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HYDRA 5

55k(34m) / 540m 

For entry-level riders. Aldbourne up to Baydon, Hatchett Hill and the final hump at Hodson add some challenge - max. gradient 10%.

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HYDRA 7

72k(44m) / 730m

For mid-level riders. More distance, more climbing and more testing descents. Lambourne to Ashbury adds rolling and winding terrain. 

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HYDRA 9

91k(57m) / 1,038m

For upper-level riders. Includes Blowingstone Hill at 18%+ and the rewarding Dragon Hill climb. Also an infernal loop at the furthest point.

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ROUTE NOTES

HYDRA 5 >> START / Wood Street / left onto Devizes Road / left at mini-roundabout onto Newport Street / straight over mini-roundabout / right at mini-roundabout onto Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / Straight at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 4th exit at Coate roundabout onto A4259 // as exiting roundabout get into outside lane and use filter right / turn right onto Day House Lane / continue on Meadow Way / continue on Medbourne Lane / turn left on Medbourne Lane signpost Badbury // gentle climb up through Badbury turning left onto single track lane – 1.3k, 49m, max. grad. 6% / turn left onto The Ridgeway // views start / turn right onto B4192 signpost Aldbourne // tree-lined rolling road leading to open straight to Aldbourne / left onto South Street signpost Lambourn, Baydon / continue on Aldbourne Road // climb out of Aldbourne flattening before another push up to Baydon – 2.6k, 102m, max. grad. 8% / right onto Baydon Road signpost Lambourn / left onto Baydon Road // long gradual descent into Lambourne / left onto B4000 signpost Upper Lambourne // once out of Lambourne long open straights through countryside before a swift descent into Ashbury, careful not to overshoot the turn / left onto High Street / continue on Chapel Road / continue on Idstone Road / continue on Icknield Way through Bishopstone / continue onto Hinton Springs / continue onto Hinton Hill / turn left up Hatchett Hill // a decent climb at 1.7k, 86m, max. grad. 10% / continue straight at the Foxhill junction / slight rise up to B4192 / continue straight across onto The Ridgeway // rolling section descending to a good run out / straight over A346 / right onto Draycott Road / straight over mini-roundabout onto New Road / continue on Hodson Road / continue on B4005 / turn right onto Broome Manor Lane, signpost Hodson // sharp blind drop, short steep climb, then tight switchback / continue along Broome Manor Lane / 1st exit straight on at roundabout onto Marlborough Road / 3rd exit straight on at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 2nd exit straight at mini-roundabout onto High Street / left onto Wood Street / FINISH <<


HYDRA 7 >> START / Wood Street / left onto Devizes Road / left at mini-roundabout onto Newport Street / straight over mini-roundabout / right at mini-roundabout onto Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / Straight at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 4th exit at Coate roundabout onto A4259 // as exiting roundabout get into outside lane and use filter right / turn right onto Day House Lane / continue on Meadow Way / continue on Medbourne Lane / turn left on Medbourne Lane signpost Badbury // gentle climb up through Badbury turning left onto single track lane – 1.3k, 49m, max. grad. 6% / turn left onto The Ridgeway // views start / turn right onto B4192 signpost Aldbourne // tree-lined rolling road leading to open straight to Aldbourne / continue through Aldbourne on B4192 / continue on B4192 through Wittonditch / turn right signpost Eastridge // gentle climb along country lane – 1.8k, 69m, max 7% / cross Ermin Street onto B4000 signpost Lambourn / turn left signpost Lambourn // long sweeping descent into Lambourn / cross straight over junction onto Oxford Street, B4001 / continue on B4001, Wantage Road // gentle climb up onto gallops – 2.4k, 76m. max. grad. 4% // long sweeping descent / follow B4001 round bend signpost Wantage / turn left onto B4507, signpost Ashbury // rolling, winding road, tree lined and open downs sections / continue on B4507 to Ashbury / cross B4000 onto High Street, signpost Idstone / continue through Ashbury on Chapel Road / continue on Idstone Road / continue on Icknield Way through Bishopstone / continue onto Hinton Springs / continue onto Hinton Hill / turn left up Hatchett Hill // a decent climb at 1.7k, 86m, max. grad. 10% / continue straight at the Foxhill junction / slight rise up to B4192 / continue straight across onto The Ridgeway // rolling section descending to a good run out / straight over A346 / right onto Draycott Road / straight over mini-roundabout onto New Road / continue on Hodson Road / continue on B4005 / turn right onto Broome Manor Lane, signpost Hodson // sharp blind drop, short steep climb, then tight switchback / continue along Broome Manor Lane / 1st exit straight on at roundabout onto Marlborough Road / 3rd exit straight on at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 2nd exit straight at mini-roundabout onto High Street / left onto Wood Street / FINISH <<


HYDRA 9 >> START / Wood Street / left onto Devizes Road / left at mini-roundabout onto Newport Street / straight over mini-roundabout / right at mini-roundabout onto Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / Straight at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 4th exit at Coate roundabout onto A4259 // as exiting roundabout get into outside lane and use filter right / turn right onto Day House Lane / continue on Meadow Way / continue on Medbourne Lane / turn left on Medbourne Lane signpost Badbury // gentle climb up through Badbury turning left onto single track lane – 1.3k, 49m, max. grad. 6% / turn left onto The Ridgeway // views start / turn right onto B4192 signpost Aldbourne // tree-lined rolling road leading to open straight to Aldbourne / continue through Aldbourne on B4192 / continue on B4192 through Wittonditch / turn right signpost Eastridge // gentle climb along country lane – 1.8k, 69m, max 7% / cross Ermin Street onto B4000 signpost Lambourn / turn left signpost Lambourn // long sweeping descent into Lambourn / cross straight over junction onto Oxford Street, B4001 / continue on B4001, Wantage Road // gentle climb up onto gallops – 2.4k, 76m. max. grad. 4% / long sweeping descent / follow B4001 round bend signpost Wantage / turn left onto B4507, signpost Ashbury continue on B4507 / turn left, signpost Kingston Warren // demanding climb up Blowingstone Hill – 1.1k, 75m, max. grad. 18%+ // continue on lane / turn left onto B4001, signpost Childrey, Wantage // 2nd loop starts - gentle climb up onto gallops – 2.4k, 76m. max. grad. 4% / long sweeping descent / follow B4001 round bend signpost Wantage / turn left onto B4507, signpost Ashbury // rolling, winding road, tree lined and open downs sections / turn left up Dragon Hill Road // over cattle grid and steep climb up the hill – 1.2k, 101m, max. grad. 18% / after second cattle grid follow road right downhill / turn left onto B4507 / continue on B4507 to Ashbury / cross B4000 onto High Street, signpost Idstone / continue through Ashbury on Chapel Road / continue on Idstone Road / continue on Icknield Way through Bishopstone / continue onto Hinton Springs / continue onto Hinton Hill / turn left up Hatchett Hill // a decent climb at 1.7k, 86m, max. grad. 10% / continue straight at the Foxhill junction / slight rise up to B4192 / continue straight across onto The Ridgeway // rolling section descending to a good run out / straight over A346 / right onto Draycott Road / straight over mini-roundabout onto New Road / continue on Hodson Road / continue on B4005 / turn right onto Broome Manor Lane, signpost Hodson // sharp blind drop, short steep climb, then tight switchback / continue along Broome Manor Lane / 1st exit straight on at roundabout onto Marlborough Road / 3rd exit straight on at Pipers roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / straight at mini-roundabout continuing on Marlborough Road / 2nd exit straight at mini-roundabout onto High Street / left onto Wood Street / FINISH <<

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