The Lapierre White Roads Classic
The Lapierre White Roads Classic is a road-based sportive which also takes in 40km of white gravel and chalk roads on and around The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Choose the epic new 100-mile option or the original 100 km route.
Sunday 9 July 2017.
**A 100-mile route option will be added for the first time in 2017, to run in parallel with the original 100km (62-mile) distance. The full 100-mile route includes 18 white road sectors, making the White Roads Classic one of the toughest cycle events in Britain – as well as one the most aesthetically beautiful.**
Modelled on the epic European Classic Strade Bianche
The Lapierre White Roads Classic is an homage to the most beautiful professional bike race in the world: the Italian one-day Classic known as the Strade Bianche – a race held annually in the hills of Tuscany in early Spring. It features several old white gravel roads or ‘strade bianche’ or ‘sterrati‘, which are becoming as iconic as the cobbled roads of Roubaix and Flanders. The White Roads Classic also features white gravel and chalk roads (eighteen in total, ranging from 1300m to 5300m in length), all of which have been selected as suitable for road bikes. On a sunny day these roads are a brilliant white. The route is situated in the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, on and around the 8000-year- old chalk ‘Ridgeway’ – the oldest road in the country, on which there are several Neolithic and Iron Age sites. The event will have an Italian theme, with a variety of Italian foods, espresso, and a glass of prosecco for every finisher.
The original 100 km (62-mile) route skips sectors 8, 9 and 10, but is otherwise the same as the full 100-mile (160 km) route.
The White Roads Classic will be held on Sunday 9 July 2017, starting and finishing at the magnificent Basildon Park (National Trust). Entries are priced at £30. You can sign up using British Cycling’s online entry system – click on the red ‘ENTER’ button below. The event is promoted by Cycle Classics, who also organize the Tour of the Black Country, a Roubaix-inspired sportive, featuring 19 cobbled sectors and a velodrome finish and the Cheshire Cobbled Classic, which includes several steep cobbled climbs, including the infamous 45% Corkscrew.
White Gravel Sectors – 2017
|START (0 km)||Basildon Park (National Trust)|
|Sector 17 (km)||Streatley||2000m|
|Sector 16 (km)||Starveall||1300m|
|Sector 15 (km)||Roden Downs||5300m|
|Sector 14 (km)||East Ilsley||2000m|
|Sector 13 (km)||Tile Barn||3400m|
|Sector 12 (km)||Harwell Field||1900m|
|Sector 11 (km)||East Ginge||1300m|
|Sector 10 (km)||White Horse Hill||1600m|
|FEED 1 (km)||The Royal Oak, Bishopstone|
|Sector 9 (km)||Bishopstone||3800m|
|Sector 8 (km)||Upper Lambourn*||3400m|
|Sector 7 (km)||Letcombe Castle||2600m|
|FEED 2 (km)||Court Hill Centre, Wantage|
|Sector 6 (km)||Farnborough Down||1500m|
|Sector 5 (km)||East Ilsley North||2000m|
|Sector 4 (km)||Churn Road||2600m|
|Sector 3 (km)||Aldworth||1500m|
|Sector 2 (km)||Starveall North||1300m|
|Sector 1 (km)||Streatley East||2000m|
|FINISH (160km)||Basildon Park (National Trust)|
Cycling Weekly’s Insider’s Guide to the White Roads Classic
THE LAPIERRE CYCLE CLASSICS SERIES
Cheshire Cobbled Classic – White Roads Classic- Tour of the Black Country
(White Roads Classic footage begins at 01:37)
The 2000m Streatley sector above. Downhill at 5%. The last of the White Roads; only 5km remain at the end of this sector.
Flying pebbles and chalk dust above on the final White Road sector (2000m) at Streatley, where The Ridgeway drops down to the Thames.
2016 Cycling Weekly Insider’s Guide Photoshoot
Photos from the 2016 Lapierre White Roads Classic event
Photos from the 2015 Lapierre White Roads Classic event
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- Richard H.
- Andrew C.
- Leigh S.