A fast ride with a handful of hills; one being Titterstone Clee, its trig point and radar stations.
WHEN: +iCal08/05/2021 - 09/05/2021 06:00 - 02:52
Bristol & Bath Railway Path, nr Hockeys Ln Fishponds, BS16
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.
I clearly remember my first calendar 200 in 2014. I came around a corner and there was Titterstone Clee Hill. The next day I had a route! Then in January 2015 I dragged some Audax Club Bristol members, and soon to be, up to the top; there was snow!
A flowing route with a few #wills_hills. Head up onto The Cotswolds and loop round to Birdlip for a wonderful descent to the outskirts of Gloucester. Over The Severn making your way to Tenbury Wells with views of Titterstone Clee in the distance. Cross The Teme and begin the climb, a false summit as you get to the main road then climb again for the actual summit. All the way to the top passing old quarries, their workings and air traffic control radar domes; 10m of grass and you are at the trig point for an amazing view. Then back down, flowing through Leominster and on to the Wye Valley. Another cracker of a climb at Symonds Yat then roll to Chepstow, back across the bridge and into Bristol for the Arrivee.
**Ending may change depending on access through Chepstow at the time.
On street parking locally, you’ll be updated before the event.
This is an X-rated event. It will be free controls or infos en route
Groups of 6 will be set off at staggered start times. Start time could be earlier to allow for the stagger. You can ask to be placed in a group with other riders (that have entered) in the booking area. I will tier groups based on moving speed (lowest of group of friends) with the fastest group setting off first, slowest last, to spread the field out.
What others think.
wind,Wind,WInd,WINd,WIND and then more wind
We rode this it was the 1st Audax I found in the post lock down dawn, England was able to open and start Audaxing (?) before Wales.
The weather wasn’t looking great with rain and wind forecast pretty much all day, but given our enforced lack of rides because of “One thing and Another” we were keen to ride.
Unfortunately “Derek the Weatherman” was right and the rain as a constant, the wind however was something I hadn’t checked and up on Clee Hill the gate was horizontal when we took it off the hinges to pass. Riding around the Trig. point was bracing but it added up to a feeling of a proper adventure for our first Audax in months.
As always Will kept a few hills back for the return leg and we finished with a feeling of deep satisfaction.
Great weather conditions contributed to making this another classic GWR route, spinning out mostly solo over the Cotswolds before jumping on the ACB train up through the first control at Brockworth. I stopped for a decent lunch in Tenbury Wells, knowing that the ascent of Clee Hill was coming up. In fact it looked a lot worse from a distance than in reality, with nothing crazy steep, and the view from the top more than makes it worthwhile. At Leominster I caught back up with the ACB group from the morning, and shared some great miles through some lovely lanes to the final checkpoint, before the brutal Symonds Yat climb. Tough at the best of times, but especially so after a punchy 250km. All in all a great ride, and really good for a first 300 IMO.