Given the current government guidelines regarding COVID-19, all 2021 Cycle Classics events will have to be postponed. If possible, events will be rescheduled for later this year. If medical advice indicates it is not safe to hold mass-participation cycle events this year, events will be rescheduled for 2022. All entries will remain valid for rescheduled events. If desired, entrants may use their entries for any future Cycle Classics event (Tour of the Black Country, Cheshire Cobbled Classic, Bournville Hilly Classic, White Roads Classic) either in 2021, 2022 or beyond. Updates will be posted on this website and on social media.

The White Roads Classic

The White Roads Classic is 78-mile (126km) road-based sportive which also takes in 33 km of white gravel and chalk roads on and around The Ridgeway in Oxfordshire; an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sunday 26 July 2020


Rider Information Pack 2019 WRC


Modelled on the epic European Classic Strade Bianche

The  Wilier 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 3900m 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.


Mark Cavendish rides alone along one of the many white gravel roads in Tuscany during the 2014 Strade Bianche race.

White Roads Classic Sportive

One of the many White Roads on The Ridgeway

The Tuscany-like landscape of the Ridgeway

The Tuscany-like landscape of the Ridgeway


The Wilier White Roads Classic will be held on Sunday 26 July 2020, starting and finishing at Streatley Farm, RG8 9PT. Entries are priced at £29. 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.

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White Gravel Sectors

START  (0 km) Streatley Farm RG8 9PT
Sector 14  (4 km) Streatley 2000m
Sector 13  (6 km) Starveall 1300m
Sector 12  (10km) Churn Road North 2600m
Sector 11  (13 km) East Ilsley 2000m
Sector 10  (20 km) Tile Barn 3400m
Sector 9  (24 km) Harwell Field  1900m
Sector 8  (32 km) East Ginge 1300m
WATER STOP 1  (40 km) Wantage Leisure Centre
Sector 7  (52 km) White Horse Hill 1600m
FEED  (59 km) The Royal Oak, Bishopstone
Sector 6  (62 km) Bishopstone 3900m
Sector 5  (85 km) Letcombe Castle 2600m
WATER STOP 2  (90 km) Wantage Leisure Centre
Sector 4  (96 km) Farnborough Down 1500m
Sector 3  (109km) East Ilsley North 2000m
Sector 2  (111 km) Churn Road 2600m
Sector 1  (118 km) Aldworth 1500m
FINISH   (126 km)  Streatley Farm

Route Map – Animated


Route Profile

Cycling Weekly’s Insider’s Guide to the White Roads Classic


CW Insider’s Guide WRC 2016 CW Insiders WRC Capture


Cheshire Cobbled Classic – White Roads Classic- Tour of the Black Country

(White Roads Classic footage begins at 01:37)

Cycling Weekly 2018 Preview of the White Roads Classic – “Corsa Bellissima”.


Basildon Park (National Trust). The 2014 Downton Abbey Christmas Special was filmed here.

Sign Post at the base of Dragon Hill

Road sign at the base of Dragon Hill, leading up to White Road sector 10 on The Ridgeway.

Dragon Hill, overlooking the Oxford plain.

Dragon Hill, overlooking the Oxford plain. The approach to White Road sector 10 (1600m) on The Ridgeway.

White Road sector 7 (2600m) near Letcombe Castle

White Road sector 7 (2600m) near Letcombe Castle – an Iron Age hill fort

The 2000m Streatley sector above. Downhill at 5%. The last of the White Roads; only 5km remain at the end of this sector.

White Roads Classic Streatley Sector

First White Road sector (2000m) at Streatley

Flying pebbles and chalk dust above on the first White Road sector (2000m) at Streatley, where The Ridgeway drops down to the Thames.

The White Roads Classic finishes in Goring-on-Thames.

The Lapierre White Roads Classic finishes in Streatley-on-Thames.

2016 Cycling Weekly Insider’s Guide Photoshoot

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Photos from the 2016 Lapierre White Roads Classic event

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Photos from the 2015 Lapierre White Roads Classic event


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White Horse Hill, just before white road sector 10.

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'Glorious gravel'.

- Sportif Magazine.

'Beautiful, gentle tarmac descents that go on for miles'.

- Richard H.

'I've never undertaken one of these mass participation sportives...most look dull as dishwater. In my opinion the only ones worth investing time and money in are the quirky Tour of the Black Country Series including the Cheshire Cobbles and Oxford White Roads Classic... Quirky, relatively cheap, very challenging and a whole lotta fun.'

- Andrew C.

'Thanks for a great sportive yesterday. Really enjoyed the route and great food and drink after'.

- Leigh S.

A typical White Road on The Ridgeway

A typical White Road on The Ridgeway


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