A Ride Called Quest: 217km Audax

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Westerley CC’s MAY DAY CHILTERN AUDAXES are back with brand spanking new routes for 2018. A mix of Chiltern Hills, Windsor Great Park and the Aylesbury Vale along mainly quiet roads make this an ideal way to spend a Bank Holiday Monday.

8.00 am Ruislip Monday 7th May 2018

For 2018, the 200km version, weighing in at 217km, visits Surrey, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Middlesex in a rural loop taking in some excellent cycling friendly roads. As a bonus it is also designed to visit 10 British Cycling Quest Checkpoints en route, and participants may choose to add this achievement to their palmares on the day.

Following last year’s precedent both rides have names with musical connections, last year the 200km ride was the Chiltern, Chiltern, Bang, Bang, this year it’s A Ride Called Quest …the Scenery-oh!

East Berks stompin’, rippin’ and rompin’

Marlow, plus Windsor Great Park and Quainton

Checka, checka check it out

The loop’s for the troops, more bounce to the ounce

And wow how now wow, how now, brown cow?

OK, we’re stealing a line (or two) from 90s rap legends A Tribe Called Quest’s classic ‘Scenario’ but the Cycling UK’s British Cycle Quest (BCQ) is a fascinating challenge – there are 402 checkpoints spread across the UK. A list of all the checkpoints, listed by county can be found here.

The ‘bite size’ version of the challenge involves visiting 10 sites which would earn any participant a certificate….compared to doing all 402 which involves receiving an engraved trophy.

For more details visit:

British Cycling Quest

Entry

Entries may be made through the Audax UK website here.

Route

  • Six Counties ridden: Middlesex, Herts, Bucks, Oxon, Berks, Surrey
  • 10 UK Cycling BCQ Checkpoints – qualifies for certificate
  • A mix of hills and fast flat roads with a few minor inclines thrown in
  • Main climbs at Turville, Marlow, Nether Winchendon and Wiggington
  • 1,800 metres of ascent over the route

A Ride Called Quest route map

A Ride Called Quest elevation profile

Sightseeing 

  • Windsor Great Park
  • Windsor Castle
  • Ascot Race Course
  • Waddesden Estate
  • Quainton Railway Centre

Food stops 

The following controls are most suited to a bite to eat en route:

  • Ruislip – Start with Bacon, Sausage or Egg Roll plus Tea or Coffee provided.
  • Marlow – Costa or various other establishments
  • Hambledon – Village shop (teas and cakes etc available)
  • Watlington – Various
  • Quainton – George and Dragon café
  • Ruislip – The clubhouse bar at the finish will be open.

En route there are several garden centres and other tea shop/cafes that may be worth a stop if needed as alternative eating places if the timings don’t suit. However, this is generally along rural roads and stops are more scarce beyond Watlington

Shops/Petrol Stations at Whitchurch, Wing, Aldbury, and other places may be useful.

Start venue

Grosvenor Vale Ruislip – Wealdstone Football Club

Parking at the venue – please follow any instructions on the day and only park in designated areas

Alternatives

  • Street Parking: Ruislip is a residential suburb and has plentiful street parking, however you will find restrictions near shops and tube stations.
  • Kingsend South Car Park, Wood lane (Waitrose): Long Term Parking on the left £5.50 all day (less for London Borough of Hillingdon residents)
  • Ruislip Maor Car Park Linden Road (near Ruislip Manor tube Station): free on Sundays
  • Pembroke Road: Near Ruislip Manor opposite Kwik Fit

Start venue

Getting there

From London

Take the A40 Western Avenue to the Polish War Memorial exit (SP RUISLIP) take the third exit off the roundabout and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

From the North, South and West

The most straightforward route is to take the M25 to the intersection with the M40 (Junction 16) and head towards London. Take the fourth exit after passing Northolt Airport (SP POLISH WAR MEMORIAL / Ruislip) and follow West End Road past Ruislip Gardens Tube Station and continue on until you reach a sharp left hand bend, with a right turn in to Grosvenor Vale. Turn right and The Football Club Ground is straight ahead through the gates.

Alternatives can be shorter, for example from the North via Watford (Bushey Arches) through Northwood or Northwood Hills, or via Chorleywood and Rickmansworth from the M25. You can also take the second or third exits off the M40/A40 and travel via Swakeleys Road/Long Lane. From the South, Heathrow and the M4 (junction 3) it is possible to take A312 (The parkway) northwards to the Polish War Memorial then follow the directions from London (see above).

By Train

Please check Bank Holiday timetables and engineering work closures in advance!

  • Ruislip Gardens Station – Central Line Tube from central London (Nearest Central Line Station
  • West Ruislip Station or South Ruislip Station – Central Line Tube from central London and Chiltern Line from London Marylebone or High Wycombe and further afield. It is recommended that you check the timetable as many Chiltern Line trains stop at one or the other, but not both stations!
  • Ruislip or Ruislip Manor – Metropolitan Line and Piccadilly line from Central London or Uxbridge

Note: bikes are not allowed on London’s deep tunnel sections of the tube. The Metropolitan Line is not deep tunnel and can accommodate bikes throughout. However the Central Line to West Ruislip can only accommodate bikes from White City outwards, and the Piccadilly line from Barons Court outwards. 

Hotels

Premier Inn Ruislip (about 20 rooms) – 10 minutes from start

Barn Hotel – nearest hotel to the start

Ramada South Ruislip – Station Approach by South Ruislip tube station

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