The Bluebell Ride – 100km Audax

Last Sunday’s Bluebell 100km Audax turned out to be a real crowd puller. The prospect of a sunny day plus the best bluebells to be seen in many years seemed to be the draw. We were not disappointed. It was an excellent ride with swathes of bluebells on display in all the woods between Ruislip and the turn at Wendover. On hand at the World’s End Garden Centre were Ian and Pauline Why who had a busy day processing all the brevet cards and scraps of paper being used as make shift brevet cards.

The route was pretty much the same in previous years except that the leg busting climb opposite the Deep Mill dinner was replaced by a more gentle climb up Chalk lane. Old “favourites” like Stoney Lane and the climb up to Harefield were retained to test riders in the last 20km of the ride.

A garden party atmosphere greeted the riders on their return to Ruilip Manor. Tables and chairs were arranged under the shade of trees, with plenty of restorative food on offer for the hungry hoardes.

A great day out and thank you to Liz Creese and Rocco for organising it.

John Davies

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