16 Aug 2013

3 Down 2014

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 2014. 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/light meals available for a very reasonable price at the end.
The intermediate controls will offer, at the times you will pass through:
  • Pangbourne - Caff
  • Kimbridge - Caff plus small shop which sells sarnies and drinks
  • 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.

It will be possible to spend the night before at the Community Centre, this is confirmed - bring your own bedding - which can be looked after during the day.

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