Chalke & Cheese 200
A Paris-Brest-Paris Qualifying BRM

Day and night, fast and slow! Beautiful valleys including the Chalke with the odd hill thrown in; plus Cheddar Gorge, maybe in the dark with its looming walls. Stunning views en route, you may just see The Needles…

Warmley, City of Bristol | Sat 14th Jan 2023 @ 07:00

BRIEF:

Day and night, fast and slow! Beautiful valleys including the Chalke with the odd hill thrown in; plus Cheddar Gorge, maybe in the dark with its looming walls. Stunning views en route, you may just see The Needles…

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 14th January 2023
07:00 - 20:30
WHERE:
Warmley Station
Bristol And Bath Railway Path
Warmley, BS30 5JB
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Validation:
BRM
Award Distance:
200
Total Distance:
209km
Speeds:
15-30kph
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
Climb:
2450m
Duration:
13h30
Entry closes:
12/01/23
Entry:
£8.00
Route:

Route notes and a variety of navigation files will be available usually the Monday before the event. Use the interactive map for an overview of what lies ahead (subject to change); toggle the elevation & grade on/off by clicking the key. *Please note plugin's 'grade' is experimental so take it with a pinch of salt.

Event Information

description:

Heading out from Warmley Station along the Bristol to Bath Railway Path and through the 2Tunnels under Combe Down you will make your way into Wiltshire and cruise down the amazing virtually traffic free Wylye Valley, which the still operational GWR Wessex Main Line follows to the historic town of Wilton with its Italianate Church. Hopping over to the Chalke Valley, named after a small tributary to the River Ebble emerging at Broad Chalke, you head towards Shaftesbury after a couple of climbs; the first onto Charlton Down on a section of old Roman road between Bath and Badbury Rings, here you may see on the horizon The Needles if a clear day. Descend the infamous Zig-Zag Hill to Shaftesbury. Using predominantly B roads from now you head to Wells, here the road named Strawberry Way follows what was once the old Strawberry Line named after the local produce. Level riding through Somerset to Cheddar and its mighty Gorge, most likely in the dark with its looming rock faces, you ascend The Mendips to the Chew Valley and the arrivée at The Holybush Inn, Bridgeyate. 

details:

Public toilets should be open from 06:30. The car park is now short stay only! Please do not park at The Holybush Inn; people live there and don’t want to be woken at the crack of dawn by cyclists scrabbling to unload bikes, also they’d like to reserve the car park for their regular trade. As Warmley is ideally located on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path I’d hope all those coming from Bristol and even Bath cycled to and from the event.

Adam Watkins’ 2018
Adam Watkins’ 2019 – 2:50 my first randonnée on fixed 😀
2020 Fly through
Adam Wakins’ video – 2020. There I go, zig zagging away, just like Sagan…
Type & Validation
  • The route is advisory - you just have to visit the controls and gain proof of passage within time limits where specified; there may be parts that you'd like to take a different route and that is entirely up to you; the time limits for the controls don't change!
  • Validation: Not Instant - brevet cards need to be returned to AUK to be validated; I will post them on to you if you select brevet card return postage.