Come and find out why we are Leicestershire's 'friendly' cycling club by joining us on our popular February Audax ride.
The 'Rutland and Beyond' route starts from our clubhouse in East
Leicester, and heads east over rolling roads to visit England's
smallest county, before returning via the Welland Valley and the
east Leicestershire villages. Along the way there are
rollercoaster hills, superb views, in particular over Rutland
Water and the Welland Valley, and some very pretty villages.
Back at the clubhouse will be hot and cold drinks & food.
For Audax newbies - an audax is a long-distance ride with check points that you have to visit in a given time limit. - this isn't as scary as it sounds when you understand that the minimum speed is 12km/h (less than 8mph). Two of the three checkpoints are cafes, which will enable you take a rest and refuel. You are required to navigate yourself between checkpoints, but you'll be given a routecard with directions to enable you to follow the recommended route. (Please see below for electronic files/maps of the route).
Whether you're looking to ride at a swift or leisurely pace, this rolling route has its challenges, but is achievable for a wide range of riding styles and abilities - and if you've never ridden over 100km (62miles) before, this is a great way to do it.
The event is open to all, so please invite your friends. The entry fee is £6.00, or £4.00 if you're already an AUK or CTC member - and have 3rd party insurance.
Entries are open until the 2nd Feb - or until the event is full.
Enter the event, via the Audax UK website. Click the button on the event page - http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/16-40/
To find out more about Audax: Audax UK website
To get an idea of how you can plan your ride, and the challenges ahead, here are some stats from a previous year's ride care of one of our club members (note: recording began about 1/2 mile into the ride) - Strava Rutland and Beyond ride stats
Route info can be seen on the map insert below, where you can download the route in various formats such as gpx, garmin tcx or google KML. If there are any last minute changes to the route due to roadworks etc, you will either be informed by email a week or so prior to the event or on the day.
We recommend that you do NOT totally rely on these GPS routes to navigate, it is a good idea to bring the routesheet directions provided as a backup as you will NOT receive a map on the day.
If you have any further questions please contact Kim - kimbo44hotmail.com