Other rides worth a spin

If you’ve got the bug and you fancy trying your wheels with a couple of other rides you should take a look at:


Old Roads and Drove Roads – is a 200km adventure.  Once a year the MoD opens up the closed areas of Salisbury Plain and Pat Hurt makes sure that Audaxers take full advantage of the opportunity to visit the lost village of Imber. A day for thick tyres and a camera.

The London Orbital – 300km has finally been organised as a proper ride! Not some pale imitation that involves doing battle with central London traffic but a proper circumnavigation of the Capital including an actual ferry cross of the Thames out Dartford way.  Organised by Paul Stewart – the master of the Ditching Devil… watch out to references to streetcars.

The 3Down – is a clever route; Ian Oliver has been running this 300km trip from Chalfont down into the New Forest and back for several years.  Takes in some of Southern England’s finest scenery.  You know where the start is so what excuse have you got?

The Four Minute Mile starts in Stevenage on Saturday 22 September and races across to Oxford.  It returns via the Chilterns… a cracking 200 before the clocks change!

The Chiltern Dash 200 starts in Aylesbury in late October and takes in some fantastic country in Bucks and Oxfordshire. Travelling west, it almost touches Cirencester before turning for home. Starting near Aylesbury station its an easy train ride from Central London.

There are no more 400km rides this year but if you fancy properly testing your limits why not take a look at a 600km ride. This fenland ride is pretty flat and comes with the added advantage of allowing finishers to enter Paris Brest Paris early next year (assuming they have done the full qualification). 600km gives you a true insight into the fellowship and community that keep audaxers coming back time and time again.