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:

A Catholic Education – 200km from Hammersmith on 23 June brought to you by the highly experienced Pete Kelsey.  It’s his first run out as an organiser but he’s planned a few treats to please novice and experienced riders alike.

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?

And if the London Orbital got your attention why take it to its logical conclusion – a 600km loop of the South East – the Are EWE Abbey Yet? Starting at Battle, near Hastings, it heads North around London before crossing around to St Albans, adding a night stop at Oxford and home through Hampshire and Sussex. It’s a new route from Pat Hurt who never disappoints.