Moonrakers become sunseekers! Ride through the night under a full moon to the coast. Return via a few Dorset hills passing Glastonbury Tor, use the Strawberry Line to Bristol.
WHEN:29/01/2021 - 30/01/2021 22:00 - 18:32
EVENT REVIEW SUMMARY:
Extensive route notes and a variety of files will be distributed to entrants via email a week or two before the event. In the mean time 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, especially where rocky outcrops may be present.
!! UPDATE !!
The rate of change in several of the counties the route passes through is increasing. Therefore I feel it pertinent to delay, hopefully to January but I’ll update in the new year.
- 29/30th January
- 26/27th February
Moonrakers & Sunseekers has become a popular winter 300.
Head straight out of Bristol through Bath and watch the trail of lights climb the Cat 4 climb of Bathwick Hill; the biggest of the ride. Continue on easily navigated roads to Devizes, passing The Crammer where legend has it Wiltshire folk were caught by the Excisemen raking for ‘the moon’. Continue down the Avon Valley through Salisbury and edging The New Forest, along the coast to Poole Harbour. Moonrakers wane as Sunseekers come into view; those luxury yachts at Poole Quay! Heading home pass through the chocolate box village of Milton Abbas and past the Abbey in the Dorset Hills and on. Into Somerset passing Glastonbury Tor and across The Levels to Axbridge. Then use The Strawberry Line railway path through the end of The Mendips and pass orchards to stop at The Strawberry Line Cafe before returning to Bristol.
Please be aware whilst trying to maintain as much of the ethos of this event as possible it will be more X-rated. You are encouraged to carry as much of your own provisions as possible.
Start times will be staggered and done in groups; please give an honest appraisal of your average MOVING speed when booking and try and stick to your group. If you have friends who have (or are about to) entered and you’d like to ride with them please indicate so whilst booking.
Cake/flap jack etc at first 2 controls. Hot food and drink at Poole. These controls will be outside take away services.
There will likely be sand on the promenade and mud on the Strawberry Line. Nothing many others haven’t managed in the past.
Use the booking form below to express your serious interest so I can gauge numbers to tailor the event. In the current climate no money will be taken. A couple of weeks before the event if the guidelines permit the event to take place an email will be sent with payment details for entry via the Audax.UK site as normal.
Please don’t abuse this system. At this time there are considerable challenges in hosting a potentially large event. It is in nobody’s interest to express your interest if it is just a may be depending on the star alignments and weather outlook. Genuine intentions are much appreciated.
Booking form is a simple name, email+ info collection. No login or account creation is necessary (if you have previously left a comment or review with the email address used it may require you to login).
WAITING LIST IS IN EFFECT.
The option to register an account on the site and login is available [sidebar or expanded menu]. This will store your name and email address for the future and will enable you to see the events you have booked; further functionality in progress as I tinker. You can still enter as a guest should you wish. If multiple tickets are available the person booking will be responsible for coordinating with the additional attendees if they don't consent to their email being shared. At this moment in time those booking will have to fill their names in twice when it comes to the attendee form.
What others think.
Excellent early season 400
Yes, 400 – with the late start this is an excellent ECE opportunity. Ridden twice, thoroughly enjoyed the route, controls and riding companions. Caffeine tablets recommended! Looking forward to next time…
Dark, wet and cold
Well organized with good middle stop for food and exelent service! A bit nippy leaving Poole.
I wish the weather was nicer! 🙂