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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere

600k - 8th July 2017 starting at 0700 (Leighton Buzzard) or 0600 (Exeter)

imageThe Buzzard is a basic ('X'-rated) event from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to Exeter in Devon, and back. The route is straightforward and includes some A and B roads. There are two starts, from LB and from Exeter.

Controls are:-

  • Leighton Buzzard (start)
  • Pangbourne
  • Chandler's Ford
  • Salisbury
  • Sherborne
  • Exeter (alt start/finish)
  • Wells
  • Cirencester
  • Brackley
  • Leighton Buzzard (finish)

It will probably have a postal finish, meaning you must get proof of passage and post your card to the organiser within five days. It is intended for experienced randonneurs.

Between Exeter and Wells (313km to 406km) there are several hotels and motels of the Travel lodge variety and suitable for tired randonneurs. Similarly there are various options for accommodation near Pangbourne for the Exeter starters.

Reports from the 2013 event on, here.

This event is now part of the Exeter Wheelers' SR series.

gps files here updated 01-07-2017

Buzzard routesheet here. updated 01.07.2017

Exe-Buzzard routesheet here. updated 01.07.2017

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. See the entry form for details.

Entry form LB start

Entry form Exeter start

Long-distance cycling under AUK rules is often (though inaccurately) referred to as audaxing. Mudguards are not required for any of these events. Use whatever bike suits you. If you don't want to follow a routesheet then download the GPS file. You will need to be fit and self-sufficient. Most of these events, especially the longer ones, are hard. You should be an experienced cyclist with both fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for all the events of 200km and above. Don't worry about the maximum speed of 30kph, you won't get near it. Prepare your bike and yourself carefully for any of these events. If you do all the distances, you become an Exeter Wheelers Super Randonneur.

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