Author Topic: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade  (Read 478 times)

alfapete

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New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« on: July 23, 2019, 10:04:11 am »
My first foray into organising commences with a 100 and a 200 on September 14th starting from Kelmscott near Lechlade.

Both events begin with a traverse of the Cotswolds on minor roads through scenic villages. At Snowshill the Morris Minor riders return via Bourton on the Water whilst the Morris Major route continues over flatter terrain to Hanbury Hall near Droitwich before heading back around the northern side of Stratford and then back over the Cotswolds.

The recommended route on the Major comes in at 230km (minimum 210km) which may deter some - that's a lesson I've learnt in organising.

There is one info control on the 100km event, two on the 200km. Cake and tea/coffee provided at Snowshill and commercial controls elsewhere.

Entries are coming in steadily but due to limited parking (another lesson learnt) I will have to limit the entry at some point. No entries on the line.

Links to the entry pages can be found on the website: https://morrisaudax.weebly.com/
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Kim

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2019, 12:02:53 pm »
due to limited parking (another lesson learnt) I will have to limit the entry at some point.

That seems ...suboptimal.  Is this a common limiting factor?  Should there be a mechanism for allowing entries only when accompanied by (in the absence of any other reasonable proof of not coming by car) an ECE?
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2019, 12:45:26 pm »
It's a beautiful area, at least the first part – I'm not so familiar with it nearer Droitwich. And it sounds like they'll probably include some testing climbs but come in not ridiculously hilly overall.

As for parking and the ECE idea, it's probably a bit much to expect riders on a 100, who might after all be doing their first audax and quite likely not be AUK members, to ECE. It's a shame the Kemble to Cirencester railway line no longer exists, the platform is still there at Kemble, but...
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Kim

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2019, 12:52:58 pm »
It's a beautiful area, at least the first part – I'm not so familiar with it nearer Droitwich. And it sounds like they'll probably include some testing climbs but come in not ridiculously hilly overall.

Can vouch for the second part being lumpy but good.


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As for parking and the ECE idea, it's probably a bit much to expect riders on a 100, who might after all be doing their first audax and quite likely not be AUK members, to ECE.

Well yes, but 100s are ripe for ECEing by seasoned audaxers.  That's the beauty of ECEs.

Just seems a bit of a shame to have to close entries because of car parking.  Though I say that as someone who wouldn't be able to get to Kelmscott other than by bicycle.  (I'll probably be FNRttCing, so it's academic anyway.)
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2019, 01:01:30 pm »
Kelmscott is the only place I've ever stopped riding mid-audax (it was a DIY) to watch a steamroller trundle past. Very noisy, as much from the iron roller as the steam engine, but quite an impressive site (and even slower than me).
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S2L

Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2019, 02:26:46 pm »
There is nothing wrong in a 230 km audax, but given it is described as 200, the time allowed is that of a 200 and not that for a 230... which would allow a whopping extra 2 hours to complete at BR pace... I think it should be amended if you aim to attract more riders...

telstarbox

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2019, 03:24:53 pm »
Why is it listed as only 200 on Aukweb? (Other events have the true minimum distance with the corresponding time limit.)
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alfapete

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #7 on: July 28, 2019, 04:28:14 pm »
The recommended route on the Major comes in at 230km (minimum 210km) which may deter some - that's a lesson I've learnt in organising.

Time allowed will be for 210km. The recommended route is prettier and avoids main roads, but you pays your money and you takes your choice.
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StephenR

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Re: New Event: Morris Audaxes, start near Lechlade
« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2019, 06:21:27 pm »
Would like to ride this as it starts 12km from home. Unfortunately still recovering from being knocked off my bike. Have been cycling again but may need surgery soon so can’t commit to any rides.
Looks like a good route and hope it goes well.
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