Year three for the Sharpener and we thought it was time to refresh the route a little for 2015. The brief had to remain the same; in essence a route to wake up the legs early in the summer Sportive season.
Early climbing, followed by a long open section to open up the legs and finishing with a final push! So we took a long look, considered with the positive feedback from 2013/14 and turned the Sharpener literally on it’s head – reversing the direction of the course and tweaking it slightly.
For 2015 the climbing will come early. Cannon’s Hill at 3 miles, then Ashenden, Dorton and Brill before heading over the border into Oxfordshire.
The middle third is a flat quiet and fast, with a feed station set up just down the road from Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons – the food being a little less highbrow, but easier to digest en route.
And the final section? Britwell Hill makes for a grinding climb to Christmas Common, followed by a swooping decent through the corners of Aston Hill and back into Aylesbury Vale.
Take a look at the profile below. GPX files and mapping will be published to entrants in advance – if you have a smartphone we’ll also be publishing with the Ride with GPS App.