There are three routes:
Short Haul: 20 miles with one feed station
Dream Liner: 56 miles with two feed stations
Jumbo: 90 miles with three feed stations
All routes start and finish at the Everyone Active Leisure Centre in Fleet, with a cafe, and plenty of free parking on the day.
The roads around northeast Hampshire pass through some glorious countryside, and the route will be well marshalled and signposted, with feed stations along the way.
Short Haul Flyer* – the family fun route. A circle around Hart, the UK’s best place to live.
20 miles, with 800 feet of climbing and a feed station.
We took your feedback and suggestions into account and designed a new route for 2019, with less climbing than the 2018 short route.
Perfect for children of 8+ who would like to ride their own bicycle, for families, and for the less experienced road cyclist.
The feed station is at Greywell, 13 miles from the start and 7 from the finish. You’ll find it in the Fox and Goose pub car park, a few yards before the turning onto Deptford Lane. Please note that there will be water and food, but no toilet facilities at this feed station (the pub will be closed). There are also picnic tables where you can stop and relax with your own picnic.
This beautiful family friendly route takes in the scenic villages of Mattingley, Rotherwick , Newnham and Dogmersfield. For those that are keen on history and politics the route also passes through the historic town of Odiham. In 1215 the unpopular King John rode from Odiham Castle to Runnymede, where he met the rebellious barons and attached his seal to the Magna Carta.
Dream Liner Flyer* – challenge yourself to a longer ride then usual. A journey through beautiful countryside steeped in history.
56 miles, with 2400 feet of climbing and two feed stations.
- Feed Station 1: Hannington, mile 24
- Feed Station 2: Ellisfield, mile 38 – 18 miles to go!
A medium to long distance ride, for experienced road cyclists or cyclists looking to increase their mileage. Recommended for cyclists age
16 years and over. You will need to be able to complete this route in under seven hours including feed stops.
The first feed station is situated in the picturesque village of Hannington, part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Before you get to Hannington you will encounter a fairly challenging 3 mile climb, averaging 5%.
At Hannington’s centre is the village green, on the edge of which is All Saints’ Church, some parts of which date from the 11th century.
Having refuelled in Hannington you will turn southeast towards Axford (where you are joined by the Jumbo Flyer route riders) and on to Ellisfield which is mentioned in the Domesday Book. This pretty village contains the next feed station and the ancient Harrow Trackway that runs from Dover to the tin mines of Cornwall.
From Ellisfield the last leg of the Dream Liner passes Lasham Airfield, from which the iconic Mosquito wooden fighter bombers flew sorties in World War 2. The Dream Liner then traverses Crondall, where in 1828 a hoard of one hundred and one old French and Anglo-Saxon coins, two jewelled ornaments, and a chain was found. Many of these date to the fifth century and ninety-seven of the coins are now in the possession of the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford.
From Crondall you’re within striking distance of Fleet where your medal awaits you!
Jumbo Flyer* – for the strong of heart, lungs and legs! Outstanding scenery, great modern literature, and fly fishing.
90 miles, with 3750 feet of climb and three feed stations.
- Feed Station 1: Hannington, mile 24
- Feed Station 2: Stockbridge, mile 44
- Feed Station 3: Ellisfield, mile 71 – 18 miles to go! (manned by Hatch Warren Beggarwood Cycling Club)
This is the longest and most challenging of the Fleet Flyer Sportive rides – perfect if you are a fit, experienced road cyclist used to long distances, or looking to up your mileage by that little bit. We recommend that you are 18 years of age and over to tackle this ride. The route will take you through picturesque Hampshire, taking in the countryside and quintessential English villages on small country lanes, including a ride down the Test Valley to Stockbridge. You will need to be a strong road cyclist and be able to complete this ride in under eight hours including feed stops.
The Jumbo Flyer takes the same route as the Dream Liner middle-distance route up to the feed station at Hannington. From Hannington it diverges to head for Whitchurch, which dates back to the Iron Age. More recently Whitchurch was the home of Richard Adams, who wrote Watership Down. The location of Watership Down is close by – less than 10 miles away.
From Whitchurch, the route follows the Test Valley down to the medieval town of Stockbridge, with all of this area being outstandingly beautiful and home to some of the best dry fly trout fishing in the UK. After the Stockbridge feed station, your legs will immediately be tested on Winton Hill, one mile long with an 8% gradient.
Turning back north, you will continue through two beautiful clusters of villages, namely the Worthys and the Candovers. The route eventually rejoins the Dream Liner Route at Axford.
* Note that all routes are subject to change at organiser’s discretion. Routes may be subject to change at the last minute due to road works, closures or other issues. The organisers will endeavour to inform riders of any changes in advance and all routes will be signposted. Mileages to the feed stations are approximate. Ellisfield Feed Station will be manned by Hatch Warren Beggarwood Cycling Club, and we thank them for their support.