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Wowbagger

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Witham Westerly
« on: 30 March, 2008, 11:59:03 pm »
I'm intending to have a go at this.

Anyone else?
Bach without a doubt.

RogerT

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #1 on: 31 March, 2008, 07:11:11 am »
I will be entering the 150.

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #2 on: 01 April, 2008, 11:32:11 am »
Planning on doing the 200...
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #3 on: 01 April, 2008, 11:33:58 am »
Entered the 100 with a view to making it a DIY 300 by riding to/from the start.

Fidgetbuzz

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #4 on: 02 April, 2008, 08:42:16 pm »
I'm in too thought I was doing the 200 - but might talk to Chris and see whether we can combine on his 300
I was an accountant until I discovered Audax !!

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #5 on: 02 April, 2008, 08:47:09 pm »
I'm in too thought I was doing the 200 - but might talk to Chris and see whether we can combine on his 300

Let it be known - I'm stopping for at least half an hour at any cafe we find  :thumbsup:  ;).

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #6 on: 03 April, 2008, 11:02:08 am »
I'm going for the 200 - my first. Must get my application form and cheque in the post! Does anyone know the aproximate route?

Wowbagger

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #7 on: 04 April, 2008, 12:48:38 pm »
I've gone for the 100. I'm intending to ride from home, which will bump it up to 100 miles for the day.

It all depends on the sate of my knees.
Bach without a doubt.

Fidgetbuzz

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #8 on: 07 April, 2008, 07:30:49 pm »
Anyone seen a route sheet yet?
How about gps files from past?
I was an accountant until I discovered Audax !!

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #9 on: 07 April, 2008, 08:10:41 pm »
Anyone seen a route sheet yet?
How about gps files from past?

Nothing yet.

RogerT

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #10 on: 08 April, 2008, 11:52:22 am »
Nothing received here either.  Bit of a worry.

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #11 on: 08 April, 2008, 12:39:31 pm »
Mine has arrived this morning  :thumbsup:

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #12 on: 09 April, 2008, 12:44:14 pm »
Got mine this morning.
Anyone got a gps of route
I was an accountant until I discovered Audax !!

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #13 on: 09 April, 2008, 01:54:53 pm »
Got mine this morning.
Anyone got a gps of route

Only the 100 I'm afraid.

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #14 on: 09 April, 2008, 02:23:05 pm »
Got mine this morning.
Anyone got a gps of route
If the routes are the same as last year then this Essex DA, SEG, member has the Tracklog routes here, CLICKY. Just scroll down to the date and select your distance. He used to do GPX as well but they don't seem to have a link now!
HTH

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #15 on: 09 April, 2008, 02:42:09 pm »
Like a fool, I never got round to entering this. Do you they'll mind if I just rock up on the day, cash in hand?
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #16 on: 09 April, 2008, 02:46:04 pm »
Like a fool, I never got round to entering this. Do you they'll mind if I just rock up on the day, cash in hand?

I'd phone the organiser first, his number is listed on the Audax calendar entry. There's a 100 person entry limit for the 200km ride which usually means the cafes involved can't cope with huge numbers.

Entries on-the-line can be a big headache for organisers.

Don't forget to take exact change for entry (including the £2 temporary membership fee), C5 SAE and entry form. I've seen people turned away from entering on the line because they didn't have an entry form.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #17 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:03:10 pm »
I'll email the guy. He's fairly local, so I could do what I did last time which was to go round the guy's house and give him the relevant paper work in person a few days before!

If I was turned away on the day, what's stopping me just tagging along? As long as I didn't stop at the cafe controls, take any food or drink laid on and just found a pub en route or whatever I'm not breaking any rules? I can ride where I like. Free country, innit!?  ;)
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #18 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:09:48 pm »
If I was turned away on the day, what's stopping me just tagging along? As long as I didn't stop at the cafe controls, take any food or drink laid on and just found a pub en route or whatever I'm not breaking any rules? I can ride where I like. Free country, innit!?  ;)

Discussed before: http://www.anothercyclingforum.com/index.php?topic=40767.0

Audax Rule 5.9 is an interesting one. I doubt it would ever be enforced though.
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #19 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:19:41 pm »
Bobb, I'm ahead of you - I already emailed the guy about entering on the day, I'll let you know what he says - I also didn't get my entry form in.

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #20 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:25:10 pm »
Discussed before: http://www.anothercyclingforum.com/index.php?topic=40767.0

Audax Rule 5.9 is an interesting one. I doubt it would ever be enforced though.

Yeah, it would be out of order to turn up and not even bother to enter if you could. It would also be out of order to use any facilities/eat food/drink drink laid on by the organisers. Also to stop at cafe controls as the event has a limit to stop them being swamped.

I want to enter and hopefully I'll be able to on the day....
Those wonderful norks are never far from my thoughts, oh yeah!

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #21 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:33:26 pm »
Having ridden it last year, and still not having got around to entering this year's, I'm also watching the Entry on Line discussion.


But I won't be stopping at the cafe's this year...   Especially the transport cafe halfway round. :sick:

Chris S

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #22 on: 09 April, 2008, 03:45:33 pm »
Especially the transport cafe halfway round. :sick:

Not the Red Lodge caff is it? Lovely place.

Foul mouthed racist bigots Salt of the Earth truckers in there last time I visited. I was late on in a DIY 300, and it was ipssing with rain. They thought I was barking. I could only agree...

Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #23 on: 09 April, 2008, 04:03:11 pm »
Can't remember the place name.

All food on the menu (of the bacon roll etc variety) was off.  The chef, in his grimy whites, was consenting to making microwaved bacon rolls in the end though.

I went back a fortnight later as a DIY repeat of the route (not claiming any DIY points, just re-riding the route for fun).  Again, only seemed to be serving full Sunday lunches, not snacks.   He said he could do a chicken breast in a baguette though (well, I think that's what he grumpily muttered).

I first saw the bread scrunched up in his dirty hand as he brought it from the back room through the cafe to the open plan kitchen area.  When it hit my plate the bread was warm and wet (I think it'd been microwaved) and the chicken was...  well a funny colour and crunchy.  I think it'd been cooked on the same hotplate that everything else had been cooked on that day.

RogerT

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Re: Witham Westerly
« Reply #24 on: 10 April, 2008, 08:38:51 am »
Is it my imagination, or is the 150 a bit convoluted.  I spent ages last night trying to put it into my Garmin.  Not sure I have got it right even now.