Bike Oxford 2020 Medal Rides

We are delighted to announce our Bike Oxford 2020 Medal rides!

Due to restrictions around Covid-19 and our wish to continue to protect the health of our riders and supporters, this event will replace the 7th Bike Oxford sportive, originally scheduled for the 31st May 2020. A big thank you to all riders who have donated their original Bike Oxford entry to our supported charity, Helen and Douglas House and to those who have rolled over their entry to 2021.

The Medal Ride Series will run throughout the summer and entrants are again invited to make a donation to our supported charity Helen & Douglas House! OR companies , teams, charities and clubs may choose to ride for a charity of your choice.

We can guarantee a real sense of achievement and, should you choose one, a fantastic medal to reward your endeavours.

The Iconic team has selected a range of routes from across the region which you can sign up to complete through the link below. Navigate your chosen route via the Iconic Events app, a GPX / TCX file or a downloadable pdf. You can start and finish your ride wherever you choose.

Cost of entry

  • £3 per person - Entry cost plus small booking fee (18p).
  • £3.50 medal cost (optional) including p&p .

We have amended some routes from previous years and have colour-coded them to help your selection:

  • Black – very challenging elevation and distance (4500+ feet)
  • Red – challenging elevation and distance (3000-4500 feet ascent)
  • Orange - moderate challenge and elevation
  • Green - easy terrain

Scroll down for Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How to register and select a route
  2. What you need to know about a Medal Ride
  3. Navigating your route
  4. What to take on your ride
  5. Checking your bicycle
  6. Locations for food, drink and comfort breaks
  7. Historic locations
  8. What if you have a problem
  9. Roadwork check website
  10. Covid-19 and Government guidelines

The 2020 Medal Rides

Register to ride one or more of the routes below

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2020 Routes

These are the provisional routes, are subject to change and are are awaiting Oxfordshire County Council approval. 

The 2019 Medal Rides

Register to ride one or more of the routes below

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The 2018 Medal Rides

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The 2017 Medal Rides

Register to ride one or more of the routes below

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The 2016 Medal Rides

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Frequently asked questions

1. How to register

    • Select a route or routes to complete. You can view all 15 options from across the years of Bike Oxford above.
    • If you would like the medal from the year associated with that particular ride then add this to your purchase. This includes postage and packaging.
    • If you would like to make a donation to the nominated charity you can add this to your purchase at the same time.If you would like to purchase a cycling jersey, you can then choose to add this to your purchase. Our partners at Scimitar will post your cycling top to you.
    • Make your payment, and your medal/s will be posted to you within 28 days of registration!
    • Once you complete your ride you may want to send us a picture and we will add this to the Bike Oxford 2020 Medal Ride gallery.

    On Registration riders will receive a confirmation e-mail of their booking.

    2. What you need to know about a Medal Ride.

      The Medal Ride route on the website includes a highlighted route, details of distances, ascents and descents and an information icon “i” (brown) which features

      • Points to note: busy junctions, road surfaces, significant descents and narrow lanes. The map also has
      • Suggestions where food and drink can be purchased and comfort breaks taken.

      Remember - Riders can select to start and finish anywhere on the route.

      3. Navigating on your selected route

      You have 3 options

      1. Download the .GPX or .TCX file from the map by going to view full version and pressing the orange Export/send to device button on the left of the screen.
      2. Download the Iconic Events App (available free from your App source), scroll down to find your event, click on the routes selected and a blue dot will represent your position in relation to the route you have selected. Use the blue dot to ensure you stay on the route.
      3. Print a map by going to view full version and pressing the More button on the top left of the screen and then Print Map. You may be asked to create a FREE account. This is a simple process and gives you access to some additional tools.

      4. What to take with you on your ride

      We suggest all riders have the following: helmet, water bottle, waterproof top, sunglasses, snacks for full ride, tyre pump, 2 x inner tubes, puncture repair kit, tyre levers, set of allen keys, adjustable spanner, chain link remover, hand sanitiser, loo roll.

      5. Before riding check

      Wheels are firmly in place, spin to check running free and true, brake pads are not worn out, test your brakes, handlebars are not loose, oil the chain, seat is at correct height, mudguards and water bottle cage are not loose or rattling.

      6. Route map detail including distances, food and drink locations

      The Medal Ride route map found on this website includes a highlighted route, details of distances, ascents and descents and an information icon “i” (brown) which features

      • Points to note: busy junctions, road surfaces, significant descents and narrow lanes.
      • Suggestions where food and drink can be purchased and comfort breaks taken.

      Remember - Riders can select to start and finish anywhere on the route.

      7. Historic locations

      A number of our routes pass through the edges of historic towns and villages - we’d encourage you to make a small detour and visit them.

      8. What if I have a problem

      The Medal Rides are unsupported and riders will be expected to be self sufficient.

      The Iconic Cycling Office phone is manned from 10am-4pm during workdays only 07528055110

      9. Roadworks

      We encourage you to look at one.network which highlights current roadworks across the UK but will be amending routes if we hear of long term road closures or poor quality road surfaces.

      10. Covid 19

      All participants taking part in The Medal Rides are advised to follow any Government guidelines in place regarding social distancing, group gatherings and the wearing of PPE.


      All participants taking part in The Medal Rides are advised to follow any Government guidelines in place regarding social distancing, group gatherings and the wearing of PPE.


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