Saturday 17th June 2017. 6am start from Mortimer Common (near Reading).
A beautiful ride exploring quiet roads through Berkshire, Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey - truly the Rural South.
This is a scenic but quite hilly ride (height gain according to ViewRanger is 3846m). It heads out over the Berkshire/Hampshire Downs for breakfast in Alresford, before turning south to Portsdown Hill (edge of Portsmouth), east through the South Downs, then north up to Wisborough Green and onto the edge of the Surrey Hills, then west to Selborne, close to Alresford before heading north to the edge of Basingstoke, and home. The previous route is here: http://binged.it/1m4AymE. This year the ride starts and finishes in Mortimer Common, but the actual route will remain the same.
Just confirm that there is no mechanical support on the ride, and no roadside event signage.
Please use the on-line entry on the AUK site: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/17-246/ Although this uses PayPal, you don't actually need a PayPal account to enter. It will be possible to enter on the day, but there will be a late-entry fee for this, and I cannot guarantee that I will have sufficient Brevet Cards available.
Getting to the start:
Please note the new start location this year: St John's hall, Mortimer Common.
Mortimer common is south of Reading. Leave M4 at J11, and follow A33 Basingstoke. Straight across first traffic-light junction, keep in right-hand lane and shortly right at traffic lights. Immediately left at mini-rbt. Continue along this road for about 3.5 miles to another mini roundabout. Bear right and up hill into Mortimer Common. After another mile (from the mini rbt) bear left into West End Road. Hall is about 100m along on left. For those that need instructions, go to the AUK calendar page (link above), click on the map and then enter your starting point for full driving instructions. The postcode for satnavs is RG7 3TE.
Parking: there is extremely limited parking at the hall. Instead, please use the two municipal car parks in the village, or alternatively considerately park in the residential areas beyond the parking restriction area. Remember also that local residents will likely still be asleep when you arrive, and quite possibly leave!
Rail services: Reading station is an 15km ride from the start, albeit requiring some fiddly navigation in town. While Mortimer station is closer to the start (1.8km), services on the line are not early enough for the start. Due to on-going engineering works to Reading station and its vicinity, it is worth checking for changes on the national rail website: http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/
Where to stay: the nearest Travelodge is at Reading M4 services, just 9km away. There are plenty of hotels at various prices in Reading see hotels.
Any queries in the meantime please email me, Ian Doyle, at: email@example.com