I had a good ride and really enjoyed the sunshine and food at the WI stops.
Cycling groups and the WI is a fantastically mutually beneficial union!
It was good to have choice of filled rolls, soup or cakes rather than the usually cake or banana option.
I find myself craving something savoury after a long ride fuelled solely on cakes and sweets.
I completed it in an elapsed time of 5:23 at a moving average of 15.2 mph which was quick for me for 70 miles, motivated on the whole by getting to the front of the food queue!
On the route back I found myself leading a group of people who all set out without a route sheet or any way of navigating.
It was a novel experience leading a group up the hills and not having a host of people overtaking me!
The route covered roads that were familiar to the Saturday group around Doynton, as well as taking in Thornbury, Chipping Sodbury and Dundry.
Anyone thinking of doing an Audax needs to have some method of navigating, the route sheets are generally excellent.
Many laminate them and find some way of attaching them to their handlebars.
I favour taking a Satnav as well as it takes less concentration.
The rides have no mechanical support so as with a club ride you need to take tools and spares to get you back.
A phone and some cash for a taxi are useful if something unrepairable happens.
All the best
Even Further out