Levels, Lumps & Lions 200
2023

An easy winter ride with just a few #wills_hills. Cross the Somerset Levels and into Dorset. Back through Longleat and finish through the 2Tunnels & along Bristol & Bath Railway Paths.

Bristol, | Sat 9th Dec 2023 @ 07:00

WHEN: +iCal
Sat 9th December 2023
07:00 - 20:48
WHERE:
Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths
St Philips Road
Bristol, BS2 0JZ
Validation:
BR
Levels, Lumps & Lions 200 1
Award Distance:
200
Total Distance:
205km
Duration:
13h48
Speeds:
15-30kph
Climb:
2060m
AAA: 0.00
Rainbow Flat
Levels, Lumps & Lions 200 3Enquiries
BRIEF:

An easy winter ride with just a few #wills_hills. Cross the Somerset Levels and into Dorset. Back through Longleat and finish through the 2Tunnels & along Bristol & Bath Railway Paths.

Levels, Lumps & Lions is an easy winter ride starting from the centre of Bristol. Cross The Levels, scale a few lumps along the way and don’t feed yourself to Longleat’s Lions!

description:

Head west to Clevedon along the ridge with views across Kenn Moor, then cross as you turn south before over the Mendips at Shipham for the biggest climb of the day.

Level riding, with the odd lump, across The Levels to stop at Sweets Cafe for the first control and some grub to keep you going as you head into Dorset.

New this year you’ll head to Sturminster Newton for a free control; there are several cafes, a bakery, pubs and shops. Now north you go to Longleat !!CAUTION – LIONS!!

Last stop is The Full Moon @ Rudge then over to the 2Tunnels and Bristol & Bath Railway Path for an easy cruise to the finish.

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  • 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:

Familiarise yourself with the route out of and into Bristol as cycle paths and shared paths are used in places. Pay attention to passing the toll gate on Clifton Suspension Bridge; the bypass narrows and uses a drop curb onto zoned off section of pavement.

I've highlighted the known non gritted sections of the RWGPS route in BLUE; there is no data for 2Tunnels or Bristol & Bath Railway Path but they are usually tended to.

The main advisory points to note are:

  • @4.6km | Clifton Suspension Bridge - !!Narrows!! filter onto CP on pavement to left of toll gates then rejoin road
  • 147-152km | Longleat Estate - !!Rising bollards & Gates with side access!! Keep moving through Longleat Estate after hours
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:

The Bakehouse will be open from 06:30 for coffee, tea and plenty of cakes!

Please remember the ARRIVEE will be the Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths until 16:00. I shall then move to the Left Handed Giant Taproom after. The route takes you to the latter.

Start:

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

Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths - opens new tab for map.
St Philips Road, Bristol, BS2 0JZ

Access:

  • Bike - Located at the start of the Bristol & Bath Railway Path
  • Car - From Temple Way use Old Market roundabout and follow
  • Train - From Bristol Temple Meads exit via the side entrance and follow NCN4

Parking:
No Parking - Paid parking up to 24hrs available a short distance away at Gardiner Haskins. Alternatively use free parking at Lyde Green P&R on outskirts of Bristol (open 05:30-22:45 no overnight). Alternatively Bristol Parkway Main Car Park for long term parking; there are regular trains to Temple Meads.

Food & Drink:
Food & Drinks available.
Cakes, loads of cakes, superb savouries and drinks.
Unless specified otherwise above.

Accommodation:
Bristol YHA close by harbour. Other places see here.

Finish:

Left Handed Giant - opens new tab for map & a few details.

Route Controls:

Please remember the ARRIVEE will be the Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths until 16:00. I shall then move to Newtown Park Brewing Taproom after. The route takes you to the latter.

  • @0km | DEPART: BRISTOL - Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths | 07:00
  • @21km | INFO: CLEVEDON - see brevet card
  • @55km | CONTROL: WESTHAY - Sweets Tea Rooms | 08:50-10:40
  • @114km | CONTROL: STURMINSTER NEWTON [FREE] - collect receipt | 10:48-14:36
  • @165km | CONTROL: RUDGE - Full Moon Inn | 12:28-17:56
  • @200km | INFO: MANGOTSFIELD - see brevet card
  • @208km | ARRIVEE: BRISTOL - Bakehouse @ Cakesmiths then the Left Handed Giant | 13:56-[16:00]-20:52

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.