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DCLane

Found in the Yorkshire hills ...
Do you have a link I can only find the 300 on the same day?

The Wigginton 100 is here - https://www.audax.uk/event-details/10738-www_100

Or you could join me on The Full Monty 300 - https://www.audax.uk/event-details/11187-the_full_monty_300 :whistle:
 
@DCLane beat me to it! The GPX I got from Keith is called Wiggy100.

I am not sure if I will be a non starter as unfortunatelt the spokes on my Specialized Axis Elite front wheel is not right.

I think 2 are bent (not just a slight curve) and the corresponding two on the otherside are low tension. I think I may have a warranty claim as the bike has only done 350miles and it looks like they are laced under/over instead of over/under plus the valve hole is off centre (which is odd for a front wheel). If Balfes Bikes reject the claim I may have to see if I can get the lacing fixed and back on the road for the event from my LBS.
 

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footloose crow

Über Member
Location
Cornwall. UK
Camel and Lizard 200 on 25 May - which goes to the Lizard and then up to the Camel estuary and back unsurprisingly. This will be my first calendar 200, all my others have been DIY. Will be interesting to feel the difference.
 

Ajax Bay

Guru
Location
East Devon
The friend I rode part (110km) of Old Roads on Saturday is riding the two 300s: starting ?2 hours before BCM and 300 up, sleep in the Menai Bridge scout hut, and the 300 back starting 4am(?) Sunday. That's a long old second day. And I doubt I'd be sufficiently tired at 6pm (say) to sleep properly. Whereas turning round and riding back to Aberdyfi for midnight would be more doable (if I was 600 capable). Whatever.
 
The friend I rode part (110km) of Old Roads on Saturday is riding the two 300s: starting ?2 hours before BCM and 300 up, sleep in the Menai Bridge scout hut, and the 300 back starting 4am(?) Sunday. That's a long old second day. And I doubt I'd be sufficiently tired at 6pm (say) to sleep properly. Whereas turning round and riding back to Aberdyfi for midnight would be more doable (if I was 600 capable). Whatever.
That last word may be key! There's definitely pros-and-cons there ... IMO the 2x300 in that form is still very hard, if you'd find the regular "6-in-42" hard. I think most full-value riders would agree that a hotel bed at around 350km would make the easiest option, but accomodation isn't in great supply on the route, unless you have Flatus'* budget.
One plus is that they get until 0252h to finish Day2. So that's quite a long elapsed time, makes it a little easier on the body allthingsbeingequal (which of course they are not!)

*Editor's Note: this is an in-joke between some Audaxers who know the rider in question. Please ignore it.
 

footloose crow

Über Member
Location
Cornwall. UK
Mines and Minerals off road audax on 23 June in Cornwall, It is just 68km but has over 1000m climbing and is 90% off road. It is possible on a wide tyred gravel bike but most entrants are using mountain bikes I believe. Is this the only audax event that is mountain bike focused and off road??? Anyone know? Narrow paths with deep ruts between bramble and nettle hedges, rocky descents,, rocky ascents with broken steps, loose (and sharp edged) mining waste, muddy woodland tracks with branches across the path etc. Proper XC ride with lots of mining history.

Then on 7 July is the Four Hundreds Two Hundred, a 200km/3400m ride through four of the traditional sub divisions of Cornwall known as a 'Hundred'. Starts in Penzance and head to the Lizard and then east to just beyond Truro (passing within 50m of my home) before returning to Penzance via Lands End and the north coast. For me, this will be a signficant challenge. Lots of steep hills, one after another.
 
Mines and Minerals off road audax on 23 June in Cornwall, It is just 68km but has over 1000m climbing and is 90% off road. It is possible on a wide tyred gravel bike but most entrants are using mountain bikes I believe. Is this the only audax event that is mountain bike focused and off road??? Anyone know? Narrow paths with deep ruts between bramble and nettle hedges, rocky descents,, rocky ascents with broken steps, loose (and sharp edged) mining waste, muddy woodland tracks with branches across the path etc. Proper XC ride with lots of mining history.

It's the only current one that *I* am aware of. The mid-wales TINAT rides - back in 2025, last in 2019? - featured at least one mainly off-road** ride.
There was one in Oxfordshire around the 2000s - again, part of a suite alongside normal tarmac events.

Then there were "Rough Stuff"* events - something that CTC encourage/oversaw/wotever. I have a suspiction that your MINES ride evolved from a "rough Stuff" ride that was held back in the 90s. Possibly 100k-ish, with some road sections.
There are pics of my Dad riding it floating about!

*"Rough Stuff" is of course loosely a term for a mixed-surface event, and IIRC the CTC definition (just for some fun medals/badges/trophies) was "more than 50% off-road". The CTC/Audax ones didn't tend to be tooooo technical. No doubt we have some real experts lurking ...
** actually I think there were a range of distances, upto 600km. That's over 2 days!!!
 
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