No entries on the line (deadline for entries 10/12/17)
Don Black and John Radford at the Horsebox Cafe
This 200km ride is now a traditional fixture. The Start has been moved from its usual location, and we now meet at the Arthur Greenwood Community Centre from 7:30 for tes, coffees, biscuits, and toilets. The finish is at 19 Redbarn Close - not a full control, but you just need to pop your Brevet Card through the letter box.
Lunch is taken at Market Drayton at Morrison's Supermarket cafe, Wetherspoons or Costa Coffee.
Afternoon tea will be at Old Ma's cafe in Gatesheath.
Note the later than usual start time; we start at 8:30am to give you an extra half an hour in bed, and more importantly to give any overnight frost the chance to have thawed, or at least for daylight to have fully established itself so you can see any dodgy patches of ice. Of course that means that you will be finishing in the dark so make sure you take your lights
There will be toilets at the start. The finish is very low-key, just pop your signed brevet card into the letter box at start control.
In view of the time of year, this is a ride for experienced Audaxers. As you will see from the ride numbers, 2009, 2010 and 2011 were badly affected by the weather - but it's the Winter Solstice so we sort of expect that. Don't forget your lights and warm clothing! Bring a map as you may need to find your way around icy lanes (or find the nearest station!). There are plenty of pubs, shops, garages and cafés marked on the route sheet, although this close to Christmas, not all of them might be available, so make sure you carry suitable rations.
If you enter the event but find that you cannot ride on the day because of bad weather, bad health, or family commitments, you have another chance to ride in the Holt Perm.
Need somewhere to stay before or after the ride? Try the Travelodge at Didsbury. You will find a Youth Hostel in Central Manchester.
A winter start in the dark and the snow in 2009