Full Fat Festive 500
The Original

Work that Xmas fat off & complete the Festive 500 in one! Be prepared for anything; from freezing cold to winter sun & blue skies to hurricane winds & rain.

Easton, City of Bristol | Thu 29th Dec 2022 @ 06:00


Work that Xmas fat off & complete the Festive 500 in one! Be prepared for anything; from freezing cold to winter sun & blue skies to hurricane winds & rain.

WHEN: +iCal
Thu 29th December 2022
06:00 - 17:34
Fri 30th December 2022
Berwick Road
Easton, BS5 6NG
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 9 reviews
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Rainbow Flat
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Event Information


The Original Full Fat Festive 500 – ridden nearly every year since 2014.

Heading off into the early morning the silence of the city outskirts gives way to eager birdsong. Climb atop the Cotswolds for an easy ride to the first control. Onwards edging the Thames Valley, passing through the centre of Oxford and crossing Ot Moor to the lunch stop. Leaving the Vale of Aylesham passing through Woburn Park for a quick run to Cambridge. About half way as you head to St Ives on the traffic free path adjacent to the guided busway; in the dark they’ll eerily creep up on you before wooshing past!

Night has set in now as it is onto Higham Ferrers and it’s Christmas lights, Northampton with it’s Christmas tree atop the National Lift Tower, over rolling hills hopefully with twinkling stars. Will you stop here for the night or push on and go off route for a quick pit stop at the M40 services? Choices, choices…

From the M40 crossing it’s fast to the Fosse Way, tickle the Cotswolds and cross the Vale of Evesham. In the early throws of morning it all becomes a blur; head down into the Severn Valley and you’re almost back, Tewkesbury, straight down the A38, Gloucester, keep going, Thornbury traffic lights, left just after past the quarry, Old Gloucester Rd, edge of the city, nearly there, last descent, done! I have done this route bar a few changes thrice in the past between Xmas & NYE; with weather ranging from freezing cold with ice and frost to glorious sunshine one day followed by hurricane winds and walls of water the next to unseasonally warm and benign – be prepared for anything!


Can’t do the calendar dates but still want to give it a go? I have 9 Permanent cards from lockdown year that were going to be the event before Christmas was cancelled. These are available to be done over the Advent period & 12 days of Christmas. By arrangement I’ll do food at mine any time of day or night as long as I’m at home. Or you can use to start else where on the route to coincide with getting to Bristol as the event starts.


Perm entry is available up until the event calendar date.

Perm riders send your proof of passage via electronic means and if you select return postage your completed card will be returned once validated.


This is an X-rated event for experienced randonneurs and endurance cyclists only. The organiser accepts no responsibility for winter weather or road conditions and you undertake this event entirely at your own risk.

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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.


  • This event is run in accordance with Audax UK's Regulations and is covered by their insurance.
  • Audax UK Temporary Membership @ £3.00 is required to participate if you aren't an Audax UK or CTC/CUK member; it will be added automatically.
  • Current COVID-19 restrictions if applicable, please see Audax UK news.
  • Whilst COVID-19 restrictions have eased additional measures may still be undertaken for a successful event. Please check the Event Info Details above.
  • Once payment is completed you will receive an email from booking-donotreply@pedalution.co.uk and will be redirected back to a page saying what happens next.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
Entry £10.00
Will only be validated for rides undertaken during Advent and 12 days of Christmas.

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