Last weekend’s Audaxes
By Martin Lucas
The 13th edition of the Willesden CC organised Nyctophobic 100 km and Anfractuous 200 km audax events starting from Chalfont St Peter took place on 14th October. Good autumn weather had been requested and duly delivered for the events with over 90 riders enjoying the autumn colours and quiet roads. As usual on audax events there was good cross section of bikes from lightweight carbon frames to tourers and a few fixed wheel machines, plus a tandem and a fast looking recumbent.
The Nyctophobic route headed through Marlow then climbed to Christmas Common before descending to Watlington and the Waterside Cafe at Benson. After suitable refreshment the riders returned to Chalfont via Cookley Green, Marlow and Cookham. The longer Anfractuous route continued from Benson through the Berkshire downs to Wantage and Lambourn and returned via a fine selection of lanes to Pangbourne and Henley before joining the Nyctophobic route at Marlow.
On returning to Chalfont the riders were able to relax, chat and refuel in the hall. Hot food including home-made lentil & tomato soup, beans on toast as well as rice pudding, peaches and extra special bread pudding were available. Many thanks to Liam, Ian, Maria and Wendy & Jim who volunteered to help at the hall. It was great to have your assistance!
The next Willesden audax event is the Willy Warmer 200 km on 20th January 2018 from Chalfont St Peter. It is a great way to get some winter miles in and perhaps push the distance a little. Entries available on-line here:
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