The Falmouth events started in dreary wet and windy conditions but the weather gods relented and we saw plenty of sunshine, even if the descent to Porthleven required a bit more pedalling that we’ve come to expect!
There is now a full gallery of photos from the events on the Falmouth Wheelers’ website. Links to the lists of finishers below. If anyone would like to send me a report on “how it was for them” I’d be glad to put it here on the site – would be great to have some impressions from those new to Audax.
Thanks to Phil for organising, helpers for helping, and cake and sandwich makers for the scrummy refreshments – everything well up to the standards we’ve come to expect!
6 December, 2015
Starting from Carharrack Organiser Eddie Angell
Falmouth Wheelers Ladies – damp round the edges but delighted with Ed’s mince pie and mulled wine
Mizzle and drizzle, and a bit of a wind as well – but what did the riders care. ‘Tis the season to be jolly and very jolly we all were too on reaching the control. Wendy has moved to a new farmouse and the control had moved too (to the surprise of some old hands who failed to check their routesheets) but the spread was as magnificent as ever. The long climb back was pleasantly wind-assisted, but some more serious rain and fog on the higher ground gave everyone a bit of a wetting – warming mulled wine and mince pies were just the job.
The event attracted riders from far and wide, including the CTC group from Liskeard – see the ride report here.
Many thanks from all the riders to Eddie, Wendy and all the helpers for a great start to the festive season.
What a splendid start to the new Audax season! This is the first year the event has been held in November, and the new timing was rewarded with spectacular weather and an enthusiastic field of riders, including many new faces and some old stalwarts.
Pictures of the starts here.
A total of 89 riders started from Connor Downs. An early fog gave way to sunshine for most of the day, but lingered as mist or haze in places, providing some interesting light effects on what is always a scenic route. Some of us had the eerie experience of seeing the rocky outcrops on the left hand side of the road to Morvah brightly lit in sun while the field hedges disappeared in mist on the right. The temperatures were perfect for riding and for sitting outside at The Apple Tree Café control – indeed it was warmer and calmer than many a summer day.
62 of the 69 Celtic Coastal starters, and all 20 on the Cornish Canter, completed their rides and returned to welcome refreshments (including the excellent homemade cakes – thank you Liz!) back at the hall.
Many thanks to Chris Rayne and helpers for a great day out, and to all the riders for supporting the event.