Cornfields

TOUR OF THE CORNFIELDS 2017 ENTRIES ARE NOW OPEN!

Sunday 3 September 2017. Wimpole Hall and 100km of off-road around S Cambs, Huntingdon, Beds and Herts. An OFFROAD ENDURANCE for the cyclocross rider on bridleways, byways and lanes with a great stop for tea and cakes. 50km option too.

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Tour of the Cornfields 2016 – A successful harvest safely home

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Bruce and Michael spent two days marking the course and pre-riding the off-road section to be sure it was all passable and safe. Saturday’s weather was awful at the end but Sunday stayed dry and a keen breeze helped harden the mud, but not before a few got bogged in the first section heading N to Kingston from Old Wimpole Road.

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Sign on and car parking all ran smoothly for the just over 200 riders taking part and soon all assembled for the start waves to go off from 09.06 to 09.22. Good humour and solidarity was the order of the day as riders made their way out of the Wimpole Estate and out on to the lanes, byways and bridleways of four counties for the 100km loop. Riders using GPS were soon finding many new friends for the ride as this proved once again the most reliable way to stay on route.

Michael made his way to the first 50 / 100 routes split at East Hatley to note that the signage had been removed. Time to replace this and already at 10.00 riders were starting to come through the 15km distance with smiles on their faces and positive comments about the way so far.

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Many more secteurs and road sections later, the riders came into the refreshments stop at Potton with delight at the roman road and the wooded section after the lumpy field climb. Teas, drinks and much cake was administered to restore those bodies. A second half of the tour brought a long road section S to help settle the stomach ready for a byway section (mind the mattress…) down to Ashwell where the long Drift secteur right over to Melbourn began. A steady tailwind probably helped progress as riders went on past Fowlmere to Thripwell onto The Drift which crosses the M11. N on lanes to Hauxton and then the secteur up farm road and across meadows by the River Cam. The final secteur known as ‘Dream Big’ proved tough with a cross/headwind on the looong grassy climb. Riders popped out at the top of Old Wimpole Road and on down to get their finish time just at the entry to Wimpole. Fastest time on the day was by James Watson at 4h13′, recorded by Bruce at 13.38. Arrivals peaked some time between 14.30 and 15.00.

The 50km riders enjoyed 15km of the full route before cutting SW at East Hatley and on to Wrestlingworth. S and E from Potton to Guilden Morden and back to Croydon up the ridge past the abandoned village. Their final secteur started N from Croydon church on the roadways of Manor Farm and through a long rooty bridleway section to the Ermine Way A1198 where they rejoined the full route returning to the finish in Old Wimpole Road.

Riders reported they enjoyed the lanes, tracks, byways and bridleways which gave them some wonderful views and great riding. Less wind and fewer bumpy bits next year please. Some fast rides at the pointy end and good company all way round. Apologies to anyone who got lost, but hey: It’s all Cornfields.

There’s a gallery on our facebook page

See you again next year! …and at Beastway in the meantime.

Here are the riders’ times after a short testimonial from a rider who took part;-

“Just a quick note to say what an enjoyable (apart from the last hill/headwind!) day yesterday was. It felt quite different from last year – I’m not sure if that was due to the route or the weather. It’s so refreshing, given the current slew of identikit sportives, to have an event that harks back to a more enjoyable, less corporate age. With great tea and cakes.  

It wouldn’t happen without a lot of time invested by a lot of people, so just wanted to pass on my sincere thanks!”

