Thames Tickler 120

Head into The Cotswolds to Tickle the Thames in the Thames Water Park and lunch. Only one #wills_hills!

Hambrook [nr Frenchay], City of Bristol | Sat 11th Feb 2023 @ 08:00

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Sat 11th February 2023
08:00 - 19:36
Gary Harris Cycles
Common Mead Ln
Hambrook [nr Frenchay], BS16 1QQ
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Head into The Cotswolds to Tickle the Thames in the Thames Water Park and lunch. Only one #wills_hills!


Thames Tickler is fast route with just one major climb up out of Wootton under Edge before heading into the upper reaches of the Thames Valley; pass close to its source. Lunch stop at Carlé’s Coffee in the The Cotswolds Water Park before the last stretch back to the Arrivée at The White Lion, Frenchay.

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*Whilst I like to think I can affect the weather alas that is beyond my control...

What others think.

Flat and fast

12th February 2023

An awesome route, especially if you are new to Audax. The last bit with some very fast downhills to the location is stunning! Another great route from GWRaudax/Will.

Oh, and did I say – great stops! The baked potato with butter at Cafe de la Post at Chadlington was awesome!

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Great organisation, great route, great company 👍🏻👍🏻

28th April 2021

Really well organised with extra effort needed to cover COVID and all ran really well. Hooked up with a few know and a couple unknown riders in our group that worked out a treat with well matched pace and great company on route. Loved the less travelled lanes and even the larger routes were pretty car free for short runs. A fitting restart of official events & big thanks to Will and helpers for a great days riding.

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Cracking route

21st April 2021

Exploring lesser known bits of the Cotswolds, hidden valleys, winding avenues – really well planned route and brilliantly organised for Covid conditions. Food stop at the Water Park was excellent. Jury’s out on iOrienteering App but lots of alternative ways to check in/record the ride. Weather was bleak and grey with a bitter North wind – but didn’t put a dampner on it at all. Great all round hope to do more GWRs soon 🙂

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Tickled of Thornbury

20th April 2021

Terrific ride to the Cotswold Water Park on a well planned route. Would recommend and perhaps try the 200 next year. Well organised and super food/coffee stops.

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First 200 of 2021

20th April 2021

Once out of Bristol and onto the Cotswolds, the route followed some sublime ways less travelled avoiding more familar roads. Perfect in Spring, probably not so great in the winter slop. Spring flowers and blossom along the way with pretty villages, scenery and buildings. Food stop was good, but a bit too far around – we had already eaten in Burford, but good to see others on the ride and refuel before the last leg home.

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Notable points on the route:
  • 1km SO @ TL $ WINTERBOURNE B4058 - filter onto shared path crossing !!Busy!! - the junction SO & Right has been closed to vehicles.
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CSV route notes - these can be edited in any spreadsheet software.


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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.

  • 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.
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Unfortunately the start toilets at the Golf Centre are unavailable. I've shown public toilets as POIs on the RWGPS route. The closest from the start are in Winterbourne @3.5km.

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

Gary Harris Cycles - opens new tab for map.
Common Mead Ln, Hambrook [nr Frenchay], City of Bristol, BS16 1QQ


  • Bike - Not far from the Ring Road Path. From the centre use Stapleton Road.
  • Car - M32 J1 follow signs to Frenchay. Take 1st RIGHT after traffic lights and follow signs to Golf Centre. To park in Frenchay Village take 1st LEFT after traffic lights.
  • Train - Bristol Parkway is the closest mainline station.

On street near by - No parking available at the start - please use local on road parking in and around Frenchay Village; Beckspool Rd and Frenchay Hill have no parking restrictions.

Food & Drink:
Drinks available.
Tea & coffee at Gary's
Unless specified otherwise above.

Local Hotels


White Lion, Frenchay Common - opens new tab for map & a few details.

Route Controls:

  • @0km | 08:00 | DEPART: FRENCHAY - Gary Harris Cycles
  • @20km | INFO: CHARFIELD - see brevet
  • @61km | 10:24-14:00 | CONTROL: SOUTH CERNEY [SUMMER LAKE] - Carle's Coffee
  • @120km | 12:38-19:36 | ARRIVEE: FRENCHAY - White Lion
Carle's Coffee do hot drinks, hot rolls/panninis and cakes. Next door is Performance Cycles that will be open for any bits and bobs needed.

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!

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!


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.

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  • 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.