Category: Ride Reports

We are always pleased to include reports on the Audax Kernow events, or about local riders going further afield.

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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The story so far

Here’s a quick review of the Audax Kernow events since our restart after Covid 19 restrictions, with links to some photos and to the Audax UK results lists which show riders with validated brevets.

First were the Falmouth Wheelers’ Bunny Hop and Cornish 100 events run in September 2021 and, with a variation of route, in April this year. Then in May we had the 100km Celtic Coastal run by new organiser Charlie Jarrell. Last week saw the return of the Mines and Minerals On-road and Off road events. All well attended and much enjoyed, in varying weather conditions.

Sunday 26 September, 2021Photo gallery on the Falmouth Wheelers’ web site

A Cornish 100 AUK results 21-135 33 riders listed
A Bunny Hop AUK results 21-134 25 riders listed

Sunday 10 April, 2022 – Photo gallery on the Falmouth Wheelers’ web site

A Cornish 100 AUK results 22-135 59 riders listed
A Bunny Hop AUK results 22-134 20 riders listed

Sunday 15th May, 2022 – Facebook post and pictures

The Celtic Coastal AUK results 22-165 13 riders listed

Sunday 19th June, 2022 – Facebook post and pictures

Mines and Mineral Railways
(ON-road)
AUK results 22-836  21 riders listed
Mines and Mineral Railways
(OFF-road)
AUK results 22-837 36 riders listed
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Breakfast in Bampton, Singing in the Rain

One of the advantages of entering events online some weeks in advance is that we have committed to the ride before we see the weather forecast, making it much less likely we will get cold feet, though in the case of an Autumn ride this year rather more likely we will get wet ones. Continue reading

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Falmouth Audax Events 2019

A pity the Easter weather didn’t arrive earlier for the Falmouth events – well done to those who braved the winds and wet! See this report of the Cornish 100.

The results lists are on the Audax UK site; see links below.

Audax 100km Badge107km A Cornish 100
AUK id 19-135
32 riders listed
Audax 50km Badge50km A Bunny Hop
AUK id 19-134
9 riders listed
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Mad March Indeed

5:30 am alarm and a howling wind outside – what were we thinking of? Forecast wind speeds of 25 gusting 45mph are normally an automatic “not-on-the-tandem” decision, but somehow we were signed up together for the Mad March Excursion 100km event and ready to give it a go.

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