Silverstone F1 Ride
Overview – Distance: 245 km, Climbing: 1710 m
Café stops – Corner shops and a pub lunch
Another DV crazy ride. This time to the British Grand Prix.
Start early to avoid the traffic on the Uxbridge Road. Once you get to Chalfont and into the countryside after 40km, it’s time to enjoy the ride, eat up the distance and think about drinks and fuelling (we stopped at a newsagent in Wing at 82km).
Nearing Milton Keynes, we started to see and hear the constant helicopter shuttle of the rich and famous. The local taxis were giving their fare the high speed “Formula One experience” along the quiet lanes! As we got closer to Silverstone, the queues of cars and coaches started. I’m sure they were envious of us filtering through.
We left Silverstone onto the lumpy roads towards Buckingham which necessitated a quick pit stop. We had lunch at about 160km (having been diverted due to road works) before we climbed the Chilterns and descended to West Wycombe.
Knowing that we would continue descending towards Maidenhead was a relief. From there it was a flat route via Windsor to home.
As previously mentioned, regular fuelling is essential. Cafés are rare in the countryside, so hit the small local stops when you see them.