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Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:30:23 am »
Hello All,

Start your Audax New Year with a resurrected old favourite.

Alan Mason ran a popular audax called 'Beyond the Dyke' but this disappeared off the calendar when Alan retired. Having heard a number of people call for its resurrection, I decided to relaunch the event for this year's Beacon RCC organised autumn audax.

Terrain

The event has moderate climbing with 1.75AAA.  The steady gradients are concentrated on the traverse of Brown Clee, Bleddfa and Abberley hill.   In between there are plenty of gentler and picturesque sections through the upper and lower Teme valleys.  With the early autumnal colours it should be a ride to remember.  The countryside varies between the high rolling hills surrounding The Marches to the deep river valleys of north-west Worcestershire.  You will also pass under the impressive Knucklas viaduct on the Heart of Wales line.

Stops

Alan's choice of route was clearly sensible in terms of positioning controls at equal lengths where food can be purchased.  I will provide riders with a small map of available cafe or shop options at each free control.  Whist not an official control, Knighton has plenty of cafes if required.

GHQ

I will be providing cakes, beef and veggie chilli-con-carne which was a hit last year.  Porridge, bananas and/or toast will also be available before the start.

Controls

Start/Finish:  Belbroughton,   Near junction 4 of the M5, to the south of Birmingham and Black Country.
Free controls: Craven Arms; Presteigne and Tenbury Wells
Info controls: Cleobury North, Dolau and Hartlebury.

Full Details: http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/autumn-beyond-the-dyke/

Route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28170384





I look forward to seeing you all.

Regards

Philip
KIDDERMINSTER KILLER AND CLEE AUDAX, 20th July 2019; BEYOND THE DYKE, 6th October 2018. http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2018, 10:50:22 am »


I will be providing beef and veggie chilli-con-carne which was a hit last year. 



It was, I am sold...

U.N.Dulates

  • aka John Hamilton
Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2018, 11:12:13 am »
 :thumbsup: I expect we'll be there.

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2018, 10:00:09 pm »
Hi Philip,

Looks like a great route.

It is good to see you posting after your troubles on the the Bushley 100 last month. Hope that you are fully recovered  :)

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2018, 10:34:39 pm »
Never done a 205km Audax and the furthest I've ridden in a day is 106 miles so wondered if this event would be suitable for a reasonably fit 58 year old with the climbing it entails?

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2018, 12:39:51 pm »
Never done a 205km Audax and the furthest I've ridden in a day is 106 miles so wondered if this event would be suitable for a reasonably fit 58 year old with the climbing it entails?

That is always a difficult question to answer when I am not personally familiar with your strength or riding potential.

Distance wise your 106 miles is not far short of the 127 miles event distance.  As for hills, I am not going to profess that it is flat but it is a mix of gentle sections combined with some lumps but no steep gradients, just long ones.  For the most part, the roads are fairly decent with the most lanes in the first quarter.  A factor to consider is completion time versus your normal speed as you will have 13h34m to complete the ride.   In your risk calculation, you can always factor in Leominster rail station as an emergency bail out option.

It is two months until the event by which time you will have benefited from more summer riding. 

Hopefully, we'll meet in October.
KIDDERMINSTER KILLER AND CLEE AUDAX, 20th July 2019; BEYOND THE DYKE, 6th October 2018. http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018, 04:01:02 pm »
Hi Phil,

Thanks for the reply and recently completed Ride London 100 miler in just over seven hours even after heavy rain and strong winds riding with three fellow club mates so I am pretty confident I will get around somehow in 13hrs 34 mins and as you say there are a few bail out options if necessary. Planning on riding 115 miles this Tuesday to my caravan in North Wales and returning a day or two later.

Thanks
Alan

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2018, 04:25:57 pm »
Hi Phil,

Thanks for the reply and recently completed Ride London 100 miler in just over seven hours even after heavy rain and strong winds riding with three fellow club mates so I am pretty confident I will get around somehow in 13hrs 34 mins and as you say there are a few bail out options if necessary. Planning on riding 115 miles this Tuesday to my caravan in North Wales and returning a day or two later.

Thanks
Alan

Ride London is at the completely opposite end of the spectrum... wide closed roads, large pelotons of riders and with the exception of Leith/Box hill, completely flat.
I would say riders who complete a 200 km Audax in 8 hours, would probably do RL 100 in 5 hours, so using the same metrics, you should be in the 11-12 hours bracket, give or take.

If you are open minded to a different experience and to be a bit more self sufficient (no signage, no marshals, no organised feeding stops, no mechanics en route and no broomwagon), I would say you will enjoy the event.

Re: Beyond the Dyke - 205km - 6th October
« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2018, 04:57:53 pm »
Thanks for the reply and I have already completed a few shorter Audaxes so I am aware of what it entails, finding your own way, no back up etc and my Wahoo recorded approx 4000ft of ascent on Ride London even though we did not complete Box Hill as it was closed when we arrived.

Cheers
Alan