The Black Legend is the tale of forbidden love, passion and murder, played out on top of the highest and most sacred hill on the Wiltshire Berkshire border.
The Black Legend Sportive will take you up this very same hill! Set in the beautiful countryside of the Berkshire, Lambourn and Marlborough Downs, the three well designed, anti-clockwise routes, roll along quiet country lanes passing through picturesque country villages.
EPIC (80 Miles), STANDARD (65 Miles) or SHORT (45 Miles) courses.
Registration from 07:30
Start times between 08:00-10:00 – please be sure to set off early if you are a slower or novice rider Cut-off time is 5pm
The address of Race HQ is John O’Gaunt School, Priory Road, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 0AN.
Directions via Train (approx 5 minutes): from Hungerford Railway Station follow Station Road towards Park St; turn right then immediately left onto Fairview Rd; Follow Fairview Rd right to the end and then turn left onto Priory Rd; the turning into John O’Gaunt school is on the right hand side.
Directions via Car (approx 10 minutes from M4): Exit M4 via jct 14; follow A338 towards Hungerford/Wantage; at the roundabout take 2nd exit onto Bath Rd/A4; at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Charnham Rd/A4; at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Bridge St/A338; at the next roundabout take the 1st exit onto Priory Rd; John O’Gaunt School will be along Priory Rd on the right hand side.
Parking is in the school premises. If full, alternative parking can be found at Hungerford Railway Station, Station Rd; a 5 minute cycle ride away. Event HQ is in John O’Gaunt School and will be signposted from the car park
ID (in case of emergency); emergency number (this will be advised by us in the week preceding the event); mobile phone; route maps (these will be sent to you prior to event day – you can choose a gpx file or a printable version); food for the ride; full water bottles for the ride; money; bike tool kit; working bike pump; spare inner tubes; appropriate clothing for the weather; spare clothing; bike – this MUST be in good condition, safe to ride on the road, with conventional handlebars; cycle helmet – you MUST wear a helmet, please see our terms & conditions on the website for compliance standards
BikeLux Cycles will be at the event to provide support, should you need any minor repairs or adjustments before the race starts. If you have a problem on the day (prior to the event only) look for the BikeLux stand close to Race HQ - they will try to help you. Please note that any repairs/adjustments made on the day are at your own risk. Bike maintenance while you are out on the course remains your own responsibility, however Bikelux will be there for you to call if you have a major malfunction!
There is limited stored baggage provision for those arriving by bike – this is unsecured, so please do not leave valuables. If you are driving to the venue, please leave your belongings in your car
Toilets are available at the Event HQ
Opens at 7:30am at Event HQ and will be clearly signed for you. You will be given your rider number and your timing chip.
Please wear your helmet securely fitted when you register – this is for the staff to affix your chip correctly. Your disposable chip will be stuck onto the left side of your cycle helmet. It must be fitted to a dry helmet and only on the plastic part of the helmet (not on any non-plastic type area near the strap)
Your rider number should be fitted to your handlebars with the cable ties provided
The emergency numbers can be found on the reverse of your bike number
Please be sure to check your bike & helmet before going to the start. Also make sure you have your water, food/gels, mobile phone, emergency numbers, chip, rider number, tools, pump, inner tubes, spare jacket/clothing, etc, with you before heading to the start
This is mandatory and will be held on the start line for each departing group. Riders will be set off at 2 minute intervals in groups of approx 20, between 08:00-10:00. You can start your ride anytime between 08:00-10:00. Please assemble behind the start line and wait for your turn to go
The emergency number can be found on the back of your laminated bike number. Please ring this number direct if you or another rider requires emergency MEDICAL support. Please remember that a mechanical failure is not a reason to call the emergency service
All turnings will be marked with a large blue arrow on a yellow background. Specific hazards, such as steep hills and sharp bends will be signed with red letters on a yellow background. There may be another cycle event in the area on the same day, so be sure to ONLY follow the blue arrows on yellow background
This is a non-competitive ride, NOT a race
The two Course Splits are just before and just after Lambourn. They will be clearly marked with a ‘COURSE SPLIT’ sign at the junction and another sign after the split confirming which course you are now on.
The first course split is at Lambourn, where the EPIC course splits from the STANDARD & SHORT courses
The second course split is just after Lambourne where the STANDARD & SHORT courses split
The EPIC (80M) course rejoins the STANDARD (65M) course at Aldbourne
The SHORT course rejoins the EPIC & STANDARD course at Little Bedwyn
All courses finish on the same route between Little Bedwyn & Hungerford.
Please remember that signs can be tampered with on events such as these, therefore it is highly recommended that you download the ROUTE MAPS (see below) and bring them with you as back- up.
Route map will be available to you three weeks before event day – we will email them to you. You can then opt to download them onto your GPS via .gpx files, etc, or choose a printable version that you can print and put in your pocket for the ride. Look in the column to the right of the map for these options. If you have difficulty, please email us on: firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be one feed station for the Short course and two feed stations for the Standard & Epic courses. Feed station 1 is at 25 miles (for all courses) at the Swan Inn, Great Shefford, just before Lambourn. Feed station 2 (for Standard & Epic courses only) is at 41M (Standard) / 56M (Epic) at Axford Village Hall. There will be water for you to fill your bottles & energy drink for those who want it. There will be a good selection of savoury and sweet things to eat and restock your energy stores with. Please do take what you need, but please don’t overdo it – there will be plenty of hungry riders coming in behind you!
As this is an area popular with horse-owners, please be extra careful – horses can be easily frightened by bikes
Ride straight over the timing mat and you’re done! Pick up your medal and bask in your achievement for a few minutes, then head over to the catering area and get yourself some hot soup or coffee/tea. Don’t worry about your chip – it is disposable so no need to try to return it
Photos will be on the event website as soon as possible after the event. Your ride time will also be posted under the tab on the right hand side, named “Times/Photos”