Tour of the Cornfields 2019 Sunday 1 September
2019 ENTRIES NOW OPEN CLICK HERE (opens in new tab)
Our 100k off-road sportive is ideal for cross and gravel bikes. It’s the perfect loosener on the eve of the cyclocross season. Mountain bike riders like it too because it’s a grand day out with some interesting trail sections around.
From the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate, you head out into the beautiful countryside south and west of Cambridge just after harvest. Byways, bridleways and country lanes take you around field edges, ancient ways and hedged byways to one of the best cake stops ever, before bringing you back to the paddock in front of the stately Wimpole House. There’s a 50k option too; and did we mention the cakes?
Thanks to Bernie Verrills for this video of his day out in 2018. – See the cake?
Entry to the 2019 edition opens in mid April and will quickly sell out as we limit entries to only 300 riders to keep it special. You get to choose what small group you go with in our interval starts. The ride may not be easy but it is very sociable with minimal trail friction on a properly organised ride that’s approved by the Safety Action Groups of each county and based at a prestigious venue.
Your entry fee includes a properly risk-assessed and recce’d route which is minimally marked because we send out the route files in FIT, TCX and GPX format for your navigation device. We also do an image of the route, together with turn-by-turn instructions if you’re a bit less tech-minded. In general the vibe of the ride will carry you around, even if you are always getting lost.
And yes, you will also get lots of tea and cake at the stop, where there’s an enclosed paddock with a marshall on the gate to check you in and out. Plenty of drink and bananas to power your homeward 50k.
The event-devoted car parking at Wimpole is safe and free for NT members, or only £2 for the full use of all their facilities.
The ride is unsupported but it’s been carefully researched in advance to make this an enjoyable course that’s all pleasant to ride and – important, this – it won’t take you anywhere you shouldn’t go. Of course we have an emergency plan that we won’t enact if it’s just a puncture or your chain’s come off. We have been known to make a broken bike rescue and our first aid did fetch someone and take them to hospital (…wasn’t our fault) but don’t go thinking there’s a sag wagon or taxi service in case you overdid it at a country pub or three.
Main thing: Tour of the Cornfields a fun and social event that takes you on a very enjoyable route with great scenery.
Join our FB group https://www.facebook.com/groups/TourOfTheCornfields/ and then get your entry in just as soon as we tell you it’s open.
We rode the Tour of the Cornfields again on Sunday 2 September 2018. It was a glorious sunny day with a light breeze and 25degC summer heat. Salty kit and thirsty riders.
Here’s how long it took riders to get around. Apologies if we’ve missed you, or got you wrong. There are some we know took a shorter route home but we don’t have a 75 km category so these have been included in the 50 km timings. Riders who did not sign in and out at Potton only get 1 minute deducted, when they could have spent ages filling up on tea and cake without losing any time at all.
The routes have been sent to pre-entered riders on 31 August. There is some entry on the day, but please let us know you are coming by email to cornfields2016’at’btinternet.com. Entry on the day costs £30 for the 50km route and £35 for the 100km.
Navigation by GPS highly recommended!
Wimpole Estate is a wonderful place to be welcomed. Let’s keep it that way.
- Please have your £2 parking fee ready to hand to the National Trust manager on entry
- Please park where indicated. The entry is on the Left, not far inside the main gate.
- NO litter*, NO leafletting, NO trading, NO harm to livestock
- Please use the toilets we have paid to bring on-site
- Please ride with consideration for all other people inside the estate, especially on return
- Food and drink outlets are sadly not open before the start
- Full catering and services are open until 5pm
- The estate gates close at 6.30pm (everyone got back before 4.30 last year)
- There’s lots for all the family to do at Wimpole while you’re out riding
Wimpole Estate address: Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
*There are no litter bins at Wimpole. If you brought it, you can take it home. Banana and orange skins is litter that can harm livestock.
Wimpole Estate and the National Trust has given us the privilege of starting directly in front of the Mansion, just back from the first cattle grid. This is a great development we worked hard to achieve.
Sign on is by the start and it’s open from 8am. Please don’t arrive sooner than this as we won’t be ready for you.
The starts are made from 9am and MUST all be completed by 9.25. We’d like to have everybody ready before 9, but if you must be a late arrival please approach the start with caution as departing riders will be coming towards you.
It’s a little bit further between the car park and the start than before, so make sure you have everything with you on leaving your car when heading to sign-on which is by the start.
Riders are started in the groups of 25 at approximately one-minute intervals. This avoids congestion on the first sections of off-road and makes it easier for everyone. This is not a race, so don’t hassle.
Our start procedure is basic and it works. We gather you into groups of around 25 riders and collect your start number tags into an envelope with the start time noted on it. These are processed onto a finish time grid. – No start time; no timed finish.
Cyclo-Cross Youth Development Days – August 2018
Cyclo-Cross Coach Mark Wyer has teamed up with the Tour of the Cornfields/Beastway team to run two Cyclo-Cross Youth Development days once again this summer.
The sessions are designed for novices through to more experienced riders to improve their cyclo-cross skills ready for the new season. The sessions will cover all the key cyclo-cross skills including starting, cornering, mounting and dismounting, climbing and descending. Youth riders aged 7 – 16 from all regions are welcome.
Thanks to support from The Tour of the Cornfields/Beastway, we can offer the sessions for just £5 for the day (plus a booking fee).
The dates and venues are:
Thursday 23rd August at Welwyn Track: https://www.riderhq.com/events/80044/cyclo-cross-youth-development-day-0
Thursday 30th August at Maglia Rosso: https://www.riderhq.com/events/80045/cyclo-cross-youth-development-day
We use the steep and challenging banks around Welwyn Track for the first day. These are regularly used for winter training by the successful Welwyn Wheelers cyclo-cross team. Maglia Rosso is a destination bike shop and cafe near Bury St Edmunds with its own cyclo-cross circuit.
Tour of the Cornfields 2017 – A great day out
With the trails almost all dried out from a rather damp August your organisers had worked out a few changes to include more new sections. However a friendly contact from one of the local farms meant we felt it best to re-route away from their busy operations. That meant simply reversing the 2016 edition to go the other way round: No shame in that, it seemed because that meant our longest road section came with added tailwind bringing riders to the refreshments stop. The improved signage scheme was well received and the way our GPS files were delivered from the blog had worked much better than last year’s effort too.
The trails on the ground on GPS had all been carefully checked as we set out the course markings. – These things are always a work in progress so if you have any comments we’re here to listen. There is one constant:- We won’t knowingly give out the route to people who haven’t entered in advance and it’s likely we will be full for the 2018 edition.
There were some unlucky riders who punctured in a couple of sections where hedges had been trimmed on the day as farmers cleared up from harvest time. We still recommend slimed tubes or tubeless tyres if you must.
We’re also sorry if we missed you at the finish in the Arrington gate when a householder cut their grass – and our sprayed-on course marking with it – right where the 100 popped out of the last off-road section. We heard about that and got it fixed within about 30 minutes but if you ended up coming back in the car park entry we’re sorry about that.
Anyhow, here are the times. This wasn’t a race so we decided to order them in shortest to longest ride time order.
Queries, corrections, positive comment always welcome at cornfields2016’at’btinternet.com
We’ve already set the date for our 2018 edition. Sunday 2 September. See you then. Entry will still be limited to just 300 entrants and we get a lot of love for our low-key approach. We’ll try to get a whole new route sorted for you.
2017 entrants will receive a priority email when we get 2018 entries open, unless you notify us that you don’t want to know.
Tour of the Cornfields 2016 – A successful harvest safely home
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.