The Challenge

The R101 is iCycle’s challenge to cyclists to turn out and ride 101km through Bedfordshire. The route has over 1000m of climbing (including Bison Hill at Whipsnade) and will start and finish in the shadow of the world famous airship sheds in Shortstown.  This challenge is not a race. The primary objective is to get round and cover the distance. This challenge will suit everyone, clubmen, recreational riders, and born again cyclists.  Young or old, male or female. All sorts of machines are welcome: bicycles, tricycles, tandems; whatever you’ve got.

For the less frequent cyclist, completing the R101 is the ideal ‘get fit’ challenge for Summer 2012!

What's Involved

Riders will be provided with a brevet card, and there will be several check points along the route where riders validate their progress on the card, and may take opportunity to rest and purchase food and drink.  Riders are expected to complete the distance between 3.75 and 9 hours. 

The route features a few main roads, and as many quiet and scenic lanes as is possible.

View the route and download GPS files.


You need to register for this event with Audax UK. You can do this online, and pay by either cheque or PayPal.  The cost is £6 (£6.50 if paying by PayPal). There is a further £2 fee for temporary Audax UK membership, which is payable if you are not already a member of either Audax UK or the CTC.

Register with Audax UK here...

Entry On The Line

A limited number of places will to be sold on the day, these will cost £10 each.  To avoid disappointment please advise if you wish to take part. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

A Charitable Event

Subsequently iCycle aim to make a donation to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA), a charity dedicated to supporting serving and former RAF personnel and their families. These could be injured personnel fighting to get back onto their feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a WWII veteran needing a shoulder to lean on.

Given the current overseas commitment of our armed forces, and the historical connection between Shorstown, the RAF and the R101, we feel that this is a charity worth supporting.

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