Bucks Off Road Sportive - a brief history

The Bucks Classic started off 22 years ago when, after members of the West Drayton Mountain Bike Club had taken part in the Hell of the North Cotswolds for a few years the club and they felt that there was a call for a similar event nearer to London.

As the event was going to be in the County of Buckinghamshire it was decided the event was going to be called the Bucks Classic, and was renamed in 2009 to the Bucks Off-Road Sportive. Although based on the Hell of the North the club wanted to improve on the HONC (as the event is popularly known) and the main problem club riders had with the HONC was the lack of directions arrows and the lack of singe track so that was the main priorities to find some more challenging trails and to mark the whole route, no mean feat when you go along over 100 km of twisting bridleways and small lanes.

The event which is a mixture of stunning single track bridleways, byways and some quiet country lanes started off with one route of 30 km, which then rose to 40km, and then with the input of top route designer Steve Keating 100 km with two shorter versions of 70 kms and 30 kms. The event has grown over the years and moved its headquarters from the Denham Country Park to the near-by Martin Baker social club and now the Chiltern Sports and Social club which allows riders to shower and make use of a fully licensed bar as well as a cheap supply of refreshments.

The 10th anniversary event featured an even harder route as the full distance rose to 121 km which made the event one of the hardest off-road sportives, on the calendar. However, the club wants to encompass all standards so there were some shorter distances to choose from.

In 2008 the bar was raised further with the long distance raised to 132 km and then in 2015 150km., 2015 saw the organisation team change slightly with Wayne Cook aka “Q” taking the reins as route maestro, a job he has continued with enthusiasm until present time.

The Dreaded COVID meant there was a sabbatical in 2020 but we were back in 2021 when 3 route distances were on offer and some great tracks were found desite the large scale disruptions of some of the popular tracks by the ngoing constrution of HS2

Plans for 2022 are not yet set in stone for the off road sportives so watch this space for updates.

Bucks Sportives

This website is the home of the Bucks Sportive, the BORS the Bucks Off Road Sportive, the BRS the Bucks Road Sportive and the Bucks CX/Gravel sportive.

To get full details of the individual events just click on Road for the Bucks Road Sportive and Off Road for the off road sportive.

Our last event was the Bucks Off Road Sportive which was back after a years sabbatical due to COVID , the event was a success with our route maestro Wayne Cook once again coming up with some great routes, we had a good turn out and as a bonus a donation from the profits was made to the British Heart Foundation, a very worth while cause.

The next event on the calendar is our Bucks Road Sportive, the 13th year of running the event, not quite as many years as the Off Road Sportive of which there have been 21 editions but still a very well established event.

The date for this years road event is Sunday 24th April with the HQ being once again at the Chiltern Sports and Social Club, Maple Lodge Close, Rickmansworth.

For the road event in April we will have 3 distances to challenge you, 70km, 100km and for those either looking fir a greater challenge or perhaps extra training for the Ride London which is just over a month later a new longer distance of 120 kms

In respect of the Bucks Off Road Sportive and the Bucks Gravel/CX sportive we are hopeful that we can announce concrete plans on these events soon as we know people like planning their event calendars early. As those who are local know the dreaded HS2 has had a major impact on a number of the bridleways we have used in the past for those events.

Obviously COVID is still very much in peoples minds and although we are very confident that the events this year will not be affected by COVID restrictions, in the event of this changing than firstly we will seek an alternative date for the event to be run or if this is not possible refunding riders *

Under 18’s are allowed to ride the events but only if riding with a responsible adult.

The HQ is the Chiltern Sports and Social Club , Maple Lodge, Rickmansworth.The HQ does have a licensed bar , parking is available at the HQ . As well as toilet and changing facilities.

Get those entries for our road event in soon by entering via British Cycling here

Anyone looking to join an active cycling club that takes part in all events-road/Cyclo Cross/Gravel/TTs and Mountain biking both locally and further afield then why not drop us a line.

Hope to see you all soon


Chris Denman

Any Q’S chris@westdraytonmbc.co.uk

Yours in sport

Chris Denman