Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Up coming Audaxes

Nosh at Twa Wee Coonties Audax

Super-Audaxer Neil Fraser has highlighted a couple of local Audaxes which look like really great rides and might appeal to a lot of club members.

First off - "Midnight Madness!" on Friday 4th September. This is a 200km ride that starts from Biggar at 9pm, goes over the Beeftub to Moffat then down the old A74 to Longtown. Then comes all the way back again. It's an easy 200 and the only event in the calendar that runs at night. If you've not done a night ride before I'd really recommend it - there is no traffic on the roads, the riders pretty much all stick together and it's a really fun ride. You can get into Annandale and Gretna services on the way down and the way back so there's plenty stopping for coffee and snacks and the cafe in Biggar opens at 7am so that everyone meets for a full cooked breakfast at the finish. Last year the highlight of the ride was starting the climb of the Beeftub in total darkness and reaching the top just as daylight dawned. Magical. I'm gutted that I'll miss this year's ride 'cos I'm away on holiday.

Sunday 20th September is the date for the "Three Glens Explorer". This is a 160km (100 mile!) ride and ideal for anyone thinking of trying a "century" ride for the first time. The start is in Dalmeny church hall and the route goes over the bridge and due North all the way to Milnathort. It then takes the Path of Condie road down to Dunning, doubles back by Common of Dunning to Yetts O' Muckart then goes over Glendevon to Auchterarder. That's the three Glens! From Auchterarder the route goes via Dunblane to Bridge of Allan then back along the Fife side of the Forth. At the finish you can look forward to some excellent soup, cakes, tea, coffee and possibly even wine. All for your £5.50 entry fee.

If you want to enter any audax go to set the Region Filter to Scotland and you'll find all the info.

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