Alan Furley Events - Up the Downs 200km & Down the Ups 100km

Coronavirus update

All Audax events are currently suspended. It is unclear how long this suspension will last.

If the suspension continues, there are options to either defer or cancel the events. It is looking unlikely that they will be deferred but this may change.

If these events are to be cancelled they will be cancelled no later than May 15th2020.

Those who have entered and paid will then be offered the opportunity for a refund or for the fee to be donated equally to the charities that benefit each year from any surplus (Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Cyclists’ Defence Fund).

Saturday 13th June 2020, starting from Beech Hill , South of Reading

These are serious events, of 204km (127 miles) or 105km (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.

The 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 the events should be directed to the organiser, Nick Clark ( 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). 

Entries on the day
 It will be possible to enter on the day, but note that:
(a) the entry fee will be £6.50 (100km) or £7.50 (200km) (with an additional £3 for temporary AUK membership unless you can show you are an AUK/CTC member),
(b) it 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 sufficient spares on the day.

Up the Downs 200 km - start time 08:00
Controls are at FARNBOROUGH (Berkshire Downs), SHRIVENHAM and ASHMANSWORTH, plus 5 information controls. 

The control at Farnborough is the Saddleback Farm Shop Café set in the Berkshire Downs. Drinks, cakes and snacks abound.

The Prince of Wales in Shrivenham has welcomed the ride since it started in 1991.  Cycle parking and a garden to the rear if it's nice weather for sitting out. They open early for any faster riders and typically lay on a big pan of a tasty pasta dish for quick dollop  serving. They also have their full pub menu with vegetarian options etc if you prefer. It's worth a good refuelling here as there are plenty of miles and hills before the next control.

80km later, the Ashmansworth control is in the village hall, where hot or cold drinks and cakes will be available to refresh you for the final leg. The gap between Shrivenham and Ashmansworth is long - riders may consider making an additional stop in the villages of Ramsbury or Great Bedwyn or there are a couple of public houses along the route as it dips down into Hampshire.

Start Time: 08:00
Fee: £7.50   (+£3.00 extra if temporary membership required)
Speeds:15 - 30 kph Total Climb: approx 2250m
Finish by: 21:44

A draft gpx file for the route can be downloaded from the bottom of this page (the 2019 route)
This will be updated nearer the date, when a route sheet will also be made available

The route can also be viewed at: with various download options if you subscribe.

Down The Ups 100km - start time 09:00

Controls are now at FARNBOROUGH (Berkshire Downs),  and BALL HILL, plus 3 information controls. 


The control at Farnborough is in a farm shop café set in the Berkshire Downs. Drinks, cakes and snacks abound.

The Ball Hill control is also a garden centre where access is more straightforward, with cycle stands outside.

Start Time: 09:00

Fee: £6.50  (+£3.00 extra if temporary membership required)

Speeds:12 - 30 kph Total Climb: approx 1050m

Finish by: 17:45

A draft gpx file for the route can be downloaded from the bottom of this page (the 2019 route)
This will be updated nearer the date, when a route sheet will also be made available

Meanwhile the route can be viewed at:

Beech Hill Village Hall, RG7 2BE (start/ finish)

Beech Hill village 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 village hall on left.  


Car parking is available at Beech Hill Village Hall.

Please park tidily and use the space efficiently.


Rail services

Reading station is an 11km ride from the start, albeit requiring some fiddly navigation, much of it through the town. Mortimer station is closer to the start (4.6km to the west). Trains leave Reading Station for Mortimer at 07:06 (for the 200km ride) and 08:03 (for the 100km ride).

Nick Clark,
28 May 2019, 12:33
Nick Clark,
28 May 2019, 12:20