Long distance natter & stuff on twitter hashtag… #vcwaudax
Jon Curle rode the Isle of Wight Randonnee on Sunday 4th May in very sunny conditions. Reckon Jon must like this event as it was the fifth time he had ridden it, so we will take that as a recommendation and add it to the list of good rides to think about in 2015
South Glos 106km Audax
Fab route, good control choices, very friendly and well organised event
Forecast was: wet, wet, wet
Actual was : sun, sun, sun
Oh, and a blustery tailwind out & headwind back
Got blown back to Bath afterwards though, happy days!
Upcoming events
Somerset 100 mile Sportive
Sunday 18th May starting from Wedmore, Somerset.
5 members entered (Event now full)
Clubrider leaders Mat & Paula led a scratch group over to Chepstow on Sunday 11th May as ride preparation for this event
With gusts of wind up to 55mph, sounds like the prep ride may have been harder than the event itself will be!
Mat will be doing a write-up after the sportive to let you all know how they all get on
Bryan Chapman 619km Audax
Saturday & Sunday 17/18th May 06.00 starting from Chepstow
Chepstow to Anglesey & back in under 40 hours including a night time crossing of Pen-y-pan, white knuckle stuff at it’s very best
Latest news: 160 plus entered
I will write a few lines about riding it……when I wake up!

Steffi Shelley-Smith is looking for others to join her on the Silk Run 100km Audax on Saturday 31st May, from Tewkesbury.
See Steffi’s 8th May posting on the VC Walcot Facebook page.
Further Out
Monmouthshire 100km Audax
Sunday 8th June starting from Abergavenny
3 members already entered
Gospel Pass 200km Audax
Saturday 14th June starting from Apperley, nr. Cheltenham
2 members already entered
BikeBath Sportive weekend
Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th June. Starting from Bath.
VC Walcot won the prize last year for biggest club turnout, same again this year?
Nick Rearden has thrown down a turnout challenge on twitter to our neighbouring clubs
Bath CC 100 km Audax
Sunday 6th July 08.30 starting from Combe Down, Bath
Online entry and also a GPS route available
Maybe Nick can throw down the gauntlet for this one too?
I hear its 6-0 to us so far!
Our friends at Great Weston Ride are running a 56 mile challenging route across the Mendips and Somerset levels on Sunday 20th July. The ride starts from Long Ashton Park & Ride and eventually finishes in Weston-Super-Mare with proceeds going to help in the fight against prostate cancer.http://www.greatwestonride.com/
This makes an ideal family day out with relatives and family able to meet you at the finish, making it a real fun day out for all.
Even Further Out
Exmouth Exodus all night ride
Saturday 9th August starting from Green Park station in Bath this year and finishes on the south Devon coast.
Organised food and rest stops along the route.
Last year return transport was provided for riders and bikes at a very reasonable rate.
An ideal opportunity to try an all night ride for curious or adventurous types seeking something new and thrilling.
(More to follow)
Tewkesbury 300km Audax
Saturday 9th August starting from Tewkesbury at 06.00
Ideal event for anyone wishing to try out this distance for the first time
Not ridden it but I hear it is flat, fast and easily ride-able in daylight with a speedy finish
Clubrider Andy Lenthall has been strong armed into entering the Blenheim Palace Sportive on Sunday August 17th starting from Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
Andy is seeking others to join him. See his March 21st post on the club’s Facebook page
Wiltshire 100 mile Sportive
Sunday 7th September start/finish at Devizes, Wiltshire. Start times between 07.00 – 08.00 to suit you.
David Acklam informs us this is a great route across the Pewsey vale and Wiltshire downs.
Audax Club Bristol 200km Grimpeur
Latest news for this event planned for later in summer.
Starts at Aztec West with ample parking and easy access from Bath
Takes in the best of the Brecon Beacons, including the famous ‘Tumble’ climb
Looks a belter…
til next time…
Andy C