The results lists for the events on Sunday are now up on the AUK site – see links below.
There was a very good turn out for the new Lizard and the Camel Brevet de Randonneur, including a lot of people attempting this distance for the first time. Just two strategic withdrawals during the ride – everyone else finished comfortably in time, so congratulations all round and Chapeau to the new randonneurs. Medals and brevet cards will be with you in due course.
The 12 riders on the 59km Peter’s Point ride also did well – everyone finished and returned to Devoran in good spirits. The results for the Cove and Cliff 110km were “mixed”, with only 20 riders validated out of 38 starters, mainly due to very incomplete brevet cards rather than inability to ride round the route. Three riders failed to say they had abandoned the ride. Such a high percentage of DNFs (actually CBAs) reflects badly and compromises the viability of my future events.
The riders had the benefit of excellent weather and a scenic stop at Gwithian Towans where Peter Hansen and Phil Samuels dispensed bananas, cake and water – and perhaps a bit of encouragement to those with many miles still to go.
Many thanks to both of them for their support and help and to Margaret for her 16 hour stint in the kitchen.
In response to a short-notice request from the general direction of Exeter, Audax Kernow organisers and web admin plus Falmouth Wheelers SR Trevor ran the Penzance control for the Kernow and South West 6oo km Audax this weekend.
Simon Jones took on provisioning and organised the crew, Peter Hansen managed the paperwork, both with the ease of decades of experience, while for Trevor and me it was a chance to see the strange world of the multi-day event from the other side of the counter for the first time.
A rich aromascape kept Max entertained too.
Here are some pictures of riders leaving the control, fed, watered and we hope refreshed for the next stage of this challenging ride.
We saw a total of 71 riders leave Devoran on Sunday. Despite some of the usual suspects being away from home “The Granite and Serpentine Way” saw more riders listed than any year since 2008: ourselves on tandem, thirteen on geared solos and one on fixed wheel. Navigational mistakes and Garmin-assisted sailing on past controls led to a rather high DNF count on “A Lizard Loop” but all twelve who started the “Carns and Killas” had their brevet cards in good order for the finish.
There are some pictures from the event in the Falmouth Wheelers’ Photo Gallery.
Many thanks to the controllers, Jennifer Petzing at Towednack, Peter Hansen at Lizard Village and to everyone at Little Pengelley Tea Rooms.
5 April, 2015
Starting from Penzance Organiser Martyn Aldis
The Many Rivers to Cross and Four Hundreds 200 X-rated events have something of a history of attrition. Gales, deluges, heatwaves and hills have produced a fair proportion of DNSs and DNFs over the years. This year looked promising, with good weather forecast and the PBP qualification timetable probably contributing to a reasonable start list for events of this type, but illness and logistics still managed to reduce the starters to a total of ten hardy locals and two “furriners”.
Chapeau to all those who took part in these challenging rides.
You may have seen in the press that the upgrade of the single carriageway section on the A30 North of Truro is now moving into the early stages of planning with a public consultation. Lack of provision for non-motorised users is given as one of the problems with the existing road. The growth of motor traffic along the A30 has taken made the natural spine route more or less untenable for cycling and the crossing points at Chybucca and Boxheater junctions fairly tricky.
There is a public exhibition at Starbucks Chiverton Cross today, Wednesday 25th March until 6pm, and all the information displayed is also on the web with a Questionnaire. Let’s make the case for genuine cycling provision.
Link for more info.