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Welland Wonders Audax – a grand day out!

Over 100 riders enjoyed a different Audax experience yesterday, starting from the Husbands Bosworth Millenium Sports Pavillion and tackling three routes (50, 110 & 160km).

This was one of the first Audax events to run this year, and lots of thought had gone into making the event as safe as possible, including temperature checks, a socially distance registration process and innovative ‘Vybiral Method’ to manage the secure use of the loos.

Adrian Killworth describes his ride, and shared some pictures:

“I entered the 160k as I hadn’t done a long road ride this year – I’d done a 100 mile MTB and multiple 100k+ off-road rides, but it was time to push it on the road. I’d been out on the MTB the night before for 50k, but I was careful to spin and declined the 3rd beer in the pub after. I’d decided to ride to the start to add another 30k to the ride. We knew with the wind forecast it would mean a good 70k into the wind on the outward leg from Long Buckby to Empingham. We weren’t disappointed, it was 70k of handlebar chewing – particularly as I was riding solo – with multiple climbs including the classic climb from Cottesbrooke to Haselbech. I bumped into Mike Ives at the second control point in Great Easton – also doing the 160 – as also still numbering the days since lockdown on his rides on Strava – this was day 180.

As we turned for home the wind was more welcome, but some big hills still beckoned with the climb from Smeeton Westerby to Gumley and the sting in the tail of the final potholed climb from Theddingworth to Sibbertoft. The back wind for the final run in across Sulby aerodrome was nice, but the last mile was tough into the wind. Job done, now for another 10 miles handlebar chewing into the wind to get home. A great event and a good day out. 190km ridden with over 2,000m of climbing 😄”.

Well done all who rode, and a big thanks to Mike Vybiral and his team of helpers organising a very successful event.

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