100km Tour of the Cornfields

No. Forename Surname Club / Team Name Cat Gender Start Time Finish Time Ride Time
167 James Watson M 09:25:00 13:38:00 04:13:00
188 Matthew Laws Dulwich Paragon M 09:14:00 13:31:00 04:17:00
010 Timothy Bailey North Bucks RC M 09:10:00 13:27:00 04:17:00
140 Greg Simcock Team Corley Cycles M 09:10:00 13:27:00 04:17:00
141 Katy Simcock Team Corley Cycles F 09:10:00 13:27:00 04:17:00
049 Leo Falkner St Ives CC M 09:22:00 13:47:00 04:25:00
126 Fran Rizzuti M 09:14:00 13:40:00 04:26:00
033 Pete Crossley M 09:16:00 13:50:00 04:34:00
183 Vincent Friedlander Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 13:41:00 04:35:00
110 Andrew Newman London Phoenix CC M 09:14:00 13:50:00 04:36:00
032 Chris Cornish M 09:16:00 13:53:00 04:37:00
005 Isaac Anstee Bedfordshire Road Cycling Club M 09:16:00 13:56:00 04:40:00
114 David Olney Pedalworks Performance Team M 09:16:00 13:57:00 04:41:00
046 Chris English Southend Wheelers M 09:18:00 13:59:00 04:41:00
098 Keith Luetchford M 09:08:00 13:50:00 04:42:00
069 Lee Hill Newmarket Cycling&Triathlon Club M 09:08:00 13:52:00 04:44:00
030 Geoff Cooper M 09:16:00 14:01:00 04:45:00
020 Kurt Broad Revel Outdoors M 09:26:00 14:12:00 04:46:00
127 James Robertson Welwyn Wheelers CC M 09:08:00 13:54:00 04:46:00
053 Andrew Garvie VC Revolution M 09:12:00 13:59:00 04:47:00
062 David Hadsley Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 13:54:00 04:48:00
124 Jeremy Prodger Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 13:54:00 04:48:00
119 Tim Phillips M 09:08:00 13:56:00 04:48:00
037 Ian Darnell Cambridge CC M 09:12:00 14:01:00 04:49:00
178 Jeff Woods Athlonsport M 09:12:00 14:02:00 04:50:00
179 Steve Woods Cambridge CC M 09:12:00 14:02:00 04:50:00
154 Graham Steven Cambridge Triathlon Club M 09:12:00 14:02:00 04:50:00
025 Justin Chase M 09:12:00 14:02:00 04:50:00
176 sara willhoit F 09:12:00 14:02:00 04:50:00
132 Gavin Rumbles CC Luton M 09:06:00 13:57:00 04:51:00
050 Noah Field Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 13:57:00 04:51:00
151 Dave Spragg Kingston Wheelers CC M 09:08:00 13:59:00 04:51:00
120 Vincent Plosky M 09:08:00 13:59:00 04:51:00
063 Joseph Halloran Cambridge CC M 09:10:00 14:02:00 04:52:00
184 Rob Selby M 09:16:00 14:09:00 04:53:00
128 Andrew Robertson Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 13:59:00 04:53:00
045 Mark Endersby M 09:06:00 13:59:00 04:53:00
038 Stephen Davidson M 09:08:00 14:02:00 04:54:00
137    Holly    Seear    700CC        F    09:08:00 14:02:00 04:54:00
015 Gavin Bench Verulam CC M 09:12:00 14:07:00 04:55:00
173 Andy Whitaker Verulam CC M 09:12:00 14:07:00 04:55:00
