A cycling sportive put biking Berkhamsted on the map after riders travelled from as far as London, Hampshire and Surrey to take part.
The event – endorsed by British Cycling – saw more than 200 cyclists take on the challenging terrain of the Chiltern Hills, and distances of up to 70 kilometres.
The route began at Berkhamsted-based bike specialists Lovelo Cycle Works, which sponsored the event and provided a ‘roaming mechanic’ to attend to any punctures or mechanical problems on the day.
Along the way they ‘refuelled’ at the Red Lion in Water End and The Akeman in Tring, just two of the pubs owned by Tring-based company Oakman Inns. To finish, a barbecue at The King’s Arms in Berkhamsted greeted the cyclists after their long ride.
Race founder and director Amy Kilpin – also part of the Oakman Inns marketing team – said: “The sportive has really grown in popularity since I set it up in 2011.
“It’s very satisfying seeing so many cyclists enjoying themselves – we’ve already had many ‘book’ onto next year’s event and we haven’t even confirmed a date yet.”