Solstice 100

Fancy celebrating the alternative turn of the year in fine, off-road style?

The Solstice 100 is a 100-mile mountain bike sportive, held on Saturday 27th June 2015 (yes, we know this year’s Solstice is on the 21st). It’s being hosted by The Pomfret Arms pub in Northampton (always an excellent start point for a long ride, a pub…), a bike friendly pub close to Northampton town centre, which will be serving a special beer for the occasion, produced at its popular on-site micro-brewery.

from end of garden summer

Looks like a reasonable place to start a ride… In fact we might have trouble leaving.

The 100-mile route takes in the rolling countryside of Northants, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire – of course ‘rolling’ means ‘endless ups and downs’ in mountain bike guide speak, so we doubt it’s as mellow as it sounds – and riders will be raising funds for the local air ambulance. Crucially it’s a single loop event, too – other than the sadly deceased Kielder 100, we don’t know of many of these currently running in the UK.

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Rolling up, and rolling down

Organisers Mountain Bike Epics UK say:

The route, 60% off-road, starts and finishes in Northampton and will include the well-known mountain bike areas of Woburn and Chicksands. The trails will consist of bridleways, byways, double & singletrack, cycle paths, forest roads and quiet lanes, all with a wide variety of surfaces. There are no mountains, but this single loop event is one of the longest of its kind in the UK. 

For more information, go to mtbepicsuk.co.uk/events/

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