093 Steve Lightfoot Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 14:01:00 04:55:00
094 Adam Lightfoot Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 14:01:00 04:55:00
001 Mark Wyer Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 14:01:00 04:55:00
079 Malcolm Jacklin Fenland Clarion CC M 09:14:00 14:12:00 04:58:00
113 Lynda Olney Pedalworks Performance Team F 09:16:00 14:17:00 05:01:00
006 Mark Anstee Pedalworks Performance Team M 09:16:00 14:18:00 05:02:00
157 Tony Summers Chelmer CC M 09:12:00 14:16:00 05:04:00
044 Simon Edwards M 09:12:00 14:19:00 05:07:00
090 Richard Lawrence Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 14:13:00 05:07:00
012 Matthew Barnes Velo Schils – Interbike RT M 09:08:00 14:16:00 05:08:00
088 russ ladkin M 09:22:00 14:33:00 05:11:00
095 Tom Lloyd Cycling Club Hackney M 09:14:00 14:27:00 05:13:00
065 Alan Headland Watton Wheelers M 09:16:00 14:29:00 05:13:00
147 edward smith M 09:18:00 14:31:00 05:13:00
148 Helen Smith F 09:18:00 14:31:00 05:13:00
017 Tony Berlin M 09:14:00 14:29:00 05:15:00
051 Peter Flynn M 09:14:00 14:29:00 05:15:00
155 Peter Stewart M 09:12:00 14:30:00 05:18:00
172 Terry Whalley Ford Cycling Club M 09:12:00 14:31:00 05:19:00
149 Yeshpaul Soor Lea Valley CC M 09:12:00 14:31:00 05:19:00
145 Gary Smith Lee Valley Velo M 09:12:00 14:31:00 05:19:00
019 Neil Bradley Maldon & District CC M 09:12:00 14:31:00 05:19:00
086 Daniel King M 09:12:00 14:31:00 05:19:00
016 Chris Seymour M 09:22:00 14:41:00 05:19:00
139 Christopher Seymour M 09:22:00 14:41:00 05:19:00
047 Paul Evans St Ives CC M 09:16:00 14:36:00 05:20:00
077 Slavik Ivantsiv St Ives CC M 09:16:00 14:36:00 05:20:00
075 Alan Humes St.ives cc M 09:16:00 14:36:00 05:20:00
014 Alan Bates M 09:10:00 14:32:00 05:22:00
169 Peter Webb M 09:10:00 14:32:00 05:22:00
018 Robert Boult Scottish MTB Leaders Association M 09:22:00 14:44:00 05:22:00
081 Neil Jago M 09:22:00 14:44:00 05:22:00
013 Anthony Bartlett Team Corridori M 09:10:00 14:33:00 05:23:00
056 Geraldine Glowinski VC Londres F 09:10:00 14:33:00 05:23:00
152 Richard Stagg M 09:06:00 14:35:00 05:29:00
181 Mike Clover St Ives CC M 09:16:00 14:45:00 05:29:00
089 Ian Lambert M 09:16:00 14:46:00 05:30:00
103 John McMahon M 09:22:00 14:52:00 05:30:00
129 Nigel Routledge M 09:08:00 14:41:00 05:33:00
008 Daniel Armstrong Ilkley Cycling Club M 09:14:00 14:48:00 05:34:00
039 Anthony Davies M 09:14:00 14:48:00 05:34:00
064 Martin Hawker M 09:20:00 14:57:00 05:37:00
123 Rob Powell M 09:20:00 14:57:00 05:37:00
134 Anthony Scarpa M 09:12:00 14:50:00 05:38:00
135 Sasha Scarpa F 09:12:00 14:50:00 05:38:00
166 Paul Warnes M 09:10:00 14:55:00 05:45:00
