Spoke on the Water: 108km Audax

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Westerley CC’s MAY DAY CHILTERN AUDAXES are back with brand spanking new routes for 2018.

Spoke On The Water is a more accessible Audax route taking in some great sights and lanes in the Home Counties with some spectacular Thames crossings at Datchet, Hambledon, Marlow and Cookham, as well as Windsor Great Park, Ascot Racecourse and a taste of the Chilterns.

Start 8.45am Ruislip Monday 7th May 2018

A shorter version of the 217k A Ride Called Quest , this leaves the longer event near Maidenhead, before crossing it and returning home via Chiltern Roads, passing through some classic local routes.

The route is designed to be accessible and manageable for most riders, mostly on lanes and B roads with a cafe control approximately half way.

In keeping with our previous events the name is derived from a classic song, this time Deep Purple’s ‘Smoke on the Water’ and we’ve kept the tradition of re-working the lyrics:

We all came out to Marlow

On the River Thames shoreline

Route recorded on a mobile

With an allotted time

Fast zapping with the others

We’re at the best place around

Windsor, Henley, already been done

Cookham next then Ruislip bound

Spoke on the water, tyres seem to fly

Spoke on the water



Entries may be made on the Audax UK page here.


Heading South West we sneak out of Greater London near ‘Little Britain’ a set of small lakes near Iver, then pass the Reserviors at Datchet before seeing the Thames for the first time. Great views of Windsor Castle and Ascot Racecourse are enjoyed before a nice lanesy meander through the lower Chilterns with Thames crossings at Marlow and Cookham. Finally, the route sneaks back into Greater London passing the lakes in the Colne Valley at Harefield and back into leafy Ruislip.

  • One Café Control and two infos.
  • Food and tea/coffee at start included in price.
  • Three main climbs at Old Windsor, Hambledon and Hedsor
  • 900 metres of ascent over the route

Spoke On The Water  – route map

Spoke On The Water  – elevation profile


  • Windsor Castle
  • Ascot Racecourse

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.
  • Control and Shops at Marlow
  • 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.

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


  • 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 Manor 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. 


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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