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Savernake Sizzler Cycling Challenge 2017

Sunday July 16th

The event base is situated in the village of Milton Lilbourne in the Vale of Pewsey. Our routes run through the beautiful Savernake Forest and Marlborough Downs, passing idyllic hamlets and villages, taking in the best countryside Wiltshire has to offer.

With a fantastic mixture of demanding hills, quiet winding lanes and straight fast sections, you can be sure whichever distance you choose, you'll have the ride of your life.

Choose your distance depending on your ability - and bravery!


Start Location:
Milton Lilbourne Village Hall,
The Street,
Milton Lilbourne,

Follow signs to the car park - just past the hall
on the Left.

Start Times:

Registration opens at 8.00am

Well Done/Burnt 8.30am – 9.30am

Medium/Rare 9.00am - 10am

What's included:

  • Feed Stations

  • Mechanical support
  • Fully signed route
  • Event village
  • Event photography
  • Finishers Medal

Add to the comradery and fun - get a few friends to join in on the challenge, teams of 6 or more can do any of our routes for the cheapest price of £14!

How do you like your ride? Online On The Day
Well Done/Burnt
- 93m/110m
£18 £20
- 56m
£16 £18
- 32m
£14 £16
Friends and family are welcome to greet you at the finish. We have a playground for kids, Ice Cream, Cake and Hot Food for sale. Email us if you would like some suggestions on the best spots for spectators on route.
This year our sponsored charity is Swindon's
Children's Cancer And Leukaemia Movement

Ride for more than yourself...

We'll cover the cost of entry for any rider who raises £100 or more for their chosen charity. And if that wasn't enough, anyone who raises £10 or more gets put into our prize draw to win some cycling goodies. Enter online as usual and email us once you've hit your target. Happy fundraising!

Not sure which charity to choose? Check out CALM children's charity - volunteer run and local!

As always our 'home-made treats' stand will be raising vital funds for our sponsored charity, so together we can really make a difference!


All routes follow tarmac roads suitable for road bikes but care will need to be taken on the narrower lanes and the occasional pothole will need to be avoided. Riding of the Grand Avenue is an option on all routes. It's the longest tree-lined avenue in the country but although beauutiful the rough road will be a little harsh on skinny wheels.

Rare - 32 Miles (51km)

Elevation Gain -
We emerge from the small winding country lanes of Wootton Rivers to one of our favourite stretches - Savernake Road; boasting lovely views and a romantic ancient feel. From here we'll have the option of turning left and taking on the famous Grand Avenue (if you think your tyres can handle a little rough terrain). Both directions lead to a brief straight section of the A4, before joining the smaller country lanes again. Riding through picturesque hamlets and villages we cross over the River Kennet and ride along sections of the National Cycle Network (routes 4 and 254). Heading to Froxfield, we'll find our first real killer of a hill – steep and bendy with some fantastic views. Then it's following the Avon and Kennet canal down to Great Bedwyn, joining back up to Savanake Road for the return trip back to Milton Lilbourne.

Strava: Here

GPX: Here

Medium - 56 miles (90km)

Elevation Gain -
The Medium Route follows the same roads as our Rare Route, only instead of heading home to Milton Lilbourne, you turn off at Clench for an extra little something...
There's more beautiful scenery in-store as we follow country lanes round West Woods and up to Lockeridge, riding sections of National Cycle Route 45. We tackle Martinsell Hill on the way, as well as Milk Hill – the recently confirmed highest point in Wiltshire. We pass Alton Barnes White Horse and cross the river Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal. We'll gain some good height with some gruelling hills but there's plenty of gorgeous scenery along the way to keep your mind off your tiring legs!

Strava: Here

GPX: Here

Well Done - 93 Miles (150km)

Elevation Gain -
On the Well Done route you'll get to experience most of the pleasures of the Medium route but also get to incorporate some extra gems as well. This route is definitely what you would call 'epic' and as you can see from the topography – it's not for the faint hearted! Saying that, there's still plenty of flat fast sections and descents to give you a break – and some exhilaration too! Pewsey Hill awaits you, giving you stunning views of the Vale of Pewsey and it's White Horse. You'll also greet more sections of the Avon river and the Kennet and Avon Canal on your journey and pass some interestingly named sites along the way; there's The Long Ho, Cuckoos Knob and Rainbow Bottom...

On the day there will be the option of a 13mile shortcut, missing out the loop to Upavon/Netheravon at about 60miles into the ride. This is a good option to bear in mind if you feel the Medium route is a little short but are not sure you can make the whole 93 miles of the Well Done route.

Strava: Here

GPX: Here

Burnt To A Crisp - 110 Miles (177km)

Elevation Gain - 6,977ft
We've added an optional extra 17 miles on to our "Well Done" route. Anyone doing our "Well Done" route can choose to do the extra 17 miles on the day at no extra cost. It's not an easy route, with challenges of it's own, just take a look at the elevation gain!

Strava: Here

GPX: Here

Attention: Some of the lanes are narrow in places and, although the routes have been chosen with care, you will still have to navigate around the occasional pothole and rough road surface. Distances are approximate and routes may be subject to last minute changes.
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