Plus three information controls.
No expensive fees, no headline sponsors, no goodie bags, no numbers, no gold standard times, no broom wagons and no pretending at the finish to have looked into the jaws of hell and survived.
The Autumn Audax is cycling at its best. It’s about a good distance in a day, riding at a sensible pace with good company, travelling through quiet and pleasant countryside in the orange glow of an autumn day before winter arrives.
The once popular ‘Beyond the Dyke’ organised by Alan Mason, disappeared off the calendar some fifteen years ago following his retirement. Well, the event is now back by popular demand. Like King Offa, we will be sending an army of cyclists over the Dyke into the badlands of Mid-Wales. These border raiders will be challenged by some charming countryside which continually varies from the airy views from Brown Clee to the deep cleft valleys near the striking Knucklas Viaduct. On their return, the riders will pass through the tranquil and delightful Teme Valley before a final assault over the Abberley hills.
Riders simply stop at the controls and collect evidence of proof of passages (an ATM, till or café receipt) and answer information questions shown in their brevet card – just to make sure that everyone’s ride can be validated as a true audax at the end of the day. Control points are located in towns where plenty of cafes and shops can be found.
Dusk is a 6.30pm by which time, the majority of riders will have returned but it is always a great idea to carry lights just in case of delay.
Registration and Ride Finishing Times
Opens at 07.30 for an at 08.00 departure. Riders must complete the event between 14.50 and 21.40
Belbroughton Recreation Centre,DY9 9TG. Showers, changing Facilities and toilets are available at the HQ.
The Recreation Centre is located at the end of a short private lane and signposted as ‘Recreation Centre’ on Hartle Lane (B4188) in Belbroughton.
Food and Refreshments
Breakfast: Drinks, bananas, toast and biscuits will be available before setting off on your journey. Porridge pots will also be available to purchase.
When you return: There will be refreshments available for riders at the finish line.
There is free parking cars behind the Recreation Centre subject to availability.
Nearby accommodation includes:
– Clent Hills Campsite (recommended)
– Travelodges at Bromsgrove, Halesowen & Kidderminster
– Premier Inns at Hagley, Bromsgrove and Birmingham South
– Plus the usual selection of b&bs but none in Belbroughton
Joining Instructions and Route sheets
Will be e-mailed to riders within the final two weeks of the event.
Riders will need to obtain their own proofs of passage such as receipts, etc. This should be easy as all locations are busy with plenty of shops and cafes, etc.
There are also three information controls. You will need to answer questions shown in your Brevet Card. Carrying a pen or pencil is always a good idea. Not answering a question will sadly invalidate your ride.