Blowingstone-White Horse and Blowingstone-Boomerang

Two events organized by Cycling UK Oxfordshire.  The routes are almost entirely on tarmac with one very brief "off-road" section on the 100km route.  Note that the BWH route has been changed [improved?] to include an ascent of White Horse Hill - a nice sting in the tail! The Blowingstone-Boomerang is a new 50km route for 2018, aimed at those who prefer a more relaxed outing.

Start: Thomas Hughes Memorial Hall, Uffington, SN7 7RA [OS 174 GR 306894] – ample car parking available – park on road outside if full.  Sunday 13th May 2018.  Start time = 9.30 a.m. for BWH; 10.30 a.m. for Boomerang.

Light refreshments will be available at the start; cakes and sandwiches at the finish.

The 107km event has a Control at Marlborough [numerous refreshment facilities] and four information controls.  The 50km event has three information controls. Organized under Audax UK regulations.  All distances are approximate and in km.  Further information and route sheets available below.  The info sheets have a link to the RideWithGPS plots, from which you can download GPX and TCX files.

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 routes are named after the Blowing Stone – a perforated sarsen stone that can be made to ‘sound’ if blown correctly - that is situated close to both routes.  Blowingstone Hill is one of the major climbs on the routes to ascend to the Ridgeway.  Uffington White Horse – a ‘real’ Bronze Age artefact rather than a Victorian copy - is visited by the 100km route and visible during the final kilometres of the 50km route.  The horse is used as a logo on the Cycling UK Wantage cycling jerseys.

The halfway point of the 100km route – 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 sheets.

The routes 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.

To enter, go to the Audax UK website.  Entries via PayPal are encouraged [and are cheaper]. We will offer entry on the day, if there are sufficient brevet cards, but this will be more expensive and is not guaranteed.

Any surplus money will be donated to our nominated charities: Thames Valley & Chilterns Air Ambulance and Flexicare.


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Nicholas Dunton,
30 Dec 2017, 01:17
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Nicholas Dunton,
30 Dec 2017, 01:15
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Nicholas Dunton,
30 Dec 2017, 01:18
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