9 Jun 2017

Willesden CC Audaxes Sunday 1st July 2018
Riverside Gardens, Maidenhead
Jack Eason Struggle, 200K, 08:00 Dorking, Leith Hill, Petworth, Black Down, Alton
Boulters Bash, 100K, 09:30
Flat to Theale, hilly to Pangbourne, Chilterns, Marlow
Locked and Boulted, 50K, 10:00 Hambleden Lock, Fingest, Marlow
Each ride has a description of the main sites en-route, routesheets, GPX files and the address for online entry. All the links you need are on the right!

Online entry gives a £1 discount - 


18 Oct 2015

3 Down 2016

300Km Audax organised by Willesden CC, regulated by Audax UK.

Audax Newbie? If you have not done an Audax before, see my 'Audax newbie' post below.

The route

This ride starts from Chalfont St Peter, just North West of London. The outward scenery is varied and attractive – Chilterns, Kennet Valley, the Hampshire Downs, the Test Valley with its string of lovely villages and the New Forest. The turning point is Fordingbridge

The return is pretty benign with a fairly flat course and the prevailing wind behind you. The route crosses back over the New Forest, skirts Winchester to Alresford which has shops and caffs and then takes in the easy climb back over the Downs via the Candovers. It’s back roads to Winnersh and on to Maidenhead where a very easy route, mainly lit, takes the southern edge of the Chilterns to the end.

The GPS track on the right is for 2016. The GPX and routesheet will be emailed to all entrants on March 28th, or soon after entry for riders signing on after that date. Postal entrants who supply an SAE will get a posted routesheet, plus the same email as on-line entrants, if I have an email address for you. Postal entries must arrive by March 30th.

There is only one long steep hill, White Hill, near Kingsclere, which climbs around 100m peaking at 11%, and 4-5 short stretches that need a granny ring, so it is quite suitable for fixies.

Controls and Catering

There will be breakfast, included in the price, at the start and refreshments available for a very reasonable price at the end.
The intermediate controls will offer, at the times you will pass through:
  • Pangbourne - Caff, with a meal deal
  • Kimbridge - Caff plus small shop which sells sarnies and drinks, possibly with a meal deal
  • Fordingbridge - Control is a service station with shop, but you can head 400m further into Fordingbridge where there is a range of places to get food and drink
  • Alresford - The facilities you'd expect of a small town
  • Winnersh - Large Sainsbury's with admission until 21:45; Burger stand and a BP service station 400m on the right for anyone close to the time limit or those preferring not to use a large supermarket.

Getting to and from the start

There is ample, paid for (bring £3.50 change!! - 2014 price) day parking within 200m of the start. The ride notes will list other options.

21 Jul 2014

Day 1, Highlands Glens and Western Isles


Started about 1120 with a ride to the ferry at Lochranza. after a very hard but pretty section down the east side of the 
Mull of Kintire. 
Endless up and downs at up to 15%. 
The ride the otherr way was flat and along the sea with views to the Paps of 
Jura. Swans in the sea. 
Fish and chips al fresco in Lochgilphead and then 60 km to 
Oban with a couple of fantastic twisty descents. Just getting dark as 
I enter Oban and my lights are not working prpoperly and 
I have no idea why.


20 Jul 2014

Highlands, Glens and Western Isles, day minus 1

Started off grey and soupy, so I stayed in, finished setting up this blog.
Then I decided to go for a ride, so used the cheap android tablet I have to plan a route with a website called ridewithgps. The website is based on google maps but the android device is too insensitive to draw properly so few strokes to move the cursor around and you end up with the route a 200 kilometres long spidery mess.  So after wasting about an hour on an unrideable route,  the weather improved and I got out on my bike along roads inland from here.
They were almost empty. Rode through Dundonald with a castle and then back along the coast. I was running out of time so I came back along a main road which is almost empty too. Turned out this emptiness is partly to do with Glasgow fairs week when everyone heads off to Spain for a holiday. 
After a quick shower it was time for my TV appearance. Simon and Nick the two guys who are shown in the photos spent sometime setting up. I was asked questions like why did I do Audaxes  not sure on that one...  we did a tour of my bicycle with the various bits explained by me. One question he didn't ask which everyone else does, is what happened to your backside on the saddle for such a long time. You can see my FAQs on the blog page about this summer's rides.
After that i joined a bunch of other riders at the pub. I completely misunderstood where to go. The pub was three minutes walk away. I cycled about a mile until I decided there can be no pub in the direction I was going. And then came home to wash and dry my clothes. I used the microwave to dry my cycling mitts and didn't realise they were nearly dry so they started burning inside the microwave.
This is a good start to the event.

