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Re: New and Deleted AUK Permanent Events
« Reply #125 on: 15 September, 2020, 08:22:13 pm »
I've registered the Exeter-London 400k (Back to the Smoke) as a perm.  Cards here ready, but you'll have to ask for the calendar routesheet & gpx for now.


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Re: New and Deleted AUK Permanent Events
« Reply #126 on: 09 October, 2020, 10:07:19 pm »
Just Off to Whitchurch is now available on the AUK website.  A route inspired by well-known petrol head DJ Chris Evans?  Well - my wife was listening to the breakfast show and he was talking about his car based festival at Laverstoke Park (owned incidentally by Jody Scheckter, 1979 Formula 1 champion) between Overton and Whitchurch.  Chris Evans was pondering how many different places there are called Whitchurch.  We started discussing this and whether it would be possible to cycle to all of them. 

The answer is that there are 11 or 12 if you count Eglwyswen (Whitchurch in Cymraeg), and it makes a pretty good cycling route.  Starting from my local Whitchurch (Hampshire) the route heads into darkest Wessex (Shawn Shaw - Hardboiled, Porkers, and Brimstone territory) to Whitchurch Canonicorum, and then through the southern part of the Blackdown Hills (the last bit of the Kernow & SW) before a double crossing of Dartmoor to visit Whitchurch (Devon), which brings back my memories of my first hard Audax rides organised by Mike Hunting & Linda Johnston out of Tavistock.  There's an overnight flat section through the Somerset levels (with the opportunity for a Travelodge stop) and mostly main roads to reach Whitchurch (Somerset).

I've done my best to pick a route through Bristol and over the Severn Bridge (crossing in the opposite direction to the Dean and Severn Across, more Audax memories) to reach Whitchurch (Cardiff), home of Tour de France winner and writer of a great autobiography, Geraint Thomas.

Then it is into Cambrian Series territory out to Whitchurch (Pembrokeshire), a stunning route through the Presceli Hills to Eglwyswen and then bits of the A40 (sorry) to seek out Whitchurch (Herefordshire).  There's a convenient Premier Inn on route in Haverfordwest North which you can stop at before Whitchurch (Pembrokeshire).  The route then picks up the A49, the trunk route for end-to-end attempts for the next night section, with a selection of Travelodges for faster riders' comfort. 

The next connection is Whitchurch (Shropshire), using some of the roads used by the Mersey 24hr time trial, before turning south to Stourport and then onto the hamlet of Whitchurch (Warwickshire) and then (hopefully) empty roads to Whitchurch (Buckinghamshire).  From here its roads that I've ridden many times on rides from home to Whitchurch-on-Thames, the famous Streatley Hill (hosting this year's National Hill Climb TT) back to Whitchurch Hampshire.  There's a Premier Inn just north of Aylesbury, or the brave might head on through the last night.

1361km 14500m ascent (mostly in the first half), 5 days and 4 nights, with all the best of my cycling memories (Local roads, Wessex, Dartmoor, Somerset Levels, Cambrian Perms, end-to-end, Mersey Roads, and more local roads).  Inspired by a petrol head and a cycling widow, realised by a Super-Randonneur.  If we are still struggling to run big events next year, this could be the epic for you.

And if anyone asks, you're just off to Whitchurch....

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Re: New and Deleted AUK Permanent Events
« Reply #127 on: 25 December, 2020, 02:49:26 pm »
In these testing times who could argue more perms would be good to fill the calendar void? So here is a new 100km Brevet Populaire based on 'The Pendle Witch Trial'. I am calling it 'A Bit of a Trial'.

A total of 113km with a 2 AAA rating around the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill. Challenging terrain but it does offer a minimum speed of 12kph!

Travel can be in either direction and start from any control or anywhere along the route if validating using GPS or the new eBrevet app.

Also, my other perms: 'The Pendle Witch Trial', 'Stumped & Dented', 'Candy Floss & Ice Cream' and 'The Bowland Double Cross' (all 200km BRs) can now be validated with the eBrevet app.

Happy Christmas and safe travels all.

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Re: New and Deleted AUK Permanent Events
« Reply #128 on: 21 February, 2022, 01:02:06 pm »
I've just added 2 new events:

Manchester Sightseer 114km  and  mini-Manc Sightseer 63km

I was challenged to come up with a safe and interesting ride around Manchester, a city full of history and culture.  These are the result.  If London can have a Sightseer ride, then so can Manchester!

Which other Audax Perm gives you ...
 - The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Bob Dylan?
 - trains, trams and guided buses?
 - 25 Nobel Prizes, 2 SI units and dozens of Olympic Golds?
 - Suffragettes, Communists, and the Gunpowder Plot?
 - a Van Gogh, a Picasso and a Gauguin?
 - A flying cat?  A curry mile?  Whitworth screws?


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Re: New and Deleted AUK Permanent Events
« Reply #129 on: 08 June, 2022, 02:00:49 pm »
These aren't exactly new perms, but I've taken over the running of Herman Ramsey's 100 km, 150 km and 200 km perms from Manningtree. (Grant Huggins will continue to offer the Green & Yellow Fields 300 and Asparagus & Strawberries 400.) All the rides pass through typically beautiful villages and outstandingly pretty areas, and whilst none of the rides have AAA points there are plenty of short climbs on the routes. For example the Manningtree 200 has around 2,000 m of climbing.

The rides are now set up on the AUK systems and the rides will offer validation by traditional methods, gpx or using the e-brevet app. You can ride in either direction and start at any control (or even off route). Also there is very easy public transport access to Manningtree on the Liverpool St. --> Norwich train.

Manningtree 100  An out and back from Manningtree to Finchingfield, which uses the same route as the final part of the Asparagus & Strawberries 400. Route:

The Ixworth File 100 An out and back from Manningtree to Ixworth following the first leg of the Asparagus & Strawberries 400. Route:

Red Lodge Triangle 150 A hundred mile ride from Manningtree to Sible Hedingham to Red Lodge to Lavenham and back to Manningtree.  Route:

Manningtree 200 A perm version of the "Essex & Suffolk Borders".  Route:

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