Full Fat Festive 500
Work that Xmas fat off & complete the Festive 500 in one! Be prepared for anything; from freezing cold to winter sun & blue skies to hurricane winds & rain. Free food before depart and at Arrivée included.
GUARANTEED ENTRY CLOSES SUNDAY 15TH DECEMBER 23:59. BOOKING WILL STILL BE AVAILABLE THOUGH FOR THE 'WAITING LIST' ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. TO AVOID ME WASTING TIME CONTACTING WISH LIST PEOPLE THE NORMAL ENTRY FEE WILL BE PAID UP FRONT THROUGH THE AUK SITE TO JOIN IT. THE FEE IS NON REFUNDABLE IF A PLACE BECOMES AVAILABLE BEFORE OR ON BOXING DAY, WHICH YOU WILL BE MADE AWARE OF VIA EMAIL WITH THE FULL ROUTE DETAILS (ONCE THEY HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED). IF YOU DO NOT GET A PLACE A FULL REFUND WILL BE GIVEN AFTER THE EVENT. YOU WILL BE NOTIFIED OF ANY PLACES AFTER BOXING DAY IN ORDER OF APPLICATION BUT YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE.
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Heading off into the early morning the silence of the city outskirts gives way to eager birdsong. Climb atop the Cotswolds for an easy ride to the first control. Onwards edging the Thames Valley, passing through the centre of Oxford and crossing Ot Moor to the lunch stop. Leaving the Vale of Aylesham passing through Woburn Park for a quick run to Cambridge. Head to St Ives on the traffic free path adjacent to the guided busway; in the dark they'll eerily creep up on you before wooshing past! Onto Higham Ferrers and it's Christmas lights, Northampton with it's Christmas tree atop the National Lift Tower, over rolling hills hopefully with twinkling stars above before a welcome respite at Gaydon's 24hr garage! Fast to the Fosse Way, tickle the Cotswolds and cross the Vale of Evesham; will you use an Audax hotel or will you press on? In the early throws of morning it all becomes a blur; head down into the Severn Valley and you're almost back, Tewkesbury, straight down the A38, Gloucester, keep going, Thornbury traffic lights, left just after past the quarry, Old Gloucester Rd, edge of the city, nearly there, last descent, done! I have done this route bar a few changes thrice in the past between Xmas & NYE; with weather ranging from freezing cold with ice and frost to glorious sunshine one day followed by hurricane winds and walls of water the next to unseasonally warm and benign - be prepared for anything!
This is an X-rated event for experienced randonneurs and endurance cyclists only. The organiser accepts no responsibility for winter weather or road conditions and you undertake this event entirely at your own risk.
Accommodation, travel etc sharing for entrants here: https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=109457.0
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