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Whitchurch-Bath-Whitchurch Randonnée, Sunday 7th July

This summer sees the inaugural 235km randonée from Whitchurch to Bath and back. The ride is now confirmed as an official 'Group DIY Perm' ride by the UK long-distance cycling body - http://www.aukweb.net/home/

For a small fee (£6, paid online to AudaxUK, see bottom for entry details) Brevet Cards will be organised to collect stamps at pre-determined 'controls (i.e. cafes/pubs about every 30km), and participants will be expected to partake of cake, possibly beer and definitely lunch. Even cooler, on completion, 'Randonneurs' will receive an Officia
l™ Audax UK 200km medal and badge.


Whitchurch-Bath via the Test Valley, Salisbury and the Wylye valley (122km, 3.7km on A roads, about 1100m of climbs): http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTYyMjA%3D

< ENORMOUS LUNCH IN BATH, at Society Cafe - more artisan butties and panini / cake than you could possibly imagine >

Then Bath-Whitchurch via lanes along the Kennet & Avon Canal, passing near to Devizes, Hungerford, Marlborough etc and down the Bourne Valley (113km, 2.8km on A roads, about 1000m of climbs): http://my.viewranger.com/route/details/MTYyMjE=

<Celebration BBQ in the garden at the Red House, Whitchurch>

Here's the whole route in one go on Google Maps: http://goo.gl/maps/fQ8ku - noting that the tunnel in Bath we will ride through to/from lunch is shown as a red line, the path on the map is up over a hill as Google can't handle non-existant bike routes yet.

To do this ride (or half of it) you should be able to ride at an average of 20kph for 5-12 hours, with breaks for coffee/cake every 30km or so.

We have dropped the idea of a support vehicle, due to a lower-than expected turnout. So Be Prepared with all the kit you'll need for the day!

If you are allergic to cake or coffee this is probably the wrong ride for you. Beer is your own concern, but anyone seen drinking Carling will not be allowed to rejoin the bunch.

We must re-iterate: As this is a long day going a long way, maintaining the average speed with a good buffer for flats etc is critical, so we don't end up pedaling home in the dark at 11pm. Riders will be expected to have their bikes totally sorted, be running good puncture-proof tyres/tubes, and pretty much stick together - we like a good chat we do, and there are no prizes for first place (in fact, Audax UK rules prevent the publishing of any finish times). While there is a support vehicle, please do not think you can dump a ton of kit in it and have your musette handed to you on demand. You should carry the appropriate clothing, spares, tools and cash/card for buying food/drink if needed.

Flatequette: In the event of a rider suffering a flat or other mechanical disaster, two other riders will stay back with the wounded soldier to help effect repairs. The bunch will carry on, maintaining the 20kph pace. The then-healed will catch up by forming a mini-peloton of their very own and nailing it. This is so everyone is not held up and the average is maintained.

Our preferred way to keep in touch with folks is via joining the Facebook event, but if you aren't that way inclined, please use the 'Contact Us' link on the left to get in touch. There will be no 'Enter On The Line' option - the idea of this is it's a spankingly well-organised day out, and that's just not possible if accurate numbers are not known, monies aren't collected in advance, pre-orders for food placed etc etc. 

If the weather is likely to be truly awful, the event will shift to the following Saturday.

For more info on this sort of event, please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brevet_%28cycling%29

Feel free to download the attached route maps and handbook. Pages 9 & 10 cover how to prepare for a Randonnée.


  • Click HERE to go to the online entry form. Please fill in all details.

PLEASE REGISTER ASAP. Any late registrations can still ride, but might not get the AudaxUK Brevet card to collect stamps on.

Once you have entered, there will be instructions on making the PayPal online payment to AudaxUK. If you don't have a PayPal account you can use a debit/credit card.

Cake/Coffee Kitty: We'll sort this out on the day.


Start: on the morning of the 7th please arrive with enough time to be on your bike ready for a 7am depart from the Town Hall. There is a free public carpark in Bell Street 1 minutes walk away: http://goo.gl/maps/hGAv3

Communication: The organisers will have mobiles and numbers will be advised, and the ride will be recorded on GPS using Strava for posterity. The GPX file will be available for download afterward.

Route cards and timing: Each rider will receive a route card, detailing the route, distances, turns at junctions etc. This can be followed in the event of loosing the group due to mechanical or other reasons. AudaxUK regulations state the ride must be completed within 14.5 hours: that means anyone arriving back at the finish later than 9:15pm won't qualify for the 200km AudaxUK award. Hence the critical need to keep on top of time at the coffee/cake stops, and in general on the road.

If you are held up bu mechanicals or just knackeredness, there are several 'short-cuts' in the last 100km that are shorter distances but still comply with the AudaxUK rules. These tend to be on busier roads, however on a Saturday afternoon/evening they shouldn't be too bad as a Plan B. These will also be detailed on the route card.

After-party at The Red House: Be there or be square. Order at the bar.

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