Established four years ago, the Summit 65 is among the best loved off-road sportives in the south of England. New for 2016 is a partnership with the Chiltern Cycling Festival
and a new level of professionalism including chip timing. The event moves to a stately home start/finish location at Penn House
in the heart of the Chiltern Hills and will include the famous fast single-track of the Summit MTB
race course at Lotts Wood.
In the 2015 the main route will be 65 kilometres long with a shorter 30k option and is intended for mountain bikes, although cyclo cross bikes are also welcome to enter. We will start riders from Penn House between 09.30-10.00 for the 65k route and 10.00-10.30 for the 30k option. All riders must return to Penn House
by 17.00 at the latest.
The 65k route is a challenging endurance event aimed at experienced off road riders, whilst the 30k option is geared for social riders and those under 16 riding with a parent/guardian. New in 2015 is a three-rider (minimum) team event, aimed at clubs and groups of riders competing for the Team Trophy. The time of the third nominated rider to cross the line having completed the full 65k course will score for each team to encourage tactics and teamwork.
With two fantastic routes, the Summit 65 is the best way to explore the finest single-track in the central Chilterns, which is notorious for being difficult to navigate. All routes are way-marked with over 75% off road, and you will receive a route map and GPX route file. They’ll be a route control point at the Lotts Wood MTB race course and a feed station in Wendover Woods.
Additionally the 19 sections of the Summit65 km and 30 km courses are registered segments on
. So if you use Strava
, or plan to, you can see how you did in each section and have a permanent record of your ride. Strava
can bring out the competitive side of us, we remind you that the Summit65 is a sportive not a race.
The first 25 riders home who have completed the full 65k course will receive a gold standard medal, whilst the winning team will receive a trophy.Summit MTB Go Ride
is also running an off-road multiple race event for young riders aged 6 -16 within the grounds of Penn House
run by qualified British Cycling
coaches in a safe, controlled and supportive environment. They’ll be a fun obstacle course time trial, short-course race and hill climb with prizes for the fastest boy and girl in each age category. There is no online entry for this children’s event as parents and children can come along and register on the day. All young riders should be using a mountain bike or a hybrid in good working order, fitted with gears and treaded tyres.
The Festival also has a competitive Hill Climb within the grounds of Penn House and if you want to have a go on your MTB after completing the Summit 65 make sure you enter via www.britishcycling.org.uk/events. With 40+ Vintage stalls, bike expo, farmers market, a VIP champagne area, gourmet food and drink the Summit 65 at the Chiltern Cycling Festival will be a great summer’s day out for everyone.