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



Saturday 16th June 2018, starting from Beech Hill , South of Reading
These are serious events, of 200km (125 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, Nick Clark (nickclark2020@gmail.com or 07866 033 638)

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.

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 cafe, 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). 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
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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 cafe, 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 start control
The start is in Beech Hill Village Hall. 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 to the start
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. Continue along this road for about 1 mile to first turning on L.  Turn left and follow narrow lane for 1.5 miles to crossroads by church.  Straight across, and hall is on LHS. 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. Note also the paragraph below about rail services.

Parking
There is plenty of parking at the start. 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. 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 3.1km from the event HQ. Exit station to turn R onto road, continue for approx 3km to crossroads by church, where turn R. Hall on L. Trains from Reading at 0707 for the 200, or 0807 for the 100.

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. Also use the down arrow to download the gpx file you require to your PC, from where you can transfer it to your device. TRYING TO MOVE THE GPX FILE DIRECTLY FROM HERE TO YOUR GPS DEVICE WILL NOT WORK.

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 that on the gpx files for both events the info control waymarks (if you can see them) after the first are wrongly numbered.
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Down the Ups 100.gpx
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