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.
Thank you for entering this New Forest event. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION
The event route follows B roads, minor roads and lanes and is suitable for road, hybrid, touring and mountain bikes. It visits Sway Tower, Burley and Crow.
There are possible café stops at Burley and Holmsley, but remember we will feed you at the Finish!
As shown on the route sheet there are checkpoints at Tiptoe and Burley. At these places answer the question on the brevet card that you will be given at the start of the event (pen required!)
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 (P on map). Parking permit for the day is enclosed.
(DO NOT park in the Emsworth Road short stay car park)
START is from New Street behind Costa Coffee in the High Street [GR: SZ324956] (S on map)
There are Public toilets in New Street, opposite the start
FINISH is in the Lymington Community Centre in Cannon Street, (F on map)
Luggage may be left at your own risk and it will be transferred to 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. They will probably be dry.
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.