004 Christine Anstee Pedalworks Performance Team F 09:16:00 15:03:00 05:47:00
031 Alison Cooper Trisports F 09:16:00 15:03:00 05:47:00
160 David Tew M 09:18:00 15:07:00 05:49:00
108 Chris Mitchell Cycling Club Hackney M 09:08:00 15:00:00 05:52:00
007 Peter Archer Walden Velo M 09:18:00 15:17:00 05:59:00
076 Andrew Hutchinson Walden Velo M 09:18:00 15:17:00 05:59:00
092 vince legg Walden Velo M 09:18:00 15:17:00 05:59:00
122 Russell Powell Walden Velo M 09:18:00 15:17:00 05:59:00
061 Daniel Guise Walden Velo M 09:16:00 15:17:00 06:01:00
068 Martyn Higson Walden Velo M 09:18:00 15:19:00 06:01:00
117 Christina Pettit Walden Velo F 09:18:00 15:19:00 06:01:00
041 Stuart Donald Cambridge CC M 09:12:00 15:14:00 06:02:00
170 Chris Welford Cambridge CC M 09:12:00 15:14:00 06:02:00
048 Richard Evans M 09:12:00 15:15:00 06:03:00
042 Steve Durrant M 09:14:00 15:22:00 06:08:00
078 Will Izod M 09:14:00 15:22:00 06:08:00
100 Giacomo Maltman M 09:08:00 15:16:00 06:08:00
133 Francesca Scarampi F 09:08:00 15:16:00 06:08:00
180 peter Wright M 09:08:00 15:16:00 06:08:00
105 Jonny Mcquarrie Rapha Cycling Club M 09:16:00 15:26:00 06:10:00
104 Jenny McQuarrie F 09:16:00 15:26:00 06:10:00
111 Andrew Nunn Cycle Club Ashwell (CCA) M 09:06:00 15:17:00 06:11:00
040 David Dickson M 09:20:00 15:31:00 06:11:00
144 Tony Smith M 09:20:00 15:31:00 06:11:00
083 Peter Johnson M 09:14:00 15:32:00 06:18:00
003 Reniemark Agtang M 09:16:00 15:35:00 06:19:00
175 Chris Whitehead M 09:14:00 15:35:00 06:21:00
067 Pauline Henry M 09:14:00 15:40:00 06:26:00
130 Andrew Rowland M 09:14:00 15:40:00 06:26:00
171 Simon Welton M 09:14:00 15:40:00 06:26:00
158 Wojtek Swiatek M 09:14:00 15:41:00 06:27:00
002 Paul Abu-Rabie M 09:10:00 15:38:00 06:28:00
074 Adam Hughes M 09:10:00 15:38:00 06:28:00
022 andrew burnett M 09:10:00 15:40:00 06:30:00
029 James Collins M 09:08:00 15:38:00 06:30:00
055 Barry Giddings M 09:10:00 15:40:00 06:30:00
164 matthew walker M 09:08:00 15:38:00 06:30:00
052 Martin Gamage M 09:20:00 16:18:00 06:58:00
070 Jim Hodgkins M 09:20:00 16:18:00 06:58:00
125 Linus Rees M 09:22:00 16:22:00 07:00:00
131 Colin Rudge Haverhill Cycling Club M 09:20:00 16:22:00 07:02:00
091 Steven Laycock M 09:20:00 16:22:00 07:02:00
162 sam tiplady M 09:20:00 16:22:00 07:02:00
163 rorie Tiplady M 09:20:00 16:22:00 07:02:00
174 John White Walden Velo M 09:18:00 16:22:00 07:04:00
024 Alan Carter M 09:18:00 16:22:00 07:04:00
057 martin godwin Base Road Club M 09:14:00 16:19:00 07:05:00
058 Hugh Grainger Bigfoot CC M 09:14:00 16:19:00 07:05:00
165 Michael Ward Bigfoot CC M 09:14:00 16:19:00 07:05:00
159 Rod Taylor Hertfordshire Wheelers M 09:06:00 16:11:00 07:05:00
112 Geoff Oliver M 09:06:00 16:11:00 07:05:00

