21 October, 2018
Starting from Wall Organiser Chris Rayne
Updated route now starting and finishing at Wall Hall, East of Hayle.
A picturesque route around the Celtic peninsula of West Penwith, featuring scenic views of the Atlantic Coast, to the Apple Tree Cafe at Trevescan, St. Buryan, Mousehole and Hayle.
Very belatedly, here are the links to results for the October Celtic Coastal and Celtic Canter events and Ed’s Mince Pie and Mulled Wine event in December.
Both events went ahead very enjoyably despite unforeseen problems – so special thanks to organisers who (re)organised, riders who turned out despite poor weather forecasts, cake makers and tea pourers all.
22 October, 2017
Starting from Connor Downs Organiser Chris Rayne
A picturesque route around the Celtic peninsula of West Penwith, featuring scenic views of the Atlantic Coast, to the Apple Tree Cafe at Trevescan, St. Buryan, Sancreed, Heamoor and Hayle.
Despite the high wind forecasts there was a good turn out for the Celtic Coastal and Celtic Canter events, including a number of riders new to Audax.
Updated 6th December to add results links:
Thanks to Will Hancock for this ride report.
Celtic Coastal Audax 100k
And so to the end of a year of great riding, or rather I should say the start of another Audax season! I got back cycling in 2014 following a running career curtailed by injury. “ Get a bike Will, get a bike Will” said Cliff a work colleague and now fellow Audaxer, and after riding my first sportive (with Cliff) the Lands End 100 miler it was, “ride an Audax Will, the Dartmoor Devil is coming up….” I was surprised to find that 100 km could be harder than 100 miles, especially when accompanied by all those steel bike riders, but liked the ethos and connoisseur feel of the Audax scene.
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.