FOREST OF DEAN
The inaugural Mad Malvern Hare in 2021 featured a ‘second half’ 50 MILE route east of the river around Bredon Hill, up and around Pershore.
This did, however, include a few too many main roads for our liking. So this year, as the 100 KM route heads back to Upton, the century riders are in for a real treat as the route heads south into the district of the Forest of Dean!
As you’d expect the roads are undulating and tree-lined with picturesque villages dotted along the way. Surrounded by fields and forest the majority of the way until you reach May Hill - our Highlighted Climb - giving you the perfect panoramic of where you’ve just been (the Malvern Hills) and where you are now heading (Upton).
Take a well-deserved break at a feed stop at May Hill Village Hall (just over the peak of the hill) before an easy route back to rejoin the 100 KM route at Chase End Street for our final highlighted climb.
The weather, the mechanicals, the injuries, the legs! We know there can be many factors that make the decision for you when it comes to choosing the distance.
That’s why we believe it should be
your ride, your way.
There are some factors to take into consideration with the 2 distances:
Start times are anytime between 7 am and 9 am. If you are planning to do the 100 MILE route please allow yourself enough time to get back to HQ before the broom wagon at 5.45 pm.
Our main feed stop is at Bishops Frome (50 km/31 miles) where there will be snacks, gels, water and our infamous cheese cobs. Open 8 am - 12 pm.
For those doing the 100 MILE route, we have a secondary feed stop just over the brow of May Hill (110 km/68 miles). Open 9.30 am - 3.30 pm with snacks, gels and water. If you would prefer to eat your cheese cob here please bring it with you from Bishops Frome feed stop.
Our hill marshals will also have jelly babies and water at the top of our 4 highlighted hill climbs and there will be a ‘ride by’ feed station around Castlemorton, location TBC.