Author Topic: Grimpeurs du Sud  (Read 204818 times)

GdS

  • Ship of the Fens
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1025 on: 28 September, 2021, 03:10:51 pm »
Provisional list of calendar events for 2022

13th March Otford Invicta Grimpeur 100
1st May IOW Randonnee 100
21st May Raynes Park Dawntsy Dawdle 400
21st May Barcombe AAA Milne 100
11th June Greenwich Mean Climb 300
19th June Cocking Sussex Midsummer Corker 100
15th October Uckfield Mid Sussex Hilly / Hillier 100

something else in the pipeline from Ivan :)



GdS

  • Ship of the Fens
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1026 on: 10 October, 2021, 08:15:16 pm »
Route checked the Mid Sussex Hillier today; lots of company going up Ditchling Beacon thanks to a sportive which does some of the same route for 10x the price  :o but wisely wusses Cob Lane  :'( I did ride up but a loooong breather stop half way

There's a slight diversion from the gpx near Goddards Green due to roadworks closing the short cyclepath section. There were also signs warning of a road closure from tomorrow on the section between Chailey (the former start) and Uckfield. Will check out on the day it may require a diversion via Barcombe a la AAA Milne

Socks

  • Clennel Street on my touring bike
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1027 on: 10 October, 2021, 08:17:40 pm »
Will check out on the day it may require a diversion via Barcombe a la AAA Milne

Was he into hilly audaxes then?

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1028 on: 10 October, 2021, 09:26:24 pm »
To be fair, the Puncheur sportive is a pretty good one as far as they go, fairly grass-roots and non-commercial using local businesses for the feed station.

Even so, once you've started audaxing there's not much reason to do a sportive!

See you on Saturday  :thumbsup:

GdS

  • Ship of the Fens
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1029 on: 17 October, 2021, 07:48:13 pm »
Thanks to all for supporting the 20th MSH  :)

the google site has been assimilated by the Borg; bear with me while I update if with some factual info

https://sites.google.com/site/grimpeursdusud/

Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1030 on: 29 October, 2021, 03:12:18 pm »
I'm a complete newcomer to Audax so please be gentle if this has been asked a million times.

Why are Oxfordshire and Berkshire not included in the list of qualifying counties when they're in the south and neither of them is any further north than Bucks or west of Hampshire?

GdS

  • Ship of the Fens
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1031 on: 30 October, 2021, 08:58:36 am »
I'm a complete newcomer to Audax so please be gentle if this has been asked a million times.

Why are Oxfordshire and Berkshire not included in the list of qualifying counties when they're in the south and neither of them is any further north than Bucks or west of Hampshire?

It was based on events that were running when it was set up. Originally Hampshire and the IOW were not in the region. There was a qualifying event in Bucks, there were no perms, all events except one were 100s and DIYs didn't exist. The idea was to provide a challenge for those living in London and the SE without having to travel too far (eg West Country Wales and the North which were traditional AAA hot spots) and also increase riders on local events which did not all have huge fields of riders.

Shortly after it was set up several calendar events in the original counties stopped running and others sprang up in Hampshire and the IOW so these were included in order to provide enough events. If you look at the start of this thread there were still only 6 events in 2008.

I was also aware of the Wessex series so didn't want to encroach too far West. AFAIK the only 100k calendar event in Oxfordshire that would have qualified has now been stripped of its AAA.

The map on the badge doesn't include Bucks Herts or Essex it looked better without (and at the time there were no events there)

GdS

  • Ship of the Fens
Re: Grimpeurs du Sud
« Reply #1032 on: 21 November, 2021, 06:10:42 pm »
rode AAA Milne yesterday for a tardy 15 x GdS (normally done by the Spring). Traditionally I finished in Barcombe for their bonfire with a very poignant and moving 2 minutes silence with firework poppies and big aerial bangs to mark the time. They take Remembrance very seriously down here it's not all burning political effigies.

Just worked out it's my 92nd time riding the perm, plus 2 times as a DIY before the perm and twice as a calendar event

It's slated to run as a calendar again next May with hot dogs in the Pooh car park  :P