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Sunrise Express & Snowdrop Express Audaxes

Important information about Evesham control

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2017 Route Maps & GPX Downloads

2017 Sunrise Express

2017 Snowdrop Express

2017 Route Details and Route Cards

2017 Sunrise Express (Word document) 2017 Sunrise Express (PDF)

2017 Snowdrop Express (Word document) 2017 Snowdrop Express (PDF)

Gritted Alternatives: In the event of the minor roads being ice-bound and therefore dangerous riders may wish to use the 'gritted' alternatives. These routes follow busier roads identified by local authorities as salted in icy conditions, though this is no guarantee. The alternative routes will be subject to heavy traffic conditions in the Worcester area and care should be taken. Riders are strongly advised against using the A449 between Hartlebury and Worcester.

These routes are not recommended if there is no risk of ice on untreated roads.

Sunrise Express (GPX) ~ Sunrise Express (Word document) ~ Sunrise Express (PDF)

Snowdrop Express (GPX) ~ Snowdrop Express (Word document) ~ Snowdrop Express (PDF)

Gritted Alternatives: In the event of the minor roads being ice-bound and therefore dangerous riders may wish to use the 'gritted' alternatives. These routes follow busier roads identified by local authorities as salted in icy conditions, though this is no guarantee. The alternative routes will be subject to heavy traffic conditions in the Worcester area and care should be taken. Riders are strongly advised against using the A449 between Hartlebury and Worcester.

These routes are not recommended if there is no risk of ice on untreated roads.

The Routes

The routes start and finish near Hartlebury which is close to Stourport-on-Severn. Both events begin by following the lanes southeast to Elmbridge and similarly they both end by retracing these lanes back from Elmbridge.

From Elmbridge the Sunrise Express crosses the M5 and heads southeast to Hanbury before turning south towards Evesham. The first control is at Raphaels Cafe on the banks of River Avon in Evesham. From there the route explores some of the pretty villages to the north of Bredon Hill. A slight 'kink' in the route is necessary to cross over the River Avon before passing over the M5 once again and finding the next control in Upton upon Severn. The route home is fairly direct and skirts around to the east of Worcester, criss-crossing the M5 another couple of times and passing through Droitwich on the way back to Elmbridge. The profile shown below follows (left to right) the direction of the clockwise Sunrise Express route:

From Elmbridge the Snowdrop Express heads south through the lanes to Droitwich, skirts around to the east of Worcester and heads for Upton upon Severn for the first control. From there the ride goes eastwards and explores some of the pretty villages north of Bredon Hill before visiting Raphaels Cafe on the banks of the River Avon in Evesham. The final leg of the ride goes northwards through gently undulating countryside to Hanbury and then turns northwest and crosses the M5 to return to Elmbridge.

Please note:

  • Traffic: Every effort has been made to avoid main roads, so you shouldn't meet too much traffic. But please remember that, even on country lanes, there can always be something round the next bend.

  • Road Surfaces: The road surfaces are those of typical country lanes but inevitably these will be mucky in places in the middle of winter. Riding a bike with mudguards fitted is strongly advised though not obligatory.

  • Controls: The controls are both at cafes where you can rest and purchase refreshments. More details are available on the next page.

  • Gradients: The roads are undulating with only long easy hills or very short steeper rises. The route profile shown above hopefully proves there is nothing to worry about


 

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