Blenheim Palace – Bike Day

Please look at the CTT website for details of a cycling day at Blenheim Palace near Oxford. CTT are promoting a 3-lap closed circuit 20 km. time trial which novices and others can ride. The entry form can now be downloaded from their website. There will be a chance for clubs to advertise themselves with stands at a “bike village” in Blenheim Park and there will also be a road race. Entries are already coming in. Michael Hutchinson has entered so there will be some competition if local riders want to enter too. The CTT National Committee will be there in force and some may ride too.

Gladys Purdy

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  1. Anonymous says:

     Enter a brand new cycling event –
    Bike Blenheim Palace 28th September 2008

    On Sunday 28th September the grounds of Blenheim Palace will open to the public for cycling for the first time. Enter now to take part in a brand new cycling event that will include a 20km Time Trial, Elite racing, leisure cycling, and the Brompton World Championships 2008. To register visit

    Bike Blenheim Palace marks an exciting day in the UK Time Trial season as for the first time the oak lined roads of Blenheim Palace are opened expert and novice Time Trialists. On a course closed to traffic, the 20km route in conjunction with Cycling Time Trials involves three loops of the magnificent Park, circling the great lake. The route through the ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped parkland, that helped give Blenheim Palace its World Heritage Site status, passes Vanbrugh’s Grand Bridge and the 134ft Column of Victory.

    The focus then turns to an Elite cycling race organised by British Cycling. Watch 60 of Britain’s top racing cyclists made up of Elite, 1st and 2nd category riders complete 1 hour and 1 lap of the fantastic closed road circuit within the Palace grounds. Expect racing to be ferocious with speeds as high as 70 -80km/h in places on the 6.5km circuit.

    Following the speed and the excitement of the races, Bike Blenheim Palace will be the proud host of the Brompton World Championships 2008. This is a sight not to be missed with up to 500 competitors from all over the world racing around the beautiful Queens Pool in their jacket and ties. For more information visit

    The day then becomes family oriented as cycling routes of varying lengths are opened to the general public. The event promises to be a great day for competitors and families with a fantastic event village and live demonstrations in the exhibition arena. Register for the leisure cycling on the day or visit the website to find details of an advance registration discount.

    For more information about Bike Blenheim Palace visit
    For general enquiries about Bike Blenheim Palace email

     Entry for the Time Trial and Elite Cycling is £15 (includes access to the Park and Gardens of Blenheim Palace).
     Entry for the Leisure Cycling( includes access to the Park and Gardens of Blenheim Palace):
    Advance discount (to register visit
    Adult £6.70 Child £3.20 Family £18 Under 5’s enter free
    On the day
    Adult £9.50 Child £7.30 Family £24.50 Under 5’s enter free

     Blenheim Palace is situated in the heart of the Oxfordshire Cotswolds only eight miles from Oxford on the A44.
     The Park will open at 7am, the Formal Gardens at 10am and the Palace and Pleasure Gardens from 10.30am.
     The event will finish at 6pm. Last admission to the Palace and Gardens is at 4.45pm. The Palace and Pleasure Gardens close at 5.30pm and the Park at 6pm.
     Child age 5-16 inclusive. Children under 5 enter free.

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