Happy Birthday Audax Club Bristol

Audax Club Bristol is 10!

Redcliffe, Bristol, City of | Sat 22nd Oct 2022 @ 07:30

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 22nd October 2022
07:30 - 22:34
WHERE:
Hart's Bakery
Arch 35 Lower Approach Rd
Redcliffe, BS1 6QS
Validation:
BR
Happy Birthday Audax Club Bristol 1
Award Distance:
200
Total Distance:
208km
Duration:
15h04
Speeds:
15-15kph
Climb:
18:50m
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
Happy Birthday Audax Club Bristol 3Enquiries
BRIEF:

Audax Club Bristol is 10!

Description:

An easy ride round Bristol taking in the Mendips & Cotswolds.

I shall be riding en masse with ACB members at a chilled easy no drop pace. Validation will take place once I’m back at the finish probably around full value time.

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.

Magical

8th December 2023

Never disappoints, this magical event is my favourite audax. Heading off into the winter night when most right minded people are tucking themselves into bed feels audacious. The route flows nicely and the controls are nicely spaced.

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Martin

Cold!

6th December 2023

I wasn’t prepared for such a cold night but I still thoroughly enjoyed the ride, the company and scenery along the way, no doubt in large part thanks to the great organisation. I will be coming back!

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Jimin

Stunning!

5th December 2023

So well organised. So beautiful. So cold!

This was to be my first 300km audax and my longest ride to date. Why not go all in, and ride through the coldest night of the year so far?

All the organisation ahead of the event was very clear – I knew where I needed to be and (more or less) what I was letting myself in for.

The route was excellent. While I would never go anywhere near such major A roads during the day, in the small hours of the morning these meant smooth, fast pothole-free riding down to the coast. There was plenty of time for minor roads and lanes for the route back to Bristol, which we rode largely after sunrise. The only part that I didn’t enjoy was riding alongside the beach at Bournemouth – little patches of sand lay waiting to catch out a sleep-deprived rider. Patches of ice on Dorset country lanes were another matter – hopefully not many audaxes suffer from such a severe frost!

The controls left nothing to be desired – cake, hot drinks and a few kind words of encouragement. Will and his crew clearly know what they are doing, as each control was cheerfully efficient.

Would I do it again? Oh yes. I loved the whole thing. Stunning views, stunning cold but a great experience.

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Tom

Worth the blue toes

5th December 2023

My second overnight 300km of the year was a cold one! But the freezing toes and hands were worth dealing with, we had no wind and clear skies which awarded us with beautiful moonlit vista’s, we had a barn owl flying beside us, and beach fox on the promenade, and the sunrise over looking back over Poole was epic, really enjoyed the whole event put on by Will and his team and hope to take part again!

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Matthias

Great Challenge

28th November 2023

2023 was a very cold year for the ride and biggest challenge for me alongside the tiredness but the route and stops were excellent and the daylight was enough of a boost to keep me going. Thanks so much!

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Olive


The event is fully booked.


Bookings aren't available; either I haven't opened entry yet or if after 20/10/22 then they have closed.


You are attending this event.

The following ride details are currently: Pending - all specifics are usually updated the 5th day before the event.



  • 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.
  • Please use 'Enquires' link above for any queries.

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:
Usually updated the 5th day before the event - you can join the RWGPS Event in the meantime. The latter 3 'Route File' links below will only work once updated.
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:
Usually updated the 5th day before the event.
Start:

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

Hart’s Bakery - opens new tab for map.
Arch 35 Lower Approach Rd, Redcliffe, Bristol, City of, BS1 6QS

Access:

  • Bike -
  • Car -
  • Train -

Parking:
Car Park -

Food & Drink:
Food available.

Unless specified otherwise above.

Accommodation:

Finish:

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

Route Controls:

Usually updated the 5th day before the event.

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.