Another Kent Valley initiative is a series of Audax style rides which we hope will entice sportive fans to try something different: navigating and not just following direction arrows! Our own super Audax man, Paul Latham, did the Paris Brest Paris ride in 2015 and is going to be heavily involved with Bruce Barnes in rolling out this latest project.
Audax is a cycling event in which participants attempt to cycle long distances within a pre-defined time limit. They are non-competitive events; success is measured by its completion. Riders are provided a route card and required to pass through control points to confirm they have ridden the full route. Note there is no 'broom wagon' that are often provided on sportives.
For 2017 we are running 6 Audax style events throughout the year:
Sun 2nd April 2017 100k Audax 9:00 from KRUFC
The first in the series of audax events run by Kent Valley Road Club will be the 100km "Kirkstone Pass Circuit", starting from Kendal Rugby Club on Shap Road. The route heads out to Orton and Shap, on to Pooley Bridge taking in the iconic climb of Kirkstone Pass, then back to Kendal via Staveley.
Route details and GPX are available at - https://www.plotaroute.com/route/382356
Event open to all riders, £3 for members and £4 for non-members which includes brew at the start and food when you finish.
Sun 7th May 2017 100 Audax 9:00 from KRUFC
Next up the 100k Audax on Sunday, 09:00 from Kendal Rugby Club, Shap Road.
Sun 4th June 2017 100k/200k Audax 8.00am KRUFC
Everyone has heard of the Fred Whitton Challenge Sportive and numerous other rides tackling the Lake District's many road passes, but how about trying a new, anti-clockwise 207 kilometre Tour Du Lakes route in our June 4th Audax?
The 200k ride starts at 8am from Kendal Rugby Club (hopefully the club's new complex if it's ready by then) with free parking, tea and toilets, and offers spectacular views of the Lakeland scenery while avoiding all major passes.
You head north to Penrith, before skirting the Northern fells to Cockermouth. Then, in the afternoon you pedal past the Western fells and into the beautiful Duddon Valley before looping round the Cartmel Peninsula. There are "refuelling" cafes at Penrith, Cockermouth, Ennerdale Bridge, Santon Bridge, and shops in Broughton-in-Furness and Grange-over-Sands, plus food at the finish.
Controls at Newton Rigg (Penrith), Cockermouth, Gosforth/Santon Bridge, plus one information control at Flookborough. As this is an Audax UK event the speed limits are strictly between 15k and 30kph (9mph to 18mph average) - it is not a race; finish by 9.48pm. To enter click -http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-489/
The more relaxed 100k Wyre Whirl heads South leaving the Rugby Club at 9am on a 109k loop with a cafe stop at Hollins Lane near Forton. Your return North is a leisurely ride via Lancaster and the Kellets to meet the outbound route near Milnthorpe to finish by 4.16pm. To enter click - http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-490/
How much? AUK members pay £5 and non-members £7 to cover temporary, on the day, membership.
Sat 1st July 2017 100k Audax 9:00 from KRUFC
Our next club audax ride (100k) will be from the Sedbergh Cyclefest field on Saturday (yes, Saturday to avoid clashing with next day's cyclefest sportive) July 1st at 9am. The route is: Hardraw, Buttertubs, Keld, Tan Hill, Brough, the Musgraves, Soulby, Newbiggin on Lune, Ravenstonedale, Sedbergh and it is spot on 100k. I test rode it today and there is 5,750ft of climbing, but the reward for that is a succession of spectacular Dales views. It's a belter.
Sun 6th Aug 2017 160k Audax 9:00 from KRUFC
100 mile audax ride from Kendal Rugby Club this coming Sunday, August 6th, starting at 9am. Bruce has a course taking us into the North East of Cumbria so a chance to explore unfamiliar territory while clocking up "controls". Usual procedure: £3 for club members, £4 for guests, and don't forget some money for lunch!
Sun 10th Sept 2017 100k Audax 8:30 KRUFC
Sorry folks, no audax on Sunday after all, but there will be a club ride: meet at the Leisure Centre ready to leave at 9:00am.