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Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« on: 22 July, 2022, 07:43:13 am »
Audax Club Mid-Essex and The Compasses, Littley Green present the Hopstock Audaxes on Saturday 20th August 2022.

200, 120 and 50km routes starting at 08:00, 09:00 and 10:00 respectively. Audax/Beer Festival car parking nearby, camping, b&b at the pub and Beer Festival catering from 07:00. £5 entry fee via audax.uk
A good opportunity for a post-LEL meeting and late summer wind-down.

The 200km is based on the 'Bricks and Moretaine' permanent, with controls at Jordan's Mill cafe, Broom near Biggleswade, Marston Moretaine (free control) and Spoke cyclists' cafe near Codicote. The 120km is and out-and-back route to Spoke and the 50km features a delightful pootle (at 8.3kph minimum speed!) to the legendary Blue Egg cyclists' cafe near Great Bardfield.

Routesheets and further info on audax.uk with gps tracks available to riders nearer the time.

Beer Festival info at : http://www.compasseslittleygreen.co.uk/

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #1 on: 23 July, 2022, 09:11:34 am »
hmmmm...
Regards,

Joergen

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #2 on: 23 July, 2022, 10:57:15 am »
Entered.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #3 on: 23 July, 2022, 08:23:46 pm »
An appeal for controllers at Jordans Mill cafe and Spoke: I had a local volunteer in mind for the latter, but it's not worked out - however the cafe staff now say they are happy to stamp and time brevets themselves and it's a long stint for both rides (11:28 - 17:16 combined). Whereas at Jordan's it's just from 10:32 to 13:04 for the 200km. Possibly a controller could be on the event, leave an hour or so early and then carry on to complete the ride after the last riders are through, and then be back at the Compasses for a few pints on expenses!

Jordan's has some bike parking (Sheffield-type stands), but I feel needs someone to keep order there as there's a large outdoor seating area with railings by the mill pond and associated buildings. Spoke is of course well equipped with parking infrastructure

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #4 on: 24 July, 2022, 08:57:16 am »
I’ve asked my helper on my audax yesterday if he fancies manning Spoke for half the shift. We would then be able to cover it between us. A week after LEL I’d be happy with a short ride to Spoke, as one of my recovery rides.  Watch this space, should have an answer today or tomorrow.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #5 on: 24 July, 2022, 09:42:46 am »
I’ve asked my helper on my audax yesterday if he fancies manning Spoke for half the shift. We would then be able to cover it between us. A week after LEL I’d be happy with a short ride to Spoke, as one of my recovery rides.  Watch this space, should have an answer today or tomorrow.

 :thumbsup: Cheers Phil!

Spoke have everything you'll need control-wise: rubber stamp, extra event signage ... and food + drink on expenses. Mechanical assistance for riders too, if required. I'll send you some funds when you confirm.

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #6 on: 24 July, 2022, 01:24:02 pm »
Heard back from my helper.  That’s a positive, we can control Spoke for the times stated. We will split into a first shift and second shift, with a short overlap for handover.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #7 on: 24 July, 2022, 06:51:14 pm »
Excellent, thanks!  :thumbsup:

Still need someone, maybe a rider on the 200km event for Jordan's Mill.

felstedrider

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #8 on: 24 July, 2022, 07:48:03 pm »
Excellent, thanks!  :thumbsup:

Still need someone, maybe a rider on the 200km event for Jordan's Mill.

Put me down.  Family’s away so I have no need to rush round.  I’m on tour from next weekend for a week but should be recovered enough by the 20th.

I’ll just need to pop round and collect a card during the week.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #9 on: 24 July, 2022, 08:26:57 pm »
Excellent, thanks!  :thumbsup:

Still need someone, maybe a rider on the 200km event for Jordan's Mill.

Put me down.  Family’s away so I have no need to rush round.  I’m on tour from next weekend for a week but should be recovered enough by the 20th.

I’ll just need to pop round and collect a card during the week.

Many thanks - I'll be back from LEL the week before if you want to get a brevet and stamp then - otherwise I'll be at the Compasses from 07:00 on 20th Aug. I can send you AUK control signs/arrows or you can get them off the website?

felstedrider

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #10 on: 24 July, 2022, 08:38:18 pm »
Excellent, thanks!  :thumbsup:

Still need someone, maybe a rider on the 200km event for Jordan's Mill.

Put me down.  Family’s away so I have no need to rush round.  I’m on tour from next weekend for a week but should be recovered enough by the 20th.

I’ll just need to pop round and collect a card during the week.

Many thanks - I'll be back from LEL the week before if you want to get a brevet and stamp then - otherwise I'll be at the Compasses from 07:00 on 20th Aug. I can send you AUK control signs/arrows or you can get them off the website?

I’ll either pop by Friday as I usually WFH (early evening ?) or I’ll drop by the pub at 7am and set straight off.   It’s a few weeks away so I’ll drop you a line closer to the time and confirm.

I’m supposed to be meeting a mate at Spokes as well so I won’t finish terribly early.

felstedrider

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #11 on: 25 July, 2022, 08:28:21 am »
Incidentally, Stebbing Road is closed by the school.   Proper closed as you can't get through by bike.   We have a few weeks yet so will keep an eye out.

