Audax in Lancaster
For the last twenty years, CTC Lancaster & South Lakes has hosted at least one Audax ride each season, organised by our long standing member Mike Hutchinson and a loyal band of helpers. This year the Club's Audax ride - also a Cycling UK Tourist Competition event - was the Bowland Forest Populaire held on the 3rd May 2020 and, like last year, begin in Wray and coincide with the Wray Scarecrow Week.
'Audax UK' (it's Latin for 'bold') is the name a long distance cycling association founded in 1976. It promotes rides of 200, 300, 400 and 600kms in length. Although run under the auspices of Audax UK, the Lancaster and South Lakes event is run as a 'Populaire', of the shorter length of around 100kms. It is hoped that riders of all styles and strengths will come and join in. It may not be as long as some Audax rides but it is through beautiful Lancashire countryside... with a few challenging hills to make the most of the views.
The ride is of approximately 102kms [64 miles] with a generous time allowance - ride slowly or take a long lunch, whichever you wish! The ride starts at 9.00am at Wray Village Hall and riders have to have to complete the ride between 14:12 and 17:19. This gives overall average speeds of no faster than 20kph [12.4mph] and allows for a minimum average speed of only 12.5kph [7.5mph]. The route is the same as in 2017 and will go down the Lune Valley, through Quernmore, up over Harrisend Fell & through a checkpoint at Chipping. Then on through Dunsop Bridge, Slaidburn and Tosside before turning north to another checkpoint at Rathmell before returning to Wray. Here is the full route and here is the flier advertising the event.
There are plenty of parking spaces available and the Village Hall will have refreshments for competitors. Entries cost £8 (which includes 3rd Party Insurance for the duration of the event. £5 entries for members of Cycling UK and/or Audax UK).