Apex Grimpeur

Audax Altitude Award points are given to hilly events meeting certain criteria that requires a PhD in head scratching to understand. Simply put you get 1 point per 1000m of a qualifying event; points are refined into 1/4s. Sometimes a section of an event may qualify giving it AAA points even though overall it has less climbing than a similar distanced event that has 0.00 AAA points…

An Apex Grimpeur is one of those events of 300km+ that goes above and beyond; where the rider must be at the top of thier game, willing to climb any if not all the mountains and exist at the Apex...

...before hurtling back down the other side. What goes up, must come down 😀


The Giant's Tooth 500
Easton, City of Bristol
Fri 30th Aug 2019 @ 21:00
5.0 rating
Climb: 8133m | AAA: 8.25
Entry: £9.50

Head to the Welsh coast & Llangrannog; home of the Bica the Giant’s tooth! Fast valleys, remote Welsh mountains, old mining towns; it’s all there! Descend the Devil’s Staircase and climb his Elbow #wills_hills galore!

Bill's Easton Connection 300
Easton, City of Bristol
Sat 10th Apr 2021 @ 06:00
4.8 rating
Climb: 4884m | AAA: 5.00
Entry: £12.00

Head to the coast for the Easton connection & Portland Bill. Return along the Jurassic Coast & via Gold Hill in Shaftesbury. #wills_hills & views in good supply, 3 different railway paths included.

Exe Barnstaple Branch 400
Redcliffe, City of Bristol
Sat 8th May 2021 @ 06:00
5.0 rating
Climb: 6698m | AAA: 6.75
Entry: £15.00

The inaugral Great Western Randonnées’ AAA 400. All aboard to Bishop’s Lydeard Station before traversing the northern coastline of Exmoor. Use the old Barnstaple branch-line and head home via Winsham Jubilee Hall

Devilishly Elegant 600
Iron Acton, South Gloucestershire
Sat 12th Jun 2021 @ 06:00
Climb: 10139m | AAA: 10.25
Entry: £18.50

The inaugural 600 #wills_hills fest! Journeying up through England and back through Wales. It’ll test your legs and your mental fortitude but the scenery will pay dividends. Do you accept the devilishly elegant challenge?

A Bluestones' Throw 400
Almondsbury, South Gloucestershire
Sat 10th Jul 2021 @ 04:00
Climb: 6687m | AAA: 6.75
Entry: £9.00

Heading west into Wales and the birthplace of the Bluestones found at Stonehenge. Making use of old railway lines inc Hengoed Viaduct & NCN47; a mix of forest track and wind turbine service roads. Compliments Plains, Trains & no more Automobiles 200 the following day.

Bristol Glasgow Bristol 1600
Easton, City of Bristol
Thu 26th Aug 2021 @ 00:00
Climb: 23965m | AAA: 24.00
Entry: £6.66 | Available Space(s): 50

During PBP 2015 whilst touring back with ACB I got chatting about LEL and thought ‘we need a west version; Bristol Glasgow Bristol, with hills!’ Back home I brewed coffee and wedged myself under the stairs. That afternoon the backbone was there. Fettling ensued and a test ride et voilà, one Big Gert Brevet!