The audax event I completed was the Saracen RC 200k (No 1) permanent audax, organised by Sean Barker. The Saracen RC events (of which there are 2) are new additions to the audax calendar. I chose route No 1 because it had 2 AAA (hilly) points. The AUK and AAA points were needed to keep my RRtY and AAARRtY awards going.
|The route I cycled during the Saracen RC 200k (No 1) audax|
The first stage was relatively lengthy at 60k but relatively flat too. Even though this was a new audax, I had cycled most of the roads before on various other audax events. Indeed the first control was a 'spoons pub in Tewkesbury - a usual start control for various other events. At the 'spoons pub I didn't have my usual staple audax diet of beans on toast. Instead, I had an awesome chilli noodles and chicken dish. Delicious!
After a wee bit of rain during stage one, the sun came out and stayed out. This turned out to be a real hot day. Was pleased that most controls had only about 20k between them. The next stop was Ledbury.
|A nice bench for luncheon purposes|
|Wasn't Rachels bench, it was mine!|
|The archway to Ludlow|
The final stage was like the first in that it was about 60k. This stage was more difficult though as it was hilly and very hot. How mean to place all the hills at the end of the route.
|Hilliness profile of Saracen RC 200 (No 1) audax|
|View from Clee Hill|
Have now cycled 4,195k this year. Am planning on taking a break for the next couple of weeks. Maybe I'll start up my running again?
Oh, as mentioned last week, here is a link to that news item suggesting car drivers give more space to female cyclists: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/somerset/5334208.stm