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

400k - 17th June 2016

Starting from a pub on the Blackdown Hills near Taunton at 10:30pm this event rides through the night to dawn somewhere in Somerset. Then across the Severn Bridge and back home again.

There were 29 successful finishers on the 2015 edition of the ride

 

The route passes Glastonbury Tor at dawn in midsummer

Photo by Lokabandhu from Flikr

 

What riders say:

" highly recommended. Pitched tent in evening sun. Ate in pub. Rolled off into the night. Sunrise as promised after a mystical ride across the levels. Badgers duly spotted. The final climb to the finish rewarded by included pub meal and a couple of non included pints. Slumped into tent waking to birdsong and glorious sunny morning among the buttercup meadows. Unforgettable."

"Some loverly descents"

"I liked crossing the Somerset levels with the low sun"

"Really impressed with the route through the night, just wasn't expecting the main roads to be so amazingly quiet"

"Great day out"

"I did it! My first 400"

"Excellent event & one I'd like to do again"

"The people at the pub were friendly, great send off"

"Could be a classic..."

"This is a totally wizard ride"

"..a wonderful section across the Somerset levels followed with early morning light across the wide open fields; Glastonbury was reached just as the sun topped over the Tor"

Review article from Arrivée magazine HERE

Preview of 2011 edition HERE

Report of the 2011 start here

Some highlights are: descending from Wheddon Cross at night, the Bristol-Bath cyclepath and crossing the Severn Bridge

Includes the internationally recognised BRM certification. The 2015 version is a Paris-Brest-Paris qualifying ride.

Although this a long way to ride it isn't a race. The challenge is to complete the course in less than 27 hours.

The start in the dark

The cycle tunnel in Bath

The Bath cycle tunnel

Bristol-Bath Cyclepath

Finishing the following evening

 

GPX files for 2015 here http://www.aukweb.net/gps/401g.zip

Elevation profile below

profile of 2015 route

Details on the start pub the ""Half Moon Inn", Clayhidon

 

 



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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