19 Jul 2014

Highland, Glens, Western Isles, Day minus 2

Headed off to Scotland, managing to leave my helmet behind. Picture of me at Euston and another of the junk I am carting around Scotland before it was fully packed. Staying in a flat overlooking Ardrossan South Beach, weather and tiredness confining me to a quiet time in front of the TV

10 Jun 2014

The Rutland Weekend 300k Audax, Saturday, 21st June 2014

See Download panel for all files

It starts at Baldock Station’s Car Park, just off the A1(M). The station car park is £2 per day at weekends and all-day parking for £1 nearby. The 300K starts in time for early trains from London and Cambridge, due just before 7.00.  I'll be setting off to ride it too, as soon as those trains have arrived, but I will stash the brevets somewhere for latecomers.
Within a few hundred meters of the start, you are on quiet rural roads and with the exception of a few short, unavoidable interludes, you spend all day on roads that are very empty by the standards of those who live in the South East, and with generally better surfaces.
St Ives
The route through St Ives and on to Oundle is mainly gently rolling road, there are caffs in St Ives, with the first commercial control in Oundle. On the loop north of Oundle it gets hillier. It's very like a slightly flatter Cotswolds, but the just-as-pretty villages are not yet weekend residence only and most have a pub still. There are three hilly chunks on the northern part of the route.

The next control is by Rutland Water at Edith Weston. If you can bear the change of pace, the section round to Whitwell is a great alternative : it is tarmacked and takes you past Normanton Church, which was rebuilt at the water's edge when the reservoir was constructed, and over the dam, giving some great views. It cuts the distance by a little, but you will ride slower.It goes through Cottesmore and past Belvoir Castle, dropping down into the Vale to the large village of Bottesford. You return to the Rutland Highlands on Terrace Hill, while rated 1/10 in the book 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, it gets an Ordnance Survey Chevron. The switchbacks continue most of the way to Oakham and then resume south of Rutland Water, making these sections quite tough

The switchbacks end on the climb after you ride under the highlight of the return journey, the Welland Viaduct, near Harringworth, which is one of the finest railway structures in the UK. Back through Oundle for the last commercial control. There is not much in the way of food options after that, so it's the place to stock up, though the route does go past a 24 hour garage in St Neots (with station nearby if you know you will miss the last train from Baldock)

This time round there will be no formal Arrivee, it will be catch me at the pub, The Orange Tree, or post the brevet off. There are other food facilities and late night takeaways in Baldock, but if you are a slow rider make sure you have some supplies for the end.

If you miss the last trains  or are too knackered to drive home, there is a Days Inn 2 miles north and a Premier Inn 5 miles south from Baldock. There is also a Travelodge a mile or so along from the Days Inn, but it involves the A1, which is potentially lethal late Saturday night on a bike.

I will be closing out entry about three days ahead of the ride (I must GET postal entries by the previous Saturday) and not taking EOLs, as the opportunities I have to do the paperwork are limited.

Enter 300K Online

19 Aug 2013

Jack Eason Memorial Rides

Three rides on July 6th, 2014 celebrate the memory of Jack Eason, Willesden CC's Randonneur of the Millenium. There are be three distances offered:
  • The Jack Eason Struggle at 200K
  • The Jack Eason 10 Thames Bridges at 100K
  • The Jack Eason Giggle at 60K.
The 100K and 60K rides take the route of the well established 10 Thames Bridges and Kaf-to-Kaf rides, the 200K is a new event going through Surrey, Sussex, Hampshire and Berkshire, taking in several climbs.

All the events start and end in Maidenhead, with convenient parking and a short ride to the train station