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #12 on: 27 July, 2022, 01:43:46 pm »
An appeal for controllers at Jordans Mill cafe and Spoke: I had a local volunteer in mind for the latter, but it's not worked out
I'm really sorry to be the "not worked out" - I simply have to be at home that weekend, for the reasons I explained to Tomsk. But I learnt last night, at the club 10, that a couple of my clubmates have chosen this as their first foray into Audaxes. Hopefully all my posts on the club Facebook page about the rides I've done are bearing a little fruit at last. I'm just sorry it's not one I can do.

So do watch out for them everyone :-)

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #13 on: 17 August, 2022, 07:51:00 am »
... But I learnt last night, at the club 10, that a couple of my clubmates have chosen this as their first foray into Audaxes. Hopefully all my posts on the club Facebook page about the rides I've done are bearing a little fruit at last. I'm just sorry it's not one I can do.

So do watch out for them everyone :-)

I've had a few enquiries from clubs and riders not normally seen on our events. Good to see some new faces. Could it be the siren call of BEER?

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #14 on: 17 August, 2022, 08:21:36 am »
Could it be the siren call of BEER?

I think you may be onto something there!

Quick question on the breakfast. It is described as a 'simple breakfast'. What will this entail? I'm just conscious that the Compasses staff will no doubt be busy, but wanted to know in advance if what is available will be sufficient, as I'm riding most of my ECE before the event and will need an energy boost. I can bring my own supplies if needed.

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felstedrider

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #15 on: 17 August, 2022, 01:24:33 pm »
Please, nobody rush.

I have to get to Jordans Mill before the rest of you.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #16 on: 18 August, 2022, 08:26:47 am »
You will get there before me, as I'm not riding  ;D
Though all being well I should turn up for the beer/cider/vibes mid afternoon; en velo, natch. 
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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #17 on: 18 August, 2022, 10:43:54 am »
Sorry but I will have to be a non-starter.

Feeling rough today.  Negative Covid test today but might not be tomorrow or by the weekend.

Now having to self-isolate at home just in case.

Have a good ride everyone.  Gutted to not be there.

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #18 on: 18 August, 2022, 09:37:44 pm »
Looking forwards to this. Home roads and first Audax since April/May.  Was getting itchy watching all the boys and girls spinning through the St Ives LEL control.  May have to buy a beer after to celebrate.

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #19 on: 18 August, 2022, 11:52:34 pm »
Tomsk, if you get a chance to bring a Flatliner perm brevet along on Saturday then I will pay you and sort the entry form / SAEs after I get back from the 200 if that’s ok.  It will save me trusting it to Royal Mail given the pending disruption.


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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #20 on: 19 August, 2022, 06:35:28 am »
Could it be the siren call of BEER?

I think you may be onto something there!

Quick question on the breakfast. It is described as a 'simple breakfast'. What will this entail? I'm just conscious that the Compasses staff will no doubt be busy, but wanted to know in advance if what is available will be sufficient, as I'm riding most of my ECE before the event and will need an energy boost. I can bring my own supplies if needed.

Ask Josser? Bacon rolls was suggested - I don't think any of the Compasses staff will be on duty that early, so just our Landlord catering for breakfast.

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #21 on: 19 August, 2022, 06:36:01 am »
Tomsk, if you get a chance to bring a Flatliner perm brevet along on Saturday then I will pay you and sort the entry form / SAEs after I get back from the 200 if that’s ok.  It will save me trusting it to Royal Mail given the pending disruption.

Will do.

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #22 on: 19 August, 2022, 07:16:33 am »
Could it be the siren call of BEER?

I think you may be onto something there!

Quick question on the breakfast. It is described as a 'simple breakfast'. What will this entail? I'm just conscious that the Compasses staff will no doubt be busy, but wanted to know in advance if what is available will be sufficient, as I'm riding most of my ECE before the event and will need an energy boost. I can bring my own supplies if needed.

Ask Josser? Bacon rolls was suggested - I don't think any of the Compasses staff will be on duty that early, so just our Landlord catering for breakfast.

I did manage to pose the question at the end of the Wednesday evening talk. All sounds good, so I'm looking forward to my second breakfast already!

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Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #23 on: 19 August, 2022, 08:14:40 am »
Things not going totaly to plan this week and starting my tour early doors Sunday means I am unable to partake, even though it was only the 50km one I was considering :(

I do hope to be along on Saturday at somepoint though, just need to not get too carried away (famous last words etc... )  :facepalm:
Regards,

Joergen

Re: Hopstock Audaxes 20/08/2022
« Reply #24 on: 19 August, 2022, 12:55:12 pm »
I will see some of you on the 200 as I’m controlling at Spoke , Codicote . Howard is covering the early shift which covers the 120 riders and faster 200 riders. Looks like a nice forecast to spend the afternoon sitting in a cafe, stamping cards as you come through.

I note the 120 is pretty much mostly my ECE route when doing Tomsk events. ;D