The Hampshire Hilly Hundred

About us

The inspiration for the Hampshire Hilly Hundred was the successful first Circuit of the Cotswolds in 2005, which was devised and run by multiple National Hill-climb Champion Jim Henderson with the assistance of other former members of Oxford University Cycling Club. One of those helpers was Tim Wilks, who came away with the idea that the lanes he knew in Hampshire might make a great sportive route. Like other organisers of the first UK sportives he was keen - desperate even - to do something to help rescue dying cycle sport in the UK.

It's hard to believe now - after recent Olympics success and Team Sky at Worlds and TdeF - that little more than a dozen years ago, road racing, time trialling and track were all in steep decline. We hoped sportives (we started by calling them "sportifs" like the French) might give cyclists more reason to keep riding for fitness and enjoyment. We never got as far as thinking that sportives might actually help - significantly so - to popularise active cycling!

Half-a-million Hampshire Hilly Hundred miles have now been ridden. Most of those (according to reports) were pretty enjoyable and fulfilling. That was always the hope.

The HHH is still put on every year by a network of friends. Most are lifelong cyclists but some aren't cyclists at all. As an entity, the HHH exists as a company limited by guarantee, i.e., no shareholders, no shares, no profits. Any surplus is held in the account for the following years.

The Hampshire Hilly Hundred Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales, company number 6866221. Registered office: 70 Shaftesbury Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1SD.

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