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

A brand-new 300 from Uffculme by Jamie Andrews

Running on Saturday September 3rd 2016 at 8am from Magelake Hall, Uffculme, Devon

Entry on official AUK website here

Marlborough with Lights

The start is at the Magelake Hall which is located just over the river from the village of Uffculme, Devon.

 

There is a free car park at the start.

The event starts at 8am and it should be possible to get an early morning train from Bristol or Plymouth and comfortably ride to the start. Left luggage will be available.

 

After starting the first control is only a few miles away in Hemyock. There won't be any facilities there, just a quick stamp on your card from a helper

 

The first few miles over the Blackdown Hills is surprisingly difficult but soon you'll be flying down Blagdon hill and passing through Taunton

 

The route then goes to Langport and then the B3153 is your friend all the way to Castle Cary

 

It’s then a bit laney up to Nunney Catch (even the A359 is like a lane). There’s a brief bit of busy road and then the route goes through the centre of Frome. Soon after this you should be seeing your first white horse in the chalk hills, just after Westbury

 

There’s a cafe stop in Marlborough then it’s back over the wonderful hills around Marlborough again.

 

The return route is slightly more north than the outbound and cuts through Glastonbury. After this it uses one of my favourite bits of road, the (usually quiet) A361 via Othery, where there is an evening checkpoint at the village hall


Finally it’s onto the A38 for a quick blast back to Uffculme

Outline of the route

Profile: out bound to Marlborough

Profile: back from Marlborough

 



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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