B Shifty 300
A Paris-Brest-Paris Qualifying BRM

A mid week X-rated BRM event with basic controls for proof of passage. Aimed at those working shifts & weekends who want a crack at PBP.

Easton, City of Bristol | Wed 17th May 2023 @ 06:00

WHEN: +iCal
Wed 17th May 2023
06:00 - 02:00
Thu 18th May 2023
WHERE:
Headquarters
Berwick Road
Easton, BS5 6NG
Validation:
BRM
B Shifty 300 1
Award Distance:
300
Total Distance:
310km
Duration:
20h0
Speeds:
15-30kph
Climb:
3303m
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
B Shifty 300 3Enquiries
BRIEF:
Rated 5.0 out of 5

A mid week X-rated BRM event with basic controls for proof of passage. Aimed at those working shifts & weekends who want a crack at PBP.

Description:

Head off over the Severn Bridge into Wales. Descend Star Hill on your way to Raglan and Abergavenny for the first control. Head east back into England going north of the Forest of Dean and cross the Severn to Tewkesbury. Vale of Evesham is up next as you make your way to the Heart of England and Shakespeare country. Collect your second proof of passage at Stratford upon Avon before heading south on the well used Greenway then on to the Cotswolds passing Broadway Tower. Follow the ancient White Way to Cirencester for the final control. Make your way back to Bristol on easy roads near the upper tracts of the Thames, before back off the Cotswolds.

Details:

X-rated in its purest with no controllers or designated stops; ATMs, shops or cafes available at free controls to collect a receipt. This mid week event is aimed at those wanting to do PBP who don’t have time at the weekends.

Like or loath* it? Let others know.
*Whilst I like to think I can affect the weather alas that is beyond my control...

What others think.

Greate Route, Magnificent (and superstar) organiser

Rated 5.0 out of 5
14th May 2023

A tough day > night > day ! Made to feel very welcome. Incredible how much time Will gives to organise the events and put himself out to help others. Thank You !

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Dan

Great route and faultless organisation

Rated 5.0 out of 5
14th April 2023

A series of midweek events is perfect for those of us who struggle to get away at the weekends and I’m hugely grateful to the organizer. The event ran just as smoothly as you’d expect based on the user friendliness of this website and the route was great – challenging without being daft and lots of smaller roads through an area of the country that I was not as all familiar with. Route cards and gpx were spot on, as was the friendly welcome on my return to the hq. Weather was dreadful, but you can’t have it all! I’ll be back for more later in the year 👍

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Tom


Bookings aren't available; either I haven't opened entry yet or if after 15/05/23 then they have closed.


You are attending this event.

The following ride details are currently: CONFIRMED - all details have been updated. You will be notified by email of any last minute changes made here.



  • Please flick through the following tabs fully and make any preparations before the event.
  • Route files & links will be found under the 'Route' tab.
  • The event/route specific information will be finalised usually the Monday before the event and you will get an email reminder 3 days prior from bookings-noreply@pedalution.co.uk - add it to your address book to save any disappointment.
  • Should you be unable to attend the event I have enabled cancellation from 'My Bookings'. This will aid me in keeping controls informed as to how many to expect and also reduce wastage when printing the brevet cards. Remember there is no option to refund or transfer if you are unable to attend.
  • You will receive your brevet card at the start. Should you start the ride and be unable to finish my phone number is within; please drop me a text with your full name to let me know you won't be finishing so volunteers and myself aren't waiting around longer than necessary at controls and the finish.
  • Any queries please use GWRaudax@pedalution.co.uk subject 300sty Query so I can filter them easily.

New to audax? Have a look at Audax UK's About for an overview & FAQs for commonly asked questions.

