A long distance, off-road time trial and touring route

This route & leaderboard are dedicated to the memory of Ivor Read, a man with excellent taste in bicycles and progressive rock music, with whom I have many happy memories of riding the Ridgeway. Ivor

The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway considered to be Britain's oldest road. The earliest part of the route extends from Overton Hill near Avebury in Wiltshire along the chalk ridge of the Berkshire Downs to the River Thames at the Goring Gap.  The route was adapted and extended as a National Trail in 1972, continuing on through the Chiltern Hills on part of the ancient Icknield Way to Ivinghoe Beacon in Buckinghamshire.


This new cycle version of the Ridgeway is modified from previous routes published elsewhere with the aim of making it a sustainable, legal (and enjoyable!) time trial and touring route. The full double is 175 miles (282km), contains approximately 13,000 feet (4,000 metres) of climbing and has been ridden and modified following on-the-trail observations and corrections.  Whilst there are some unavoidable road sections, 85% of the route is off road. 

The motivation behind the creation of this new ITT trail is to encourage more people into attempting a long-distance off road time trial, and in particular to offer a new option for riders in the south who may be intimidated by a particularly tough ITT such as the South Downs Double. For those interested in having a go at long distance off road time trialling, the Ridgeway Double is an excellent starting point.  It is mostly simple to navigate, contains little in the way of technical trails and never strays too far from civilization. The climbs are generally of an easy gradient (compared to most other existing ITT routes), and there are also plenty of public water taps along the route.

It should be noted however that much of the Ridgeway follows a chalk ridge, the surface of which becomes treacherous when wet. For that reason, this challenge is best attempted when the ground isn't too wet. You will also be at the mercy of the wind as much of the route follows an exposed ridge (the clue is in the name!).

Ridgeway Double Profile

Ridgeway Double Profile (Overton Hill start)

This route and leaderboard is published under the "Self Supported" philosophy.  For further details, please visit
Self-supported UK.
There is no entry fee, no support, and no prizes. It is a self-timed Individual Time Trial (ITT) that can be challenged at any time. All that is provided is the inspiration, the gpx file and a list of completion times.

In order to provide a level field for all ITT attempts, the following rules should be followed to be eligible for entry onto the leaderboard:
  • Complete the entire route, under your own power - no drafting
  • Be completely self-supported throughout the ride - absolutely no support crews, absolutely no gear sharing
  • Only use commercial services that are available to all challengers - no private resupply, no private lodging
  • If you have to leave the route, you must rejoin it at the exactly same spot
  • No caches of any kind
  • No third-party sag-wagon offering an easy bail-out option
  • No pre-arranged support, which means before you begin your ride - e.g. booking a B&B
  • No travel by any motorized means during your ride - by all means do so if necessary, but understand if you do your attempt is over
  • Gear - nothing required, nothing prohibited
If you have completed a sub-24 hour self-supported ride of the Ridgeway Double, and wish to have your name added to the ride completions register, please send GPS track logged data to the contact email below.

Crispin Doyle 13h 06m 28s 01/Jun/2017
Mark Goldie
13h 26m 15s
Lars Henning
14h 33m 18s

Adam Hooley
14h 49m 28s

Steve Large
15h 08m 00s

Michael Williams
15h 27m 18s

Dave Barter
15h 59m 05s

Neil Dingle
16h 48m 40s
Ben Cornwell
17h 41m 49s

Chris Reeves
18h 59m 17s

Paul Mabley
22h 30m

The downloadable zip file below contains individual GPS tracks for each direction of the Ridgeway Double.  Included in the tracks are waypoints showing the location of the public taps along the route with a few notes against them where relevant.

GPX format (zip file)

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