30 Aug 2018

The 3 Down 2018

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.


The route

This ride starts from Chalfont St Peter, just North West of London. The outward scenery is varied and attractive – Chilterns, an alpaca  farm, a little bit of the Andes in Berkshire,  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. It skirts Winchester via Sparsholt: don't forget to clock the bus shelter with a mosaic, opposite the info control. Then on 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 2018. The GPX, routesheet and rider briefing will be emailed to all entrants by 28th August, or soon after entry for riders entering after that date.

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

When the route was checked Templewood Lane (Km300) had just been gritted and it was loose enough to cause skidding. While it should be better by the event, ride it cautiously, especially after dark.

Controls and Catering

There will be breakfast  and post ride soup/bread/hot drinks included in the price.
The intermediate controls will offer, at the times you will pass through:
  • Pangbourne - Costa usual service, with alternative venues
  • Stockbridge - Caff  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; A pub, burger stand and a BP service station for later arrivals or as an alternative.

Getting to and from the start

You can sleep over on the Friday night, plus there are plenty of hotels nearby, usually at their cheapest on Friday.
There is ample, paid for (bring £3.60 change!! ) day parking within 200m of the start.
The rider briefing has details of first and last trains to and from London. It also has some details about what to do if things go wrong. Unfortunately the Basingstoke-Reading line stops early due to engineering this year, so the last train is at 20:52.

The rider briefing

If you have entered the ride, please view the rider briefing

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