  • Until the route is finalised the interactive map above will give you an idea of where you are going.
  • It is advisable to study the route notes prior to the event for further details; especially if you are just using a GPX breadcrumb trail to navigate. These are also the 'cuesheet' within the RWGPS route; zoom the map to your desired level, click on a cue and it will focus the map at that cue.
  • Every effort is made to identify road closures before the event and provide alternatives where necessary; however I can not account for any emergency closures that are required.
  • A variety of surfaces may be encountered, some may be as smooth as a baby's bum, others potholed nightmares, or somewhere in between; if any unmetalled sections are used this will be noted in the Event Info above and now visible as 'unpaved' within RWGPS.
  • I do my utmost to select low traffic routes but there may be times busier sections are required.
  • Mudguards aren't mandatory but if you can fit them why wouldn't you?
  • I would always recommend a set of lights as you never know what could happen.
  • Similarly consider carrying 2 space blankets; they cost nothing, are tiny, and can keep you and an other warm should the unfortunate happen.
EXTRA DETAILS:

A couple of things to consider:

  • 0.5-1.0km | Route uses a shared path that weaves across the OWS, over a couple of RBT exits and rejoins the road at a pedestrain crossing at M32 off slip. Take the time to have a look at the route beforehand to familiarise yourself with this section.
  • 188-195km | Unmetalled shared railway path. Everytime I have used this it has fine on a road bike. There may be a few puddles. An alternative is to use the B4632 adjacent to east.
Route Files:
CSV

CSV route notes - these can be edited in any spreadsheet software.

PDF

PDF route notes - a version with maps is available in linked RWGPS route (no account necessary to use the official PDF - use 'More v') or the event.

GPX

GPX with control waypoints - if re-uploading to an online planner please make private so as not to confuse others in the future - use this tool to split at waypoints and/or simplify.

RWGPS Links:
Event

RWGPS Event - at least a free account needed but you will get full premium features, including offline maps & voice nav for the app, regardless of your subscription level. To sync to your device (Wahoo, Garmin Edge) you need to join this first.

Route

RWGPS Route - no account needed but you will lack a few advanced features such as early turn warnings.

See the RWGPS App for my tips to use your phone for navigation and maximising battery life.

Troubleshooting:
  • Can't copy the RWGPS route to your account? I have disabled this so should any changes be necessary there is the one correct version.
  • I do not provide technical services for your device having never used anything other than the RWGPS app.
  • Can't add it to Garmin Connect? It isn't an activity. Transfer it to your Garmin via USB.
  • Can't send to your device? Join the RWGPS event.
EXTRA DETAILS:
My house. If you want to leave a bag that is fine. I should be in when you get back and can do a hot drink for you. If not I won't be gone long, if you can't wait just pop your completed brevet card with receipts in the bag and through the door.
Start:

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before the depart time to collect your brevet card.

Headquarters - opens new tab for map.
Berwick Road, Easton, City of Bristol, BS5 6NG

Access:

  • Bike - Easily accessible from the Frome Way, a couple on minutes from the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
  • Car - M32 J2 - use Easton turning immediately before M32 slip going into town.
  • Train - Stapleton Road station in a few hundred metres away. Otherwise Bristol Temple Meads and Parkway.

Parking:
On street near by - Alternatively use Bristol Parkway long stay

Food & Drink:
Food available.
Usually a vegan rice based dish for a meal.
Unless specified otherwise above.

Accommodation:
YHA located in the centre.

Finish:

As above. - opens new tab for map & a few details.

Route Controls:

  • @0km | 06:00 | DEPART: EASTON - 19 Berwick Rd, BS5 6NG
  • @65km | 08:10-10:20 | CONTROL: ABERGAVENNY [FREE] - collect receipt
  • @186km | 12:12-18:24 | CONTROL: STRATFORD UPON AVON [FREE] - collect receipt
  • @250km | 14:20-22:40 | CONTROL: CIRENCESTER [FREE] - collect receipt
  • @310km | 16:44-02:00 | ARRIVEE: EASTON - 19 Berwick Rd

Knock on my door when you get back. If for any reason I'm out it will only be for a short time; just pop your completed brevet card with receipts in the bag and through the door.

Please note the 'minimum speed' is 15kph through the controls but being a BRM event you have 20h00 to finish in; this actually equates to 15.5kph overall.

