Do it yourself
The Chilterns are comprehensively served by train from London. To tackle the Chilterns with Redbourn as a start point, Harpenden is the easiest station to travel to. It’s half an hour on the train from London King’s Cross and from there it’s a 5km spin to Redbourn.
Make sure you grab a coffee and breakfast at the cycling-themed Hub cafe (hubcoffeebike.com) before you set off. A bit further up the High Street, the Hub’s affiliated workshop, the Bike Loft (thebikeloft.co.uk), can supply any last-minute tubes or gels you may need to see you through a day riding in the Chiltern Hills.
Thanks to Neil Wass of TMG Horizon Cycle Team (ourcyclingteam.com) for all his help and advice with route planning, and to our driver for the day, Paul Cope of High Wycombe CC (highwycombecc.co. uk), for being very patient when our bike computers repeatedly sent us the wrong way. Thanks also to Cyclist ’s ride partners, Rob, Joe and Mike Jackson of Madison, for doing more than their fair share of riding on the front.