeway you’ve got a more technical day’s riding exploring the hidden off-road gems along the paths, trails and single track of the Chilterns. 

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147KM

Total Distance

1080M

Total elevation

2

Num. days

GRAVEL

Terrain

3

Fitness*

2

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 being an expert.

146KM

Total Distance

1150M

Total elevation

2

Num. days

GRAVEL

Terrain

3

Fitness*

2

Experience*

*This is based on 1 being a beginner and 5 benig an expert.

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ROUTE

Richmond Park>  Wendover  

 
Cruise along the Thames as we head from Richmond Park to Kew before picking up the Grand Union Canal and weave our way out of the city on peaceful canal-side paths. Prepare to lose your London bearings completely and be amazed by spectacular views as industrial surroundings gradually turn into leafy trails, country lanes and open fields. 
 
GPX files of the route will be shared with registered riders.

Wendover > Tring

Cut across fields to the spectacular National Trust Ashridge Estate and head to Ivinghoe Beacon with its Instagram-able 360 views of the Chilterns. You’ll then drop down to the Grand Union Canal towpath and picturesque narrow boats, Tring Reservoirs and bird sanctuary before heading into Wendover Woods before lunch at Musette Cafe and a short roll to Tring station.

GPX files of the route will be shared with registered riders.

PRICES & PACKAGES

INDIVIDUAL RIDER

£250 per rider

Single bed in a private pod 

  • Individual rider entry
  • 1 x night camping 
  • Bedding
  • Snacks and beer on arrival at campsite
  • 3 x course dinner around camp fire
  • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday 
  • 2 x days gravel riding supported by Hotchillee Ride Captains 
  • GPX files
  • Light mechanical support
  • Baggage transfers

Not included:

  • Alcohol or soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Saturday lunch
  • Bike hire
  • Towels

Standard twin

£500 (£250 per rider)

Two riders in single beds sharing a 2-person tent 

  • 2 x event entries
  • 1 x night camping 
  • Bedding
  • Snacks and beer on arrival at campsite
  • 3 x course dinner around camp fire
  • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday 
  • 2 x days gravel riding supported by Hotchillee Ride Captains 
  • GPX files
  • Light mechanical support
  • Baggage transfers

Not included:

  • Alcohol or soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Saturday lunch
  • Bike hire
  • Towels

Luxury twin

£600 (£300 per rider)

Two riders glamping in a luxury bell tent. Double / Twin bed available 

  • 2 x event entries
  • 1 x night camping 
  • Bedding
  • Snacks and beer on arrival at campsite
  • 3 x course dinner around camp fire
  • Breakfast and lunch on Sunday 
  • 2 x days gravel riding supported by Hotchillee Ride Captains 
  • GPX files
  • Light mechanical support
  • Baggage transfers

     

Not included:

  • Alcohol or soft drinks
  • Insurance
  • Saturday lunch
  • Bike hire
  • Towels

ITINERARY

Distance: 89km
Elevation: 540m

07:00 Meet in Rohampton Gate car park, Richmond Park. Backpacks loaded on support vehicles. Riders with booked Wahoo Roams to collect devices. 

08:00 – 08:15 Ride departs in small groups

15:00 – 16:00 Riders arrive at campsite, snacks and welcome beer thanks to Stohk

18:00 Dinner around campfire

Distance: 57km
Elevation: 610m

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast at campsite

09:30 Rider backpacks loaded in support vehicles / ride starts

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch Musette Cafe, riders departing here can collect backpacks. All Wahoo Roams to be returned. 

14:00 – 15:00 Riders returning by train can roll to Tring station where backpacks are waiting.

ACCOMMODATION

INDIVIDUAL RIDER

These pods are for individual riders. Includes camp bed and bedding.

STANDARD TWIN

3m tent for riders entering as a Standard Twin entry. Includes camp beds and bedding.



LUXURY TWIN

 

 

A luxury bell tent for riders entering as a Luxury Twin. Includes double bed with memory foam mattress, bedding, tasteful chandelier lighting, hurricane lanterns, bedside table and mirror. A futon can be added to make this a twin option.

FAQs

No, you will need to upload the route to your navigation device before the event. 

Yes! If you do not have a device you can hire a Wahoo Elemnt Roam on registration (available on a first come first served basis).

Riders with GPS navigation units will be able to download the route ahead of time. There will be Hotchillee Ride Captains on the course available to offer a helping hand, or contact the event organisers if there are any issues. 

You will need to be self-sufficient for large sections of the ride and each rider will need to carry spares and tools necessary to deal with punctures and mechanicals.

We will have a support vehicle on hand for riders who need to be collected, however there is no dedicated broom wagon as much of the route is not drivable by vehicle.

Day 1 is largely on canal paths. These are used by walkers and there maybe areas where it is busy. It is essential that you ride at a sensible speed as to not endanger yourself of others using the canal path. There’s no official speed limit, but you shouldn’t expect to do more than 12mph (19kph) and in urban or other busy areas it might be much less. Be patient and don’t expect people to step aside for you. We strongly recommend you fit a bell to your bicycle. A big smile and a thank you to your fellow canal path users is always a winner!

You must be 18 years or older on 30 July 2021 to enter.


The event is not technical. A good level of fitness is recommended. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.

We will meet in Rohampton Gate car park in Richmond Park. You can be dropped at the park by a vehicle or ride to the start with you luggage on your back. You can not park for the duration of the event in Richmond Park. 

We’d recommend a gravel/ adventure bike. Hotchillee Ride Captains will be riding the Specialized Diverge.

You can also join us on a Mountain Bike if you would prefer.

Yes! We recommend that all riders have public liability insurance ie British Cycling membership.

No, this is all about the escape.

Hotchillee Ride Captains will be on the route to help with light mechanicals, but much of it is not accessible by vehicle. There will be light mechanical support at the end of each day.

Each rider can bring one back pack. All bedding and clothing must be inside the bag. If you are bringing a sleeping bag it must be securely attached to your backpack.

No, the days are not particularly long. We will be suggesting places where you can stop for water.

There will be a van that is on hand to collect any riders with mechanical issues that can not be fixed on the road. Or need collecting for any other reasons. 

If Hotchillee cancels the event for any reason not listed in the conditions of sale, your entry fee is fully refundable.
If the event is postponed due to COVID-19, your entry will automatically be transferred to the new date. If you can’t make the new dates, you’ll receive a credit to use against any other Hotchillee multi-day or single day event. The credit expires on 1 July 2022. If you have not used the credit by the expiry date, you’ll receive a refund equal to the original booking amount.

If for any reason you need to cancel your entry there are several options available: 

  1. You are able to nominate a substitute rider for your entry (up to 30 days before the event start date).
  2. You may defer your entry as a credit towards another HotChillee event in the same or following calendar year (up to 12 weeks before the event start date).
  3. You are entitled to the following refund on your entry:
  • 17 Weeks + before the Event start date: 66% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 13-16 weeks before the Event start date: 33% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • 0-12 weeks before the Event start date: 0% refund of the full entry fee paid including any extra services and upgrades
  • If you are not able to travel due to COVID-19 click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

To cancel your entry, please contact [email protected]

If you are not able to travel due to COVID-19 click here for our COVID-19 Guarantee 

SPEAK TO OUR TEAM

If you have any questions or just need some advice why not book a call with one of our team members.

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