The Chiltern 100
5 June 2011
The Chiltern Hundred 2011 on 5 June gave Louis, Harry and Tom their first taste of what the toughest days from London to Lisbon might be like. Opting for the arduous Gran Fondo route which the organisers describe as an “uncompromising road romp across 177km of the toughest and most picturesque terrain in the Chilterns. It is relentless in its pursuit of hills, 21 in all, routinely climbing at over 15% grades. From Great Missenden to Dunstable Downs, then SW for the shake down along the scarp slope where the biggest and steepest hills await you. From Watlington return to Great Missenden over the final six leg-numbing climbs”.
London to Lisbon route & logistics planner Darren Beadle said, “Louis could be a professional cyclist; he flies up the hills!” Harry impressed everyone with his resilience in spite of punctures and lousy weather later in the day. Tom now really understands how serious the London to Lisbon challenge is and will up the training programme over the next four weeks. Crammed in between revision for AS levels at Eton, it was an impressive effort from this inspiring team.