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Hell of the North Cotswolds

05 Sep 2021

Hell of the North Cotswolds is now full, but you may join the Waiting List.

Organiser's Description

The original & classic British Off-Road Endurance Cycling Event now in its 36th year & originally run with a nod to the famous Paris-Roubaix event in France. Promoted & organised by Winchcombe Cycling Club* & Cheltenham & County Cycling Club

We are delighted to announce a new venue for HONC this year – the historic Sudeley Castle Estate in Winchcombe.

Our aim as ever is to provide all of our riders with great day’s riding in the beautiful Cotswolds with rider & volunteer safety our top priority. With this in mind & an ever changing situation with the covid pandemic we need to make some changes :-

·        Initially entry will be limited to 600 riders but we will continue review this & increase entry numbers if we judge conditions are favourable.

·        The traditional mass start will be replaced with a staggered start from 07.30 to 09.30 hr & our marshals will organise groups on the day depending on arrival time.

·        Depending on prevailing conditions Entry Numbers will either be available at a Registration Desk on the day or will be posted to entrants in the week before the event to minimise the need for contact before the start.

·        Food & drink will be available at the start/finish. Water & a range of snack food will be available at the food stop on a self-service basis.

·        Following cancellation of last year’s event, we allowed full refunds to all entrants & this inevitably led to a substantial loss. To ensure the viability of our event going forward we have had to increase our entry fees which now include a small non-refundable Administration Fee.

·        In circumstances where the organisers need to cancel the event an alternative date will be offered, alternatively a full refund of the entry fee will be made, less an Administration Fee of £3.00

HONC is a NON COMPETETIVE ON & OFF-ROAD CHALLENGE aimed at experienced riders. It is run under British Cycling Rules & Guidelines & over challenging routes across the hills & valleys of the beautiful Cotswolds, using a combination of roads, tracks & bridleways, with significant off-road sections. A medal will be awarded to all finishers.

ROUTES - Choose on the day between 100km for experienced & fit riders & 50km for those who know just how tough the off-road Cotswold Hills can be. You can also ride 75km by following the 100km route to the food stop & then following the 50km route to the finish.

RIDER SUPPORT – Riders will be provided with Emergency Contact Details, St John Ambulance will be providing First Aid & there will be a Cycle Recovery Service. There will be a mobile repair service available at the start & the food stop.

GPX routes will be made available to all registered riders in the week before the event & the routes will be marked by distinctive black & yellow HONC arrows on the day.

FOOD & DRINK will be available all day at the start/finish from 07.00hr & there will also be a Food Stop at around the half way point of the 100km & 50km routes, where Self Service Food, & Water will be available.

CAR PARKING, TOILETS & BIKE WASH will be available at Sudeley Castle & toilets will be available at the Food Stop.

ENTRY FEES - ADULT £30, JUNIOR (under 18 years on the day) £10 (both include a non-refundable £3.00 Administration Fee). NO ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT

PAYMENT - can be made for individual or multiple entries by secure card transaction.

CHARITABLE DONATIONS -after making donations approaching £25K over the past 5 years we were sadly unable to make any donations in 2020 due to cancellation of the event & the consequent losses. We intend to restart our donations as soon as we are able to clear the losses we sustained.

HQ & START & FINISH – Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. GL54 5JD




*Winchcombe Cycling Club - a company limited by guarantee Registered in England, Number 8113168.       Registered Office 24 Wincel Road, Winchcombe, Glos. GL54 5YE






The organiser has included pricing details in the Organiser's Description

For each sign-up, the organiser pays the Service Fee of 4% (min 50p). You pay no surcharge

Dates and Status

Date: 05/09/2021

Status: Waiting List

Total Places: 600

Places Available: ??



John Taylor

01242 603234


Sudeley Castle & Gardens, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD