Westerley’s first ever audax events ran on May Day, with 100 and 200k routes out of Ruislip deep into the beautiful Chilterns. Westerley have been riding through the Chilterns for over ninety years, and it was a brilliant opportunity to show off some of our favourite roads to a wider audience, and in nicer weather than our January Winter Warm ride ever gets!
We were really pleased to have around 175 entries, and although only 132 started in the end, the bad weather forecast never really materialised with only the odd shower here and there. There were 124 finishers and it was very sociable both during the ride and in the clubhouse at Wealdstone FC before and after the event.
Offering a 100k route meant that lots of the riders were taking part in their first ever audax, and the feedback was that the more moderate pace and repeated opportunities to chat with the riders around you made for a sociable and pleasant ride.
We had entries from across the south east, London, the Midlands and Wales. We even had one of Wealdstone FC’s players, Wes Parker as well and former Watford and Brentford striker Scott Fitzgerald. And a huge chapeau to the firemen who were putting out a house blaze at 4am then finished their shift and rode the Audax!
Both of the routes took in some of the best bits of the Chilterns – with particular highlights being the Ashridge Estate and its stunning bluebell woods; the views from Wendover woods as the sun broke through the clouds; and the postcard perfect Chilterns villages like Penn and Sarratt.
After the success of the first event, plans are already in place to exceed ourselves next May Day bank holiday with two different routes that will take in even more of the best the Chilterns has to offer.
As well as thanking everyone who took part, special thanks to the Westerley members who helped out – and particularly Dave Morrison who pretty much single handedly made the event the massive success it was.
Provisional results for both distances are now up on AUK website: