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SUNRISE & SNOWDROP EXPRESS

22/02/2014 - Hartlebury, Worcestershire - Audax

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Location

Whitlenge near Hartlebury, Worcestershire

The Sunrise and Snowdrop Expresses are an institution on the winter cycling calendar. For some riders our event provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy rural Worcestershire on a crisp winter day. For others it provides the perfect motivation to get out with friends when they might otherwise be tempted to stay indoors. In recent years we have also been delighted to welcome several local racing men and women who used it for steady winter training.

The two 123km events follow the same routes but in opposite directions.  The routes follow quiet country roads with only a few short bits on main roads.  February can of course be quite cold, so we have the option of gritted alternative if road conditions are poor, assuming that the dear old County Council has sent out its gritters the night before. 

We hope you find everything you need to know about the Beacons February Audaxes in these pages. If you have any further questions please contact the organiser below. For details of what an Audax ride entails see our website at: http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/audax/express/events.html

Audaxes are self guided rides. Riders will be sent route cards via e-mail and GPS downloads are available from the Beacon website. You will need to be able to ride between 15 and 30kph average to qualify.

Parking

Parking is limited at the GHQ and some participants will need to park and ride to the start from a mile away.

Refreshments

Before the Event: The HQ will be open from 7.15am and you are welcome to purchase hot drinks and food.

On completion of the ride you will be given a FREE food voucher that will entitle you to:

  • A mug of tea or coffee
  • Beans on toast or a
  • A slice of home-made cake.

Controls

Please be aware that we have asked the cafes on our event whether they are willing to host a control. However cyclists riding the event arrive as normal customers and should use the cafe with normal courtesy. Very large numbers of riders may arrive at the same time and, despite the notice they are given, this may stretch the cafe staff to their limit. Please be patient, understand the situation the cafes are in and show due consideration to their non-cycling customers.

Car parking is tight at GHQ, so early arrivals will be asked to park a mile away and to cycle to the HQ.

        Raphaels Cafe, Evesham is a delightful cyclist friendly cafe on the banks of the River Avon serving a variety of hot & cold food.

    Bridge House Tea Rooms, Upton upon Severn has hosted our control for a couple of years now and the proprietors are very familiar with hungry cyclists needs.

The Route

The official route uses quiet country lanes between the controls, for the most part.  Whilst this part of Worcestershire does not possess any huge range of hills, it can be surprisingly lumpy and testing so early in the season.  The only hard climbs last for about five minutes when passing over a ridge to the north of Evesham known as The Lenches.  Between Evesham and Upton, the route follows the River Avon.

The contingency 'gritted route' follows B and A roads for most of the journey and is only advised when it is icy. For the most part, the roads are not too busy but riders will need to utmost care when passing through Worcester.  Of course, the grit all depends upon the Council sending out its lorries the night before!

Snow stops play

There is always a small risk of the event being officially cancelled due to all of the roads being blocked by snow, as happened in 2009. If this does happen the participants will be given the opportunity to ride under 'permanent audax conditions' at a time of their choosing within six weeks of the cancelled event.  All you will need to do, is collect proofs of passages at nominated controls and send your Brevet card to the organiser.  Entrants will be sent details if this becomes a requirement.  Refunds won't be awarded but any financial surplus made from the event will be donated to the brain injury charity, Headway. 

Some official stuff

This event is run under Audax UK regulations. It is not a race or trial of speed. You are expected to follow the rules of the road and show consideration to other road users. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with Audax UK regulations, guidance, and advice. (Members receive these via AUK publications. Others may find them on the AUK website at www.aukweb.net )

  • The route is on open public roads.
  • Some routes may be arduous.
  • It is not a race or a timed trial.
  • The route is not waymarked or marshalled.
  • You should prepare by studying the route.
  • The organiser provides no rescue service.
  • You are responsible for your safety/conduct and compliance with the Highway Code and traffic laws.
  • Please remember that the cafes are acting as hosts for our controls.
  • In the event of cancellation, as happened in 2009 due to totally ice bound roads, entry fees will be donated to charity. Fees will not be refunded.

Ride times are not published but a list of finishers will be published on the AudaxUK website.  


Event Website http://www.beaconrcc.org.uk/audax/express/index.html

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Whitlenge Gardens
Address Line 2 Whitlenge, Hartlebury
Town Kidderminster
County Worcestershire
Postcode DY10 4HD
 
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details






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This event's shortened URL is: https://cyclosport.org/4938