Running for the best part of 60 years, it’s fair to say that The Harp Hilly Hundred Reliability Trial is a well-established event. It also has a considerable reputation for being Tough (with a capital T), with 100km of cycling through the undulating Chiltern Hills – or 55km for those wanting a softer option – which combines classic hills such as Bison, Aston and Ivinghoe with spectacular scenery and slick organisation. Race HQ is at the Nash Mills Recreation Centre (map here) and entry is a bargain £10, with 50% going direct to charity (Harp Road Club support a wide variety of good causes).
Rider timings are provided via the ‘HHH Card’ (‘Harp Hilly Hundred Card’) a bar-coded slip unique to each rider, scanned at the start and finish but note that this is not a race, but rather a ‘Reliability Ride’ with estimated finish times over the 100km ranging from three and a half to five hours. Full details and entry at harphillyhundred.org.uk