Public transport to Lymington Lymington Town railway station is very close to the events start and finish in the town centre. (Lymington Pier railway station is where the September IoW events start) There are earlier/ later and more frequent trains on the main line to Brockenhurst, which is about 10km from Lymington.
Camping We recommend hurstview campsite, which is 3km from the events start and finish (5km from the ferry terminal). They have always been helpful, often fitting in AUK members at short notice.
Audax UK Events You are provided with a route sheet to follow (the route is not signed on the road), and a brevet card, which you should get stamped at various Controls (checkpoints) on your way round. There will be opportunities to feed at the Controls, and we will feed you at the end. Use whatever bike suits you. Mudguards are not required.
100km events have a minimum speed of 10kph, which will give you lots of time (all day) to finish.
Longer events are harder. You should be an experienced cyclist with fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for these events. Don't worry about the maximum speed of 30kph - you won't get near it.
If you have ridden a 'Sportive' event and you want to try something a bit more challenging in terms of distance and self sufficiency, then an AUK event is for you - And the entry fees are much less too!
Prepare your bike carefully for any of these events.
10:00am Sunday 4th September 2016 100km Information, Route Sheet, Maps and gpx Tracks
Thank you for entering this New Forest event. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
CAR PARKING is available close to the start and finish - at the Town Hall (Avenue Rd) and at Barfields long stay car park via Emsworth Rd (see map). Parking permit for the day is attached below.
(DO NOT park in the Emsworth Road short stay car park)
START is DIFFERENT FROM PREVIOUS YEARS. Check-in for start is in the Phoenix Room at the Lymington Centre in Cannon Street – via lower car park (see map)
There are Public toilets in New Street, opposite the CAB office
FINISH is in the Lymington Community Centre in Cannon Street, (see map)
CONTROLS The Garden Centre Café at Cranborne (54km) is a cycle friendly café providing the normal range of food required to sustain cyclists. Control stickers will be in a jar on the counter.
Luggage may be left at your own risk and it will be transferred to the finish
Refreshments will be available at the finish.
Your attention is drawn to the following:
Many of the New Forest roads are unfenced and you will encounter ponies, donkeys, cattle and possibly deer or pigs. All animals should be treated as being unpredictable in their behaviour.
There are quite a few cattle-grids. These can be slippery in wet weather.
Several fords are crossed. There will probably be water in the Watersplash at Brockenhurst and the ford at Moyles Court.
Horse riding and carriage driving (Pony and Trap) is an everyday part of New Forest life. Please slow down and make your presence known when passing or overtaking (calling out is a good way of attracting attention, because horses are used to the human voice). Ponies and traps are easily spooked with potentially serious consequences for either the horse or the passing cyclist.
A short length of the route (The Ancient Highway) is along a gravel road. An alternative on road option to avoid this section is included on the route sheet. The Ancient Highway is shorter and cycle-able at reduced speed by most bikes, but is not recommended for expensive road bikes with light wheels and skinny tyres, trikes or recumbents.