This is a long-running midweek 100 organised by ReadingCTC. Mike Hardiman is the organiser, and he has posted some information on the Reading CTC site (see the link below). Similar information is posted below on this page:
Audax cycling events are long distance rides that
require the rider to be self-sufficient and follow a route sheet that is
provided. This gives clear instructions of when to turn left, right, etc. It is
not a map.
Unlike Sportives, which are much more expensive to
enter, they do not have the route pre-marked with direction arrows at
junctions. Also there is no support vehicle to get you home if you suffer a
mechanical problem. If you are unable to finish, the organiser should be
telephoned (see Brevet card) so that you are known to be safe but not expected
back at the finish. The Brevet card, obtained at the start, must be stamped by
a Controller at each Control Point, including the finish, so it can be shown
that the rider has correctly completed the course.
Audax cycling events are a personal challenge, not
a race. However, the event must be completed within a pre-set time in order
that the rider can class it as successfully completed. Riders need to manage
the combination of riding time, and time for rest / food breaks, within the
overall time limit.
The Dinton 103k (64 miles) Audax
The 2017 Dinton Audax mid-week event commences at
10:00 am on Wednesday May 3rd. The start, and finish, is at the Dragonfly Cafe,
Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst, (post code RG10 0TH). There is a ‘pay and
display’ car park (£6.00 for 4 hours or more). Cyclists who have pre-entered
the event should arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to allow time for
collection of their Brevet card, etc. If you have not pre-entered please
allow more time to complete the enrolment form, make payment (£3 plus £2
insurance if you are not a member of Audax UK or Cycling UK (formerly CTC).
Refreshments may be purchased from the Dragonfly
Cafe before (and after) the event and at The Country Market at the Kingsley
Control, the Kingsley Village Centre shop (see information sheet) or the Jolly Farmer Pubic House (approx. 3 miles after the Control).
The route is on quiet country roads and heads out
in a southwesterly direction via Swallowfield and Odiham to the half-way
point at Kingsley, returning in a northeasterly direction via Crondall, Phoenix
Green and Hazeley.
The maximum time allowed for the event is 6 hours
52 minutes. The finish control at Dinton closes at 16:52. Any rider who does
not expect to finish before this time should telephone the organiser (details
on Brevet card) so that we know he / she is safe. In order to discourage racing, riders must not
finish quicker than 3 hours 26 mins (i.e. not before 13:26). This gives a
minimum average speed for the event (including time stopped) of a 15kph
(9.3mph) and a maximum of 30kph (18.6mph).
The event is
organised by Reading CTC. Any surplus from the event will be donated to
the Thames & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust.
Directions to the start
Getting to the
start point (Dragonfly Cafe, Dinton Pastures Country Park,
Hurst), (post code RG10 0TH) See below for directions.
The start and finish is
at the Dragonfly Café, Dinton Pastures Country Park, Hurst
From Reading: Head South, towards Wokingham, on the
A329 (not the A329(M)). Continue until you reach a cross roads, with
a hand car wash and Sainsbury’s store on your right. Turn left at the traffic
lights at this junction. Proceed (30mph limit) over the railway bridge then
over the A329(M) bridge. Immediately at the end of the bridge over the
A329(M) turn left into Dinton Pastures Country Park (signposted as above pictures).
From the M4: Exit at junction 10 and follow signs
to Reading. This filters onto the A329(M). Take the first exit (Winnersh
Triangle). Keep right at the first roundabout, then immediately move to the
left-hand lane to keep left at the next roundabout. Again keep in the
left-hand lane to take the first exit at the next (light controlled) roundabout.
Proceed on the A329 towards Wokingham until you reach a cross roads,
with a hand car wash and Sainsbury’s store on your right. Turn left at the
traffic lights at this junction. Proceed (30mph) over the railway bridge
then over the A329(M). Immediately at the end of the bridge over the
A329(M) turn left into Dinton Pastures Country Park (signposted).
4. If travelling by train, turn left on exiting the station. The entrance to Dinton Pastures is on the left as you descend from the bridge over the A329(M).
There is a ‘pay and display’ car park. The
charge is £6.00 for 4 hours or more. Please ensure you have adequate
Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start to allow time for collection of your Brevet card, any updates to the route sheet, etc. Pre-entry (up to 7 days before the event) are £3 by post - no Paypal entries. See AUK website for entry form. If you have have not pre-entered please allow more time to complete the entry form, make payment (£4 on the day, plus £2 insurance if you are not a member of a cycling club).
NOTE: Do not park in one of the car parks that close early. If you do so your vehicle may be locked in, and there is a hefty release fee!
control at Dinton closes at 16:52. Any rider who does not expect to finish
before this time (due to mechanical problems or other reasons) should telephone
the organiser (details will be on the Brevet card) so that you are known to be
safe although not expected at the finish control within the event’s time
We look forward
to seeing you on the day and trust that you will have a safe an enjoyable ride. Below is a picture of riders preparing to start.
Refreshments and sights en-route:
Hot food is available at the Country Market Control at Kingsley, the Kingsley Village Centre Shop (sandwiches and hot drinks only - 200 yds off-route - see information / route sheet) or the Jolly Farmer Public House, approximately 3 miles after the Control on return route (see route sheet).
Keep a watch for the Heron at the left turn by pond at Bentley on the return leg (it's not always there!).
This Ford is near the end of the ride (see route sheet).
It is deep and fast flowing.
DO NOT ATTEMPT TO RIDE THROUGH IT.
Use the footbridge, but give room to anglers who may be fishing from it.