Avalon Sunrise 400
22/06/2012 - Clayhidon, nr Taunton - Audax
This is a 400km event under AUK rules.
The route goes from Clayhidon through Tiverton, up the Exe Valley to Wheddon Cross. Wheddon Cross is the "highest village on Exmoor". Then the route descends to the A39. There is a quick coffee stop at Minehead. The route then follows the A39 to Bridgwater. There is almost no traffic on this road at this time of night so it should be a fast smooth run.
After crossing Bridgwater (again with no traffic) the route cuts into lanes and emerges again near Glastonbury. From Bridgwater to Glastonbury the terrain is fairly flat. More lanes are used from Glastonbury to Frome. Getting near Frome means some hills and these last until Bath. There isnt an official stop at Bath but by this time the early morning coffee shops are open. The Bristol-Bath cyclepath is quiet at this time on a saturday. You will see some traffic however skirting Bristol to the east. The Severn Bridge next and after a quick stop for proof of passage in Chepstow its back again. Then through lanes to the furthest north the route goes, Wotton Under Edge
The way back is via Frome and Taunton, much of it on the A361
This event starts at pub closing time on a friday night and finishes for most people the following night. It is 400km with stops for food and proof of passage.
You will need good lights with several hours runtime as well as a road bike.
Although there is some support on the route there are long sections where it is the middle of the night and self sufficiency is expected.
Includes the internationally recognised BRM certification
Although this a long way to ride it isnt a race. The challenge is to complete the course in less than 27 hours.