Bucks Off Road Sportive - a brief history

The Bucks Classic started off 21 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 and he will again be at the helm this year when we will be having 3 rides over the following distances, of 40 KM, 80 km and 120KM so that there is a ride to suit everyone and we look forward to seeing you on the 12th May.

Bucks Sportives

This website is the home of the Bucks Of Road Sportive (BORS) the Bucks Road Sportive (BRS) and new for 2019 the Bucks Cross 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.

Bucks Off Road Sportive - UPDATE

After the success of the recent Bucks Road Sportive which was blessed with good weather on the rearranged date in April we are now turning our attention to the clubs flagship event the Bucks Off Road Sportive, the 21st year we will be promoting it.

Our route guru Wayne Cook has been out there finding some lovely tracks for all of us to ride despite the best efforts of HS2 who have caused a number of our favourite bridleways to be closed.

This year the distances will be 35km, 70 kms and the big one 100 kms, there will be at least one free feed station for the longer routes and for those a little more relaxed plenty of nice country pubs dotted along the route where refreshments can be taken, there will also be a sag wagon available at the end of the day to mop up anyone suffering from Major mechanicals.

For those who entered in 2020 which had to be cancelled due to COVID you will automatically be entered for this event

As always those who have pre-entered our events will be sent a gpx link to the routes 3 days prior to the event date and the routes will also be marked.

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

In the event of restrictions still being in place due to COVID which prevent the running of the event , entrants will have a choice of a refund or to transfer their entry to a future event .

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 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

Hope to see everyone soon!

Any Q’S chris@westdraytonmbc.co.uk

Yours in sport

Chris Denman