I have updated the site with details of local AUK events currently calendared for the first few months of the year – more to come soon as events are finalised.
Some people may also be thinking about the non-local event of the year – London-Edinburgh-London. If you have been an Audax UK member from 25 March 2015, or if you have a guaranteed place, you can enter online from Friday 6th January. Entry is open to everyone else from 20th January.
Our own Simon Jones’s ride report from LEL 2013 is here.
Another Audax season about to close – and the new one to start. Our first local events are the Celtic Coastal and Celtic Canter from Connor Downs on 23rd October.
I have added a GPX file for the Celtic Canter route, but note that you will have to change the extension (from .txt to .gpx) as this web site won’t accept a GPX file upload. The file is also available (with the correct extension) from the Facebook group here. There is also a downloadable poster you can use to advertise the events.
Update 18 October: GPS navigational files now available for the Celtic Coastal.
2016 was Audax UK’s 40th year, and there are some special commemorative badges to celebrate. We had a number of first-time and existing randonneurs this year who are entitled to the one on the left, and at least one local rider will be receiving the “40@40” award (that’s over 40 points – 4000km – in events of 200km or more).
Plenty to celebrate for Audax Kernow too. We’ve had some cracking events and most of the organizers have obviously been sacrificing appropriately to the weather gods. Lots of new riders and people extending their distances. We provided the Penzance control for the Kernow and South West 600 and our TLC was very much appreciated. And we now have a Facebook group to help everyone keep in touch.
We now have an Audax Kernow Facebook group for all those interested in sharing information about Audax events, home and away.
Maybe a sniff of spring in the air and time to think about your Audax riding this year?
Our calendar now includes all the Audax UK registered events we’ve identified in Cornwall and Devon, and the spring poster is available showing events on Cornish roads. You’ll notice that Audax UK has had a new logo, and new badges and medals will be available this year.
Quite a few local riders will be heading up to Exeter on March 20th for Pippa Wheeler’s Mad March events. The Coast and Quantocks is popular early season event with a scenic route – it has been not a little wet the last few years, so we’ll wish blue skies and warm tailwinds for the riders.
Nearer to home and gentler by far, the first of our Audax Kernow events are the two Falmouth Wheelers’ Brevet Populaires on 3rd of April – as usual it’s the week after Easter, so quite early this year. Adrian Hitchman has retired as organiser this year, and Phil Conroy has taken over, so many thanks to Adrian and his helpers for all the great rides in the past, and good luck to Phil and team. You can help and encourage Phil by entering in advance, or at least arriving on the day nice and early with the right money in hand!
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.