Alan Furley Events (Up the Downs, Down the Ups)

Saturday 17th June 2017, starting from Mortimer Common , South of Reading 
For 2017 only, both the date and the venue are changed. The change is because National 400 is being held on our normal weekend, and no event of 300k or more is allowed on the same weekend. The Rural South 300 has been run alongside the Furley events for the last few years so these events are moved along with the Rural South.  Due to hall (un)availability the venue also had to be changed.  This has meant that the first section of both events has been amended to maintain the overall length of the events.  Unfortunately, it also adds a couple of extra hills!
As yet the routesheet, cover notes and gpx files have not been corrected to these changes.

These are serious events, of 202km (126 miles) or 106km (66 miles), and the longer event in particular requires considerable stamina.  Entrants are expected to be experienced cyclists, familiar with riding the distance, and able to carry out routine simple repairs should they be needed.  It is wise to carry several spare inner tubes and the means to deploy them.  There is no mechanical support on the ride, and no roadside event signage.
 
This events are not races.  Please avoid doing anything that could spoil the events - be friendly and courteous to all those you meet on the ride (including drivers, horse riders and pedestrians) and act as an ambassador for audax and cycling generally.
 
As with most of the country, the state of repair of the roads can best be described as poor.  Riders should not assume that any lack of comment on the routesheet about road surface means that the surface is good.  It is the responsibility of all riders to take suitable care.
 
If this is your first audax experience, you may find Notes for Audax novices helpful.

Any queries about this event should be directed to the organiser, Phil Dyson (philipmdyson@btinternet.com or 01491 651284)

To enter see the AUK website for the 100 and the 200.  On-line entry is available (with payment via PayPal - note that you do not need to have a PayPal account to use this facility).  It will be possible to enter on the day, but note that (a) the entry fee will be £10 (including £2 temporary AUK membership unless you can show you are an AUK/CTC member), (b) may cause you to start later than the main field as my priority will be to those who entered in advance, and (c) while I always order what I expect to be enough Brevet cards, I cannot guarantee to have spares on the day. 

The start control

The start is in Beech Hill Village Hall St Johns Church Hall, Mortimer Common.  The control will open at about 0700, and hot & cold drinks, toast, biscuits and bananas will be available.  Those who have entered in advance will find their brevet card on the table opposite the entrance.  There is no need to register - if your card is taken it will be assumed you have started.  On-the-day entrants will find a registration table near the entrance.  The 200km event starts at 0800, the 100km event starts at 0900.

How to get there

Beech Hill 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.  Towards the end of Grazeley village turn left for Beech Hill.  Continue along this road until the crossroads next to the church, where straight across to VH on left  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 2BE RG7 3TE.  Note also the paragraph below about rail services.

Parking

Cars can be parked at the start location.  Please park tidily, following the instructions of any helper if necessary, and remember that local residents will likely still be asleep when you arrive!

Where to stay 

The nearest Travelodge is at Reading M4 services, just 8km away.  There are plenty of hotels at various prices in Reading see hotels.

Rail services 

Reading is well served by trains from London Paddington (and indeed much of the UK).  Reading station is an 11km ride from the start and (in the author's opinion) is a relatively complex and not particularly pleasant route. Mortimer station (10 minutes on the Reading - Basingstoke line) is 4.6km 2km from the event HQ.  Exit station to turn R onto road,  continue to Beech Hill.  VH signposted on RHS, opposite church L onto road, L at mini roundabout and after about 1.5km bear left into West End Road.  Hall on L after 100 m. Trains from Reading at 0707 for the 200, or 0807 for the 100.


Alan Furley's Up the Downs 200 km - start time 0800
Controls at HERMITAGE, SHRIVENHAM and ASHMANSWORTH, plus 5 information controls. 
The garden centre at Hermitage has a new cafe. In some ways it's better (not least because it opens earlier so I won't have to set up in the car park to provide refreshments) but its location is poor. Riders will have to go into the main garden centre (follow "Entrance"), turn R and follow between displays until just past National Trust pot display, then right again, past the garden room showrooms, then (after the Crane showroom) right again into the cafe patio area, where bikes can be left and entry made directly to the cafe. Exit is the reverse. There is clearly plenty of scope for interaction with garden centre customers only there to buy plants and pots (!) so please be considerate. And please DO NOT TRY TO ENTER THE BUILDING VIA THE EXIT.  The Prince of Wales in Shrivenham is familiar with providing quick and simple (usually pasta but they have a full menu) meal for riders.  The Ashmansworth control is in the village hall, where hot or cold drinks and cakes will be available (riders of previous editions should note the change from Faccombe, which is unavailable this year).  The gap between Shrivenham and Ashmansworth is long - riders may consider making an additional stop in the village of Ramsbury

Start Time: 08:00 
Fee: £7.00 (£6.00 when paying via PayPal) 
Speeds:15 - 30 kph Total Climb: approx 2100m 
gpx file below

Alan Furley's Down the Ups 106 km - start time 0900
Controls at HERMITAGE and BALL HILL S of Newbury, plus 6 information controls. 
The garden centre at Hermitage has a new cafe. In some ways it's better but its location is poor. Riders will have to go into the main garden centre (follow "Entrance"), turn R and follow between displays until just past National Trust pot display, then right again, past the garden room showrooms, then (after the Crane showroom) right again into the cafe patio area, where bikes can be left and entry made directly to the cafe. Exit is the reverse. There is clearly plenty of scope for interaction with garden centre customers only there to buy plants and pots (!) so please be considerate. And please DO NOT TRY TO ENTER THE BUILDING VIA THE EXIT.  The Yew Tree Garden Centre is a small but well-appointed cafe with a range of light lunchtime options.

Start Time: 09:00
Fee: £6.50 (£5.50 when paying via PayPal) 
Speeds:12.5 - 30 kph Total Climb: approx 1000m 
gpx file below
 
The gpx Tracks below were created in RideWithGPS, and edited in Garmin's Mapsource and MemoryMap,  The Tracks comprise 500 Trackpoints for the 200 and 427 Trackpoints for the 100 (in a single track segment), and Waypoints showing the location of the controls, info controls and arrivee.  Anyone using either of these gpx files should satisfy themselves, in advance of the event, that the track displays correctly on whichever GPS device they use.  The organiser makes no warranty beyond stating that the track follows the route described in the Routesheet faithfully.


NOTE - the Routesheets below should be downloaded (use the "down arrow" at the right of the relevant file listing)
 and then printed, as formatting is preserved.  Clicking on the file name gives poor results.  Using pdf routesheets gives more reliable results regarding formatting.



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