Event organized by Cycling UK Wantage. The route is almost entirely on tarmac with one very brief "off-road" section. The final 15km are flat and fast, in nice contrast to the rest of the route!
Start: Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, SN7 7RA [OS 174 GR 306894] – ample car parking available – park on road outside if full. Sunday 14th May 2017. Start time = 9.30 a.m.
Light refreshments will be available at the start; cakes and sandwiches at the finish.
107km cycling event starting from Uffington. Control at Marlborough [numerous refreshment facilities] and four information controls. Organized under Audax UK regulations. All distances are approximate and in km.
Information controls require you to write the answer to a simple question on the Brevet Card you will collect at the start. Remember to take a pen!
The route is named after the Blowing Stone – a perforated sarsen stone that can be made to ‘sound’ if blown correctly - that is situated close to the route. Blowingstone Hill is one of the major climbs on the route to ascend to the Ridgeway. Uffington White Horse – a ‘real’ Bronze Age artefact rather than a Victorian copy - is visible during the final kilometres. The horse is used as a logo on the Cycling UK Wantage cycling jerseys.
The halfway point – Marlborough - is a charming town with many opportunities for coffee and lunch. The control café is quite small, so AFTER YOUR BREVET HAS BEEN STAMPED it may be preferable to seek an alternative for refreshment, rather than endure a long wait. There are numerous pubs that serve food en route, some of which are named on the route sheet.
The route included several small lanes with uncertain road surfaces that can get muddy and slippery in wet conditions. Be prepared for potholes and punctures. Mudguards are advisable - especially in wet conditions - as a courtesy to other riders and our café control.
Any surplus money will be donated to Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance.