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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 riding that will follow when the weather improves. In today’s world of sportives they are enjoyed by more than just competitive cyclists. 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.

Some of the following collectively form The Chiltern Classics.

Westerley Winter Warmer - 110km, 61 & 44km

  • HQ - Scout Hut, Chalfont St Giles
  • Date: 14th January
  • Book online.

Harp RC Harp Hilly Hundred - 100km & 55km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • Date: TBC

Hemel Hempstead CC - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Hemel Hempstead CC Clubroom, Nash Mills
  • Date: 10th March 2024
  • Entry via here

Finsbury Park CC Reliability Ride - 100km & 50km

  • HQ - Cricket Club, Potters Bar, EN6 1QE
  • Date: 17th March 2024
  • Entry on the day (More info)

Luton CC Reliability Ride - 108km & 44km

  • HQ - Memorial Hall, Edlesborough
  • Date: TBC

Verulam Reliability Ride - 111km and 64.5km

  • HQ - Parish Centre, Redbourn
  • Date: 18th February 2024
  • Book online

Berkhamsted CC - 107km and 61km

  • HQ - Church Farm Cafe, Aldbury.
  • Date: 17th March 2024
  • Book online