Author Topic: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018  (Read 521 times)

citoyen

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Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« on: June 10, 2018, 01:10:52 pm »
The second edition of the Thanet Platinum rides take place on Saturday 1st September 2018, starting from Goody Ales brewery in Herne village (near Herne Bay).

200 - basically the same as last year, with a few minor route refinements. Starts 8am.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-304/
This is last year's route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/24947881

110 - revised route to cut out the excessive over-distance, with a halfway control at Woodchurch. Starts 9.30am.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-305/
New route, pending checks: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27371286

Century - new for this year, a 160km/100 mile route. Uses the 200 route as far as Robertsbridge, cuts across to Rye, then uses the 200 route back to the finish.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-335/
Likely route, pending checks: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/25192489

Food included at the finish - the pork pies were incredibly popular last year so I'll make sure we get more of those in this year, so later finishers don't miss out.

And the bar will be open until 11pm, serving Goody's ales, local cider, wine and soft drinks.

For those who don't want to drive, the first train from London gets in to Herne Bay at 7.39am and it's just 4km to the start from there (happy for people to start late). Alternatively, you can camp in the field at the start the night before, or stay at the posh campsite 100m down the lane. It will also be possible to camp in the field on Saturday night after the event.


mmmmartin

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 01:26:58 pm »
Right. Given the org and the route, I'm in. Unless I'm out of the country - as i might be in Norway. Current plan is to ECE the 100k. But the notion of camping nearby and the possibility that others might do the same and perhaps be in a nearby hostelry in the evening is most alluring.
Besides, it wouldn't be audacious if success were guaranteed.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2018, 01:32:07 pm »
 :thumbsup:

For those staying on Friday night, the brewery bar will only be open 4-7pm, but there are a couple hostelries just down the road in the village, including the original micropub - http://www.micropub.co.uk/

Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2018, 07:42:23 pm »
I recommend this route. I also recommend 4 inner tubes and repair patches too. If you can get there and back with no driving. I recommend that as well as the beer looks great.

telstarbox

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2018, 11:46:51 pm »
This was great last year (didn't even get any punctures!) Is the brewery cat still in residence?
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dogtrousers

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2018, 09:45:07 am »
Planning a repeat of last year, staying in Herne Bay, not getting any punctures.

Is the woodland off road bit still in it?  That was my only problem last year as my front light wasn't really up to snuff for offroading and it was very muddy.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #6 on: June 11, 2018, 09:59:02 am »
Is the woodland off road bit still in it?

No, I've taken that bit off the official routesheet - it's still there as an option for anyone who wants to use it as a shortcut to the finish but I think most would rather avoid it. I still use it a lot myself but I get that it's not to everyone's taste!

citoyen

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2018, 10:00:52 am »
I also recommend 4 inner tubes and repair patches too.

I think the number of punctures last year was a bit of freakish bad luck - I've done this route several times without a single puncture. It was just unfortunate that the heavy rain the night before must have washed all the crap into the road.

But yes, best to be prepared for every eventuality.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2018, 10:05:36 am »
Is the brewery cat still in residence?

I don't think I've met the cat - but that's possibly because I usually have the dog in tow when I go up there, so it probably keeps out of the way.

citoyen

  • Cat 6 Racer
Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2018, 01:04:04 am »
200 - basically the same as last year, with a few minor route refinements. Starts 8am.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-304/

110 - revised route to cut out the excessive over-distance, with a halfway control at Woodchurch. Starts 9.30am.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-305/

Century - new for this year, a 160km/100 mile route. Uses the 200 route as far as Robertsbridge, cuts across to Rye, then uses the 200 route back to the finish.
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/18-335/

Just bumping this thread to say that provisional routesheets and GPX files are now available to download from the AUK website using above links. They should be fine but I'm planning to do a test ride of each distance over the next few weeks just to make sure.

jiberjaber

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #10 on: July 05, 2018, 12:40:07 pm »
This is a cracking ride and perfectly ECE'able however I am away that weekend... I blame bad forward planning!

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Jason

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Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2018, 08:23:52 am »
I'm looking forward to this, had to miss it last year, but raring to go in 2018.

Re: Thanet Platinum Audax, Saturday 1st September 2018
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2018, 08:38:58 am »
Hopefully I'll be able to do this.   I have most of August off with a family holiday so it should help me find my legs before the Fenland Friends the following weekend.