30 Aug 2018

The 3 Down London New Forest 2020

300Km Audax organised by Willesden CC, regulated by Audax UK, 4th April 2020

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

Enter here

 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 just past Fordingbridge. For those of you who have done the ride before, there is a route change. You now go through Fordingbridge and past the Grade I listed Hale House.

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 GPX tracks on the right are for 2020. Ech contains 1500 points, two files are given out as a single file has caused riders to start taking the wrong route on the return dus to overlap. The route is subject to minor variation.  The GPX, route sheet and rider briefing will be emailed to all entrants approximately two weeks before the event.
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.

Controls and Catering

There will be breakfast  and post ride food included in the entry price.
The intermediate controls will offer, at the times you will pass through:
  • Pangbourne - Hot breakfast, included in the entry price
  • Stockbridge - Hot drink and cake etc. included in the price
  • Fordingbridge - Service station and Tesco Express en-route, coffee shops a few yards off-route
  • 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.

The rider briefing

If you have entered the ride, please read the rider briefing. This will be sent out about 2 weeks before the event.

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