plus…. geoff messenger  john steele  Chris Stanley  Stephen Parry-Jones  George Smith  Abigael Seno  Kris Borbely  Dave Cann  Gary Holbham  Kevin Jennings  TAM PARRY  Paul Williams  Ian Brooks  Steve Mead  Jeremy Kong    Gareth Smith  Rupert Hoppenbrouwers  Neil Simpson
– sorry if we missed you, but we don’t have a finish time.

50km Tour of the Cornfields

No. Forename Surname Club / Team Name Cat Gender Start Time Finish Time Ride Time
168 Tom Watt M 09:12:00 12:08:00 02:56:00
028 James Coiley M 09:20:00 12:32:00 03:12:00
524 Nicola Feabes Williams WSW F 09:18:00 12:36:00 03:18:00
060 Adrian Grimwood West Suffolk Wheelers & Tri Club M 09:18:00 12:36:00 03:18:00
501 Florence Barnett Kings Lynn CC F 09:16:00 12:36:00 03:20:00
502 Bethany Barnett Kings Lynn CC F 09:16:00 12:36:00 03:20:00
503 Ray Barnett Kings Lynn CC M 09:16:00 12:36:00 03:20:00
109 Jon Moore West Suffolk Wheelers & Tri Club M 09:12:00 12:32:00 03:20:00
517 Peter Hall Colchester Rovers CC M 09:22:00 12:51:00 03:29:00
506 Sarah Bolton F 09:22:00 12:58:00 03:36:00
507 Paul Bolton Lee Valley Velo M 09:22:00 12:58:00 03:36:00
508 Eleanor Bolton Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club F 09:22:00 12:58:00 03:36:00
509 Max Bolton Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club M 09:22:00 12:58:00 03:36:00
516 Daniel Hall Colchester Rovers CC M 09:22:00 12:58:00 03:36:00
182 Mark Flashman ALG M 09:16:00 12:54:00 03:38:00
084 Aidan Kerrigan Lee Valley Youth Cycling Club M 09:10:00 12:53:00 03:43:00
085 Sean Kerrigan Lee Valley Velo M 09:10:00 12:54:00 03:44:00
054 M____ G___ M 09:10:00 12:58:00 03:48:00
523 Patricia Wiliams F 09:16:00 13:10:00 03:54:00
505 Kevin Beel M 09:22:00 13:31:00 04:09:00
510 Shaun Bowman M 09:22:00 14:50:00 05:28:00
521 Gina Summers F 09:22:00 14:50:00 05:28:00
027 Jon Clark M 09:20:00 15:05:00 05:45:00
511 Susan Burton 1066 Cycle Club F 09:22:00 15:23:00 06:01:00
520 David Newman 1066 Cycle Club M 09:22:00 15:23:00 06:01:00

plus…Matt Carter  Emma Emerton  Paul Emerton  Trevor Grimes  Myles Davies  Amanda Lee  Bob Thompson for whom we didn’t get a time.
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Before:

Tour of the Cornfields  SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER 2016

100km, with 50km option available. Both routes are highly scenic and very quiet.

This is where the worlds of MTB, cyclocross and gravel have been meeting since 2006. The Eastern League cyclocross season is nearly here and this is the ideal time to sort out your set up and get a better feel for this season’s mount. MTBers will enjoy wideopen views and some really great new sections of bridleway. Gravel riders – There are more sections of byway for this year’s edition of the Tour of the Cornfields. You could even bring a classic road bike if it takes 28mm tyres…? Or why not come on your fatbike? The first 45km will see you on tarmac for less than 12km and it’s definitely not all flat.

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Oh, and did we mention there will be cake? …tea?  Our refreshment stop comes half way round (this is not as simple as it sounds ) and we want you to enjoy the company of other riders, so stay a while.

When you get back to the National Trust’s Wimpole Hall there are full catering outlets including a kiosk that sells real beer! Your vehicle will have been parked safely, whilst your family could have also been on a great day out.

NT_logo    Things to see and do at National Trust’s Wimpole Estate

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Beastway first organised Tour of the Cornfields last year, when we produced a slightly different version of the route first started by Mark Wyer of BC Eastern Region and CC Ashwell (that’s him and his friends at the 2015 Cornfields in the pic). This year we have been on several recces to stretch out the route and lose a lot of tarmac. We found long sections of byway, including roman roads and ‘Drifts’ which run through the scenic rolling countryside between Cambridge, Royston and Biggleswade. Then we found the ways to get these dreamy sections all joined up into a 100km loop. It’s surprising how much countryside you will get through. If that’s a bit too much for you, we can get you to your tea and cake in 50km.

The authorities know we’re coming and they approve our style. We’re registered with British Cycling which is where you can enter for the amazingly low cost of £23. We keep numbers low. This is not just another marketing opportunity by an events company. We keep in touch with the sport and will be proud to support some young talent make its way into cyclocross events.

So there you have it. A great day out. Wonderful countryside from an off-road perspective. Prestigious start and finish venue with lots for the family to do. Organised by those at the core of grassroots cycle sport with support going out to generate more successful riders. Come on! Get your entry in now. Enter Tour of the Cornfields online