Join us for the Wantage to Winchester Bike Ride at 10am on Sunday 16th July!
Now in its 10th year, the W2W is a 53-mile cycle ride from Wantage in Oxfordshire to Winchester in Hampshire, starting in the birthplace of King Alfred the Great and finishing at his final resting place.
Along the way, you travel along quiet country lanes along the Vale of the White Horse, over the Marlborough Downs, across the Thames valley and over the North Hampshire Downs, then enjoy miles of easy cycling through the sleepy villages of the Bourne valley.
The ride is non-competitive and we give you plenty of time to finish it. We provide directions, signs and marshals to keep you on track and refreshments en route and at the end.
You don't have to raise sponsorship for any cause (though you're welcome to do so). Any profits from the ride will go to Bespoke Biking CIC, a social enterprise which encourages more people to get on their bikes in Winchester, and to Winchester charity Hyde900.
For an extra charge we offer transport in the morning for you and your bike, from Winchester to the start in Wantage. Space on the transport is limited though, so book early if you want it.
The ride is organised by Bespoke Biking with help from Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce.
53 miles not enough?
For experienced cyclists only, we provide directions for a different route the other way, from Winchester to Wantage, giving a total round trip of approximately 100 miles. This additional route will not be supported or signposted. There's usually a group of Winchester riders who get up early and cycle this way to Wantage in time for the start.
Advance entry is £15, with transport to the start costing an extra £22.
Entry will be available on the day of the ride at Wantage marketplace - but only if spaces are still available. It will cost £18.
You can enter...
- Online, paying by credit or debit card or by Paypal.
- By post. Download and print the entry form below and send it to us with a cheque.
We prefer it if you enter online! You can use the online form to enter a group of up to 4 people in one go.
Why Wantage to Winchester?
The W2W ride was created by Hyde900, an organisation in Winchester which celebrates the history of Hyde Abbey, the final resting place of King Alfred the Great.
Our journey links the two places that can claim King Alfred as their own.
We start beneath Alfred’s statue in Wantage, his birthplace on the northern borders of the ancient kingdom of Wessex. As we ride over the Marlborough Downs, we pass near Ashdown Hill, the site of the young Alfred’s first major victory over the Viking invaders. Later we pass through the market town of Hungerford, where Alfred's victory is still celebrated annually in the Hocktide festival. We head south over the high point of the North Wessex Downs then down in to Winchester, the capital of Alfred's kingdom and the site of his grave, finishing near the statue of King Alfred in the Broadway.