Author Topic: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020  (Read 1363 times)

Edonbike

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Hi all, a heads up for 3 new Audax rides offered by CyclingUK Reading, starting from Caversham on 25th April 2020 (Saturday). Rides are themed as Tributes to UK Science Pioneers.

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200km: A Tribute to Alan Turing
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-171/
208km ride as a tribute to Alan TURING, the father of Theoretical Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. The route loops around Bletchley Park and returns via The Chilterns AONB.
 
100km: A Tribute to Robert Boyle
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-708/
107km ride via Oxford University College as a Tribute to Robert BOYLE, the father of Modern Chemistry and discoverer of Boyle’s Gas Law.
 
50km: A Tribute to Johnson & Matthey
http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-709/
55km ride as a Tribute to Percival JOHNSON & George MATTHEY - the 19th century metallurgy pioneers. A scenic ride on quiet roads and country lanes exploring the foothills of Chilterns AONB and returning via Johnson Matthey Technology Centre at Sonning Common. Generous time allowance of up to 5h 30min to encourage first-time Audaxers and leisurely riders.
 
Nearest station is Reading mainline, which is a well-connected across the country and is less than a mile from start. Registration fee supports 2 charities – Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Launchpad Reading. Rides start/finish at St Anne’s Church, Caversham (RG4 5AB). Free on-street parking or paid council parking nearby. Breakfast at start and food at the finish are included in the entry fee.
 
Looking forward to welcoming you on one of these rides!  :thumbsup:
Tribute Audax : 50, 100 and 200km Audax ride in the Chilterns, starting from Reading. 25 April 2020. www.TributeAudax.uk

Edonbike

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2020, 09:17:10 am »
Entries have started arriving for all 3 rides - thanks to those who have registered so far   :thumbsup:

We’ve got a shiny new website for this event

www.TributeAudax.uk
Tribute Audax : 50, 100 and 200km Audax ride in the Chilterns, starting from Reading. 25 April 2020. www.TributeAudax.uk

Karla

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2020, 11:17:45 am »
Will the routesheet for the 200 be encrypted?

Phil W

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2020, 11:51:07 am »
Will the routesheet for the 200 be encrypted?

Most route sheets generally are

Edonbike

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #4 on: January 15, 2020, 01:23:40 pm »
Will the routesheet for the 200 be encrypted?

Yes will be and still readable  :)
Tribute Audax : 50, 100 and 200km Audax ride in the Chilterns, starting from Reading. 25 April 2020. www.TributeAudax.uk

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2020, 07:19:17 pm »
Anyone riding the 200 from Oxford? Grateful for a lift, happy to share expense  8)

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2020, 07:25:15 pm »
Hopefully I'll be free for one of these :)

Is the Johnson Matthey place hosting you specially? Looks like a fun checkpoint location.

Probably ride down to do the 100, or get the train for the 200. (it's the more appealing route, as it gets me further off my local patch  :thumbsup: )

Anyone riding the 200 from Oxford? Grateful for a lift, happy to share expense  8)
If you can ride down to Didcot, I'll give you a tow - no charge  ;)
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Edonbike

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2020, 06:24:02 am »
Hopefully I'll be free for one of these :)

Is the Johnson Matthey place hosting you specially? Looks like a fun checkpoint location.

Probably ride down to do the 100, or get the train for the 200. (it's the more appealing route, as it gets me further off my local patch  :thumbsup: )

Great if you'd join mattc  :thumbsup:

Johnson Matthey is a control and the site is hosting riders offering refreshments etc (and possibly a brief on the history of the company and its founders).
Tribute Audax : 50, 100 and 200km Audax ride in the Chilterns, starting from Reading. 25 April 2020. www.TributeAudax.uk

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2020, 08:42:33 am »
If you can ride down to Didcot, I'll give you a tow - no charge  ;)

Thank you Matt  :thumbsup:

Not sure if I have the bravery to pile up miles on top 200 which is my first ;D Anyhow registered and taking the baby steps. How do people cope up with mental block for 200s?

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2020, 08:09:48 pm »
Anyone got advice on trains from London for these? The obvious one is Great Western from Paddington, but they need reservations, which is always an extra pain. I think I can get a local service that's a bit slower? I'd be riding across from Kings Cross, so other London stations are possible.

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2020, 10:48:00 pm »
Anyone got advice on trains from London for these? The obvious one is Great Western from Paddington, but they need reservations, which is always an extra pain.

If you're taking a fast train from Paddington to Reading (25 minutes or so), you need to reserve your bike on a specific service.  In my experience, staff at Paddington won't let you board without a reservation (but staff at Reading don't care).  You can take any slow train (about an hour) without a reservation.

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #11 on: February 18, 2020, 08:58:49 am »
Anyone got advice on trains from London for these? The obvious one is Great Western from Paddington, but they need reservations, which is always an extra pain.

If you're taking a fast train from Paddington to Reading (25 minutes or so), you need to reserve your bike on a specific service.  In my experience, staff at Paddington won't let you board without a reservation (but staff at Reading don't care).  You can take any slow train (about an hour) without a reservation.

Also no weekend restrictions or booking on the much slower but normally cheaper Waterloo-Reading line.

https://www.southwesternrailway.com/~/media/files/travelling-with-us/on-board/bicycles/bicycle-restriction-map.pdf


Edonbike

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Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #12 on: February 24, 2020, 08:01:00 pm »
How do people cope up with mental block for 200s?

Everyone will have a tale to share but the most common ones are thinking only about the distance to next control, riding with a buddy, listening to music etc. I do all of the above yet still there are low times especially if the weather is carp. Chilterns in spring is very scenic so every climb will be an opportunity to slow down and peek at the natural beauty. Just relax and sure you'll enjoy your maiden 200. If you can introduce yourself at the start I'll cheer you too  ;D
Tribute Audax : 50, 100 and 200km Audax ride in the Chilterns, starting from Reading. 25 April 2020. www.TributeAudax.uk

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #13 on: February 24, 2020, 08:29:53 pm »
... thinking only about the distance to next control...
Definitely this. Or some other short-term objective. On last Saturday's 100km, I spent the first 20km thinking only about the distance to the bottom of the first hill, and completely blanked out the fact that there were 80km to go after that, not to mention that I had to climb the aforesaid hill ;D

Then focused only on the hill, then picked on a village some miles away, and repeated the process. And so on. I'm still not sure whether I've noticed that I've finished, two days later ;D ;D

Phil W

Re: Brand New 200, 100 & 50km Audax rides from Reading on 25 Apr 2020
« Reply #14 on: February 24, 2020, 08:36:46 pm »
Or don’t even think about distance. Just ride your bike at a pace / intensity you can sustain, eat and drink as necessary and enjoy the places the event is taking you.  Not thinking about distance is obviously somewhat easy if you are navigating by GPS.