This is what 'audax' is all about. Travelling between controls to collect proof of passage (PoP) to prove you have cycled the distance. The above controls are found in your brevet card, the route notes, as POIs with the route, and waypoints with the GPX. Your brevet card it to be filled out as you progress around the route. PoP is obtained in several ways. It is highly recommended you carry a pen or pencil to fill your brevet card as you go; if it is a long event numbering any receipts to correspond with the control number will save you time later, then keeping them in order is next level!

Types of control:
  • CONTROL - a place or venue where you obtain PoP which can be done in several ways. You will be able to get food and/or drink, also WC will be available.
    • Manned - a volunteer or venue member of staff will stamp your card providing PoP. All controls are thus unless specified as...
    • Free - you must obtain PoP from that place that has a time and date, usually a receipt from a cafe, shop or ATM.
  • INFO - a question found in your brevet card that is relevent to the location needs to be answered and recorded.
  • CHECKPOINT - similar to a control but there may not be any facilities present.
  • SECRET - now that would be telling wouldn't it!
USING YOUR PHONE & RWGPS APP:

I use the RWGPS app on my phone to navigate audax events by using spoken cues, I also use it to route check and proof my route notes. This IMHO is the best of all worlds. I don't need to look at a screen (but I can check if I want), I get clear directions when needed (you may need to get used to my shorthand which gets spoken as such), I get a warning if I'm off route, the battery lasts a lot longer than constantly using the screen; especially nowadays as phone batteries are getting bigger plus many are able to rapid charge in a short amount of time. All you need is a good case and mount for inclement weather.

  • Install the app.
  • Join the event.
  • Go to the route.
  • Send to device.
  • Open app and confirm download.
  • In settings (exact location varies depending on iOS or Android) to optomise for best battery use:
    • Logging - adjust interval: every 10s is best for the battery, logs your ride but won't get you any KOMs; every 1s uses 10x more battery power to write data but may get you a KOM if you pedal quick.
    • Navigation - Spoken alerts ON | Off-course alerts ON | others at your discretion.
    • Handlebar mode ENABLED - this will keep RWGPS above any screen lock so you can recall it if needed by pressing power button or similar.
    • Handlebar mode - Screen OFF for cues | Proximity Wake OFF (otherwise changes in light will turn the screen on) | Keep screen on NEVER.
    • Offline mode ENABLED - when you start riding.
  • Better still use flight/aeroplane mode whilst riding.
  • You can adjust the text-speech settings via your phone settings; the type of voice, playback speed etc.

Most of the battery drain on a phone is from the screen. By using voice commands you eliminate this but can still view the map if needs be. The second biggest drain whilst cycling is the phone itself searching for a signal as you move between cell towers; putting the phone into flight/aeroplane mode whilst moving solves this problem; you can easily turn data back on to #tag that #CAKE at the next stop!

ANDROID:

Make sure battery optimisation is turned off otherwise Android will recognise RWGPS as an excessive battery drain and can limit its functionality. This will be particularily evident if you stop for a bit without GPS signal then continue; the app will appear to be functioning correctly but Android will limit it and data can be lost from the stop point until the app is restarted. There may be a similar feature in iOS.

  • Settings >Apps.
  • Find RWGPS and expand Advanced >Battery.
  • If it says optomised then select and wait for all apps to load.
  • Make sure the apps displayed are 'All apps', find RWGPS and select.
  • Select 'Don't optimise'. Exit settings.

You have agreed to and declared that at the time of the ride...

  • You have no symptoms relating to COVID-19.
  • That you are not self-isolating.
  • That you are not required to quarantine during the period of the event.
  • That no local or other regulations prohibit you from attending this event.
  • You agree that if you develop any such symptoms before the event you will not attend.
  • You agree that if I develop any such symptoms immediately after the event I shall inform the organiser.

Please follow any wishes of private establishments en route. I highly recommend carrying a mask/buff/scarf etc for the simple act of covering your face if needed when indoors. Any specifics requested by controls will be noted in the control tab.

Audax UK's current policy can be found here.