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What is a Reliability Ride?

Reliability rides provide late winter (Jan-Mar) training rides where the object is to provide base fitness in preparation for the more demanding race training that will follow when the weather improves. In today’s world of sportives they are enjoyed by more than just competitive cyclists. Time goals are set for the rides that entrants aim to better. Riders are self supporting and there are no organised stops en route. The rides are not races, you are riding on the open roads.

Traditionally, these events were held over 100 miles. Riders were required to state a completion time and to arrive at the check points and back at the HQ at their stated time. Failure resulted in no certificate. Today these rides are a less testing 100km and the time challange is no longer strictly imposed.

Winter Ride Winter Ride 2


Some of the following collectively form The Chiltern Classic Rides. For full information see here (not currently up-dated).

Local Reliability Rides include the following:

Westerley Winter Warmer - 108km & 44km

  • HQ - Scout Hut, Chalfont St Peter 
  • Date: 16th January
  • Book online.

Harp RC Harp Hilly Hundred - 100km & 55km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • Date: Cancelled
  • Book online.

Hemel Hempstead CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • Date: TBC
  • Book on the day

Willesden CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Community Centre, Chalfont St Peter 
  • Date: 5th Sept 2021 (TBC 2022)
  • Book online.

Finsbury Park CC Reliability Ride - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Cricket Club, Potters Bar
  • Date: 20th February
  • Book online.

Luton CC Reliability Ride - 108km & 44km

  • HQ - Memorial Hall, Edlesborough
  • Date: 27th February
  • Book online.

Verulam Reliability Ride - 120km and 75km

  • HQ - Parish Centre, Redbourn
  • Date: 6th March
  • Book online.

Berkhamsted CC - 107km and 61km

  • HQ - Musette Cafe, Aldbury.
  • Date: 13th March
  • Book online.