Bucket or sprinkler?

We haven’t seen rain on the Lizard and Camel, Red River Blue Sea, and Peter’s Point rides since 2017, so the on-off weather forecasts running up to the weekend were a bit of a surprise. Come the day, the forecasts had settled on short, sharp, and quickly moving showers, which was indeed the experience. There were those who took a sudden bucket load – luckily short-lived – and those who arrived at the control 10 minutes later having seen “just a sprinkle”. The showers seem to have added piquancy to the riding rather than dampening the spirits, with an excellent Audax atmosphere and camaraderie amongst old hands and new faces alike.

The finishers lists are on the Audax UK website – links below.

Another Tandem Tail

The AUK rules give the organiser and helpers the opportunity to ride their calendar event anytime in a window of two weeks before and one week after the event date. We just made the cut off by choosing to ride the Red River Blue Sea on the following Sunday – a lovely dry day. It was the first outing for a long time for our Cannondale tandem, and a test of its newly serviced transmission and slightly lowered bottom gearing.

The Community Shop at the Perranwell Centre provided a nice cup of coffee for our Départ. We had a minor detour through Baripper when the captain forgot his own instructions, but made it to Gwithian  for a late lunch at the Red River Inn. Rather later than planned, as it turned out, as the aftermath of a wedding the night before seemed to have caused a bit of a delay in the kitchen, but our tofu and sweet potato chips were delicious when they arrived.

No time to digest, so we were pleased the next section of the route was the relatively easy run down through Hayle and on through St Erth to Long Rock and Gulval. We made slow progress on the long climb through Madron, but eventually Lanyon Quoit came into view and we were fully immersed in the strange rock-strewn landscape of the Far West. A distant sea mist heightened the other-worldliness as we rode on to the western info control and turning point. As usual I had forgotten the relentlessness of the climbs on the northern section, and was very glad of the lower gearing even if it reduced us to a snail’s pace. A couple of young cyclists on e-bikes sped past us and cheekily asked if we wanted a tow. I lost count of the number of repetitions and was both relieved and surprised when we reached the turn to Towednack. After the remoteness and timelessness of the Penwith Hills the glorious descent from Balnoon to Lelant returned us swiftly to modern life and  closing the loop at The Saltings.

With little time in hand and well past teatime there was no chance of a café stop, but we finished off our malt loaf in the evening sunshine at Hayle and pushed on to Gwithian. Checking our time against the control close we found we were still in time with just an hour to spare. We continued our return on the route via North Cliffs, Portreath, Mawla (another crawler gear), Skinners Bottom, Twelveheads and Cusgarne, not surprisingly taking the option to avoid Hicks Mill. We made our Arrivée at Perranwell with 1 hour 40 mins in hand – by far the slowest of the Red River Blue Sea entrants, but happy enough to have completed the hat trick of this season’s 100km Audax Kernow rides.

Perranwell Finishers

Lizard and the Camel AUK results 24-765 27 riders listed
Red River Blue Sea AUK results 24-104 30 riders listed
Peter’s Point AUK results 24-767 13 riders listed
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In the swing

New this season, the Social Coastal 112km ride from Wadebridge on 20th April was a resounding success, with a large and enthusiastic entry and some outstanding catering from the Wadebridge Coasters. This was quite a hilly ride including some steep gradients, reflected in its 1.75 AAA (Audax Altitude Awards) points rating.

The Audax UK website has the full list of validated finishers:

The Social Coastal AUK results 24-214 87 riders listed

Looking forward, our next events are the 50, 100 and 200 rides from Perranwell on 26th May, and the Mines and Minerals Railways On- and Off-Road events on 23rd June.

Mines and Mineral Railways 23 June 2024


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Not quite a breeze – Falmouth 7th April 2024

With Storm Kathleen hardly past, and forecasts of gusts up to 45 miles per hour, prospects for the first Audax Kernow events of the year did look a bit challenging, but the mood was buoyant as we assembled at the Falmouth Cricket Club. A very creditable turn-out, and great support and catering by the Falmouth Wheelers.

The finishers lists are on the Audax UK website – links below.

Tandem Tail

A Cornish 100 Départ
(Photo courtesy Scott Mitchell)

Overall, we found the wind seemed to prove more of a help than a hindrance to our tandem on A Cornish 100. This event uses several variations of route, but all live up to the name – nothing too extreme, but very much the full Cornish experience with coastal views and lane riding, and plenty of ups and downs. This year we started with the usual circuit of Pendennis Head and Falmouth beaches, which did give us the full headwind experience, and a couple of extra hills thrown in before we set off towards Gweek. The lanes were sheltered but the climb up to Boskenwyn and the continuing northerly ascent to Beacon certainly benefited from the wind on the back.

The route down from Beacon to Long Rock usually gives back some of the effort put in going up, but we were increasing aware that the wind was no longer entirely in our favour. All the same, emerging at Long Rock was a shock with a wild sea, crazy wing surfers lifted high over the waves, and the gallant controllers trying to hold everything down.

We expected the worst for the drop down from Rinsey Croft to Porthleven, where the gateways can produce some worrying cross winds at the best of times, but the descent was nothing to worry about, and the climb back out a gear or two easier than usual. There was enough west in the wind to give a bit of continuing benefit, and the final turn south back to Falmouth was mercifully short and sheltered. As the final arrivals, we had a warm welcome and plenty of cake pressed upon us.

Falmouth Finishers

A Cornish 100 AUK results 24-135 51 riders listed
A Bunny Hop AUK results 24-134 19 riders listed
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Audax Kernow 2023 Season

A belated round-up of the events of 2023 and links to results.

After starting our season with the Falmouth events on the 2nd of April, next up were the 50km, 100km and 200km events from Perranwell on the 21st of May. All three rides were well supported and the weather was kind. Some nice photos of the Lizard and the Camel 200km from St Austell Wheelers and of Peter’s Point 50km from Newquay Cycling

The Mines and Mineral Railways on- and off-road events followed on the 18th of June, and again we were lucky with the weather. Pasties and cream teas went down well, and the off-roaders were no muddier than usual.

The final events of the season were the 200km and 300km events from Penzance on the 25th June. There was just one rider on the challenging Many Rivers to Cross 300km event, and although it was not run as a Paris-Brest-Paris qualifier this year, it nevertheless preserves its record: so far, every PBP entrant who’s completed this ride has also completed their PBP. Lucy Bufton finished both with little time to spare, and her account of her Many Rivers to Cross ride appears in the Winter 2023 edition of Arrivée, the AUK magazine.

The Audax UK site lists the validated finishers – links below. E-bike riders are not included in the official lists, but were welcome on all the Brevet Populaire rides and deserve full credit for meeting the different challenges involved.


A Cornish 100 AUK results 23-135 49 riders listed
A Bunny Hop AUK results 23-134 38 riders listed
Lizard and the Camel AUK results 23-765 30 riders listed
Red River Blue Sea AUK results 23-104 20 riders listed
Peter’s Point AUK results 23-767 12 riders listed
Mines and Mineral Railways
AUK results 23-836 23 riders listed
Mines and Mineral Railways
AUK results 23-837 28 riders listed
Many Rivers to Cross AUK results 23-327 1 rider listed
Four Hundreds 200 AUK results 23-326 5 riders listed
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On – and off – the road

Looking forward to the events from Perranwell this Sunday, 21st May, and just a month away from the Mines and Mineral Railways On-road and Off-road events on 18th June.


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