If you’ve got the bug and you fancy trying your wheels with a couple of rides you should take a look at (full details on the Audax UK Calendar Page):
Saturday 23 February – Chiltern Grit 214 – – from Aylesbury – Starting close to the train station from Marylebone this excursion around Berks, Bucks and Oxon sticks to roads that are gritted. It always gets rave reviews.
Saturday 16 March -The Dean 300 – from Oxford – This is the classic early season 300 and if you want to get a feel for the LWL terrain, this should be on your list. Its path crosses the LWL route in a few places, includes the climbs at Stow on the Wold and the Somerset Monument but raises the stakes with gems like Cleave Hill, a popular pair of climbs at Broad Hinton and the escape from Lambourn.
Saturday 6 April – 3Down London – New Forest 309 – From Chalfont St Peter – Willesden’s Ian Oliver has been maturing this 300 over a few years and it now includes a cracking mix of a bit of the Chilterns, chunks of the Kennett Valley, the fantastic Test Valley, the wilder bits of the New Forest (be ready to dodge cows on the road) and some interesting lumps around Winchester; you won’t be short of variety. Each year the field is getting bigger and it is getting a reputation as a solid work out without being brutal.
13 April 2019 – The Amesbury Amble 300 from Raynes Park – Starting from the best Scout hut in the South this cracking ride heads off into deepest darkest Wiltshire. Organised by Kingston Wheelers who are running some other brilliant rides – take a look at their website.
If you survive LWL and want to show off your shiny new finishers cap, check out this 200 organised by Westerly CC’s Dave Morrison. Although it loops around through Bedfordshire you’ll get to use your granny cog…
If you really, really have to ride from west of London to Chepstow and back this could be the ride for you. The Bare Bones is like LWL without the soft bits; a sort of hard core version for people who like their audax old skool. Entries don’t open for a little while and when they do, the experience will be less Mrs Doyle and more Father Jack…
People who missed the inaugural running of this event last year were kicking themselves. Organiser of the Ditchling Devil Paul Stewart developed a course that did a full circumnavigation of the Capital. It includes a ferry ride and a proper challenge.
This year Paul is tweeking the route to include a potential new start in Surrey and an extra catered control. It’s likely to be massive so book early!
Also check out the website for London Orbital CC – good advice and recommendations