The Primary Pedal is a bike ride of 20, 40 or 60 miles through the North Wessex Downs AONB on very quiet lanes. The 20-mile route isn't that hilly, the 40-mile route is quite hilly and the 60-mile route is as hilly as is possible without building some extra hills.
The 40- and 60-mile routes pass through Hampshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire, going over the highest point in
South-East England - Walbury Hill.
The Primary Pedal starts and finishes in the easily-accessed country town of Whitchurch, just south of Newbury.
The images above are taken on the routes, but don't do it justice if we do say so ourselves. The vast majority of the routes are on single-lane country roads bordered by hedgerows and fields. There's only 1 mile of minor A-road on the 60-mile route,
and that's downhill or flat.
The entry fee is just £15. The funds raised through entry fees and sponsorship will go to the registered charity FOWPS - Friends Of Whitchurch Primary School, partly to fund cycle training and events for primary school children, and also to the charity supporting the children of Testbourne School, and their trip to Mityana, Uganda.
You can read about the 2014 event here:
The 2015 event was a carbon copy of 2014. Most importantly, here's the summary of feedback from nearly half the participants (we think the numbers speak for themselves): 2014 FEEDBACK
Sunday May 7th 2017
8am - 3pm
Starting from Whitchurch Primary School
McFauld Way, Whitchurch Hampshire RG28 7LS
20 miles with 420m of climbing, suitable for novice cyclists
Halfway stop at the White Hart pub in Stoke for Cake,
or you can break or end your ride there with lunch/drinks
40 miles with 1066m of climbing, suitable for more experienced cyclists
Halfway stop at the Vernham Dean Village Hall
60 miles with 1700m of climbing, suitable for experienced cyclists
Halfway stop at the Vernham Dean Village hall
60-mile route: 8 - 9am
40-mile route: 9 - 10am
20-mile route: 10 - 11am
All participants are expected to return by 3pm
Excellent signage at each intersection
Marshals at regular intervals
- all you can eat
A printed routemap or GPS files to use on your phone/bike computer
Very quiet roads
Picnic area at the School
There will be onsite and in-ride tech support, as well as last-minute product purchases and energy products.
Parking will be on the school field off McFauld Way, Whitchurch.
You will register at the school and receive your printed A5-size event number, which you will attach to your handlebars with zipties. Our friendly assistants will show you how to do this. It's a keepsake of the event, we don't need it back.
Riders will be started in small groups at regular intervals, cycling from the school through the centre of Whitchurch and out into the countryside to the northwest. There will be no timing as this is not a race.
The three routes will be signposted with A4-size arrows, intersections clearly marked before and after each turn. Marshals will be located at key intersections to assist and direct, but they cannot direct or stop traffic. The 40- and 60-mile routes involve crossing the A343 twice, the 60-mile route includes cycling along the A343 for a mile. Apart from that, it's single-lane rural access roads. No part of the course will be closed to traffic, road rules must be adhered to by all participants. Along the route will be 5-mile markers.
At the halfway stops Cake and other suitable comestibles like flapjack and the like will be provided free to participants, along with water and toilets. Some mechanical assistance will be present in the event of need, but no promise is made regarding repairs or availability of spares. All participants should plan to be self-sufficient mechanically, carry spare tubes, pump etc.
On the 20-mile route there is the option to stop for lunch from 12 noon - families cycling with smaller children might want to end their ride there after 10 miles. The White Hart does good pub food freshly prepared. If you plan to stop for a cooked lunch a booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
Contact them on 01264 738830 to book.
SO HOW HILLY IS HILLY?
This is the altitude graph for the 60-mile route.
From Whitchurch at 80m ASL you'll climb over the 250m contour line five times in all, including the fearsome West Woodhay Down (1 in 4) and Combe Gibbet, listed in the book '100 Greatest Cycling Climbs'. The 40-mile route cuts out the 4th, 5th and 6th climbs.
The 20-mile ride features much shorter hills that anyone on a geared bike should be able to tackle.
The entry fee is £15.
Children under 16 are free to enter.
Energy drinks and bars/gels will be on sale before the race.
We will also have BBQ food and drinks for sale at the school for when people return from the race - all of which will be raising further funds for our two charities:
FOWPS - Friends of Whitchurch Primary School and The Mityana Projects Trust.
Local bike servicing business Test Valley Cycles (www.testvalleycycles.co.uk) has a special offer for Primary Pedal riders; enter the Primary Pedal, book a service of any value and they will donate £5 to the Primary Pedal charities. Free safety checks will be offered before the ride at the Town Hall, stay tuned for dates and times...
Entry is online, with payment via PayPal (PayPal, debit or credit card) or by internet banking.
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