Riders of the Months
All those who took part in PBP 2019. As we can't publish a photo of everyone, here is an unknown rider on a misty morning on the final stage. Thanks to Graham Brodie for the picture (Graham completed the ride in 87 hours and still found time for photography!). Congratulations to all AUK riders who finished and commiserations to those who didn't.
Brothers Andrew and Jonty tucking into a Devon Delicacy (or three!) at the end of the Devon Delight 100km from Newton Abbot, organised by Graham Brodie. This popular ride runs on the same day as a 200km event with 3 AAA points. Not yet in next year's calendar but if you can't resist a scone keep a look out when the new season's rides are published.
Janet and Duncan on the Pino tandem riding through Cambridge on the first leg of Fenland Friends 600km (possibly smiling as they haven't yet encountered the endless cabbage fields). This was their second successful 600km and the last of their qualifying rides for PBP. Bonne route!
The women who rode London-Wales-London on 4th May - probably the highest proportion of women ever entering a longer AUK event, partly thanks to encouragement from organiser Liam FitzPatrick. Of course all the women then actually had to ride their bikes - a task not made any easier by the unseasonal cold weather overnight. Chapeau all.
Anita on Dean Clementson's Overground Underground 50km ride from Newby Wiske. Looks a little damp, but a good day was had by all. Dean's next ride is the 400km Great North Road, starting from Cockerton, Darlington
Or maybe this month's passenger? This is Chalky, on VC167's Ripon Canter 100km, with Vicki and Paul doing the work. March was unusually warm this year, which should have helped the riders, but on the other hand we had storms Freya and Gareth to contend with, which made things trickier!
Graeme Wyllie testing the route for his 400km Auld Alliance ride, which will run in April. This is taken on the road between Auchterarder and Dunning, but if you enter the event, you'll be doing this part in the dark! Graeme's description of his ride is on yacf
Bleak, misty and a bit mysterious - the feel of a winter Audax in the mid-Wales hills. This is from Andy Cox's Taith Mynydd Canolbarth Cymru 212 km. Andy's next rides are the The Towy & Ystwyth Explorer and Meirionydd & More, both starting from Aberyswyth
Audax stalwart Tom Deakins crossing the Bridge at St Ives with an Audax Club Mid Essex group on his Boudicca's Revenge 200 km perm. ACME was only founded in 2016 but already has a full programme of rides.
Ivor relaxing in an Audax Hotel on the Moonrakers and Sunseekers 300km ride through the night from Bristol to the coast at Poole. Organised by Great Western Randonnées with support from Audax Club Bristol
En route to Newmarket on the Cambridge Autumnal - not surprisingly Ian got home first. There was a big turnout for both the 100km and 200km events, which ran from Cambridge into Suffolk and back to the Arrivee in Girton Village Hall, with Ewa's now-legendary soup and baking. Ride organised by Cambridge Audax