LVIS Audax 2014 - Thanks for coming!

The 5th edition of the LVIS Audax has proved to be our biggest and best yet! In total 521 riders started with 447 officially completing one of the three routes (i.e. they presented a fully stamped brevet card at the finish). No doubt some of the non-finishers are still in the garden at Doynton Village Hall sleeping off an excess of cake.
We always enjoy seeing such a huge variety of different riders and bikes taking part, from World Champion triathletes through to someone who had only been on 6 'proper' bike rides before Sunday. It's also great to hear that for many people this was their first Audax but lots of you are already scouring the Audax UK calendar to look for more to enter.

For those who were in the HQ later in the afternoon we hope you enjoyed the impromptu piano concert that was laid on by a passer-by who agreed to play in return for tea and cake. We are looking into booking him for next year.

PHOTOS
Our roving photographer Oz was out and about taking pictures of all the action and you can view and buy a high resolution copy of his handiwork here. All proceeds from the sale of the photos will be added to the charity contributions.

CHARITY DONATIONS
Thank you for your donations in the buckets at the HQ, along with money raised from the sale of the delicious coffee, sporfs, coasters, mugs, badges and by adding profits from the event in total we will be donating over £4,000 split between Sustrans, WaterAid and Jole Rider. This is an amazing amount and is going to make these charities and the people they help very happy indeed!

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING
The LVIS Audax team have help from so many different people, not least of which our amazing control venues:

Hill and Rockhampton WI/Church Group who offered up the first dose of calorie overload on the Ball Buster and Bash. If you like what you tasted then head back for more of the same on the first Sunday of the month from April to November, 2:30 - 5:30. The money they collected will help local causes including St Peter's Hospice.

Doynton and Wick WI go from strength to strength at the 2nd control on the Ball Buster and Bash. Tina and her crew were taking care of you all with military precision and would like to thank you for taking your shoes off to protect the hall floor. The money they raised also goes to local causes. The checkpoint controllers were from Qoroz Bikes and it was good to see that some of their lovely titanium machines were in action out on the roads.

The Glastonbury Control on the Ball Buster and Blast had been upgraded to the lavish surroundings of the Town Hall and with the City of Bristol Rowing Club in charge it sounds like this was a well-received improvement to help cope with the increased number of riders. The money collected there will go towards the rowing club's fundraising for a much needed clubhouse.

The Drum and Monkey Pub in Kenn for providing the venue for the 4th Control despite being such a busy day with meals for mothers being served.

Two Day Coffee Roasters for supplying the beans for the kick-starting coffee in the morning.

LOST PROPERTY
There was some lost property left at the finish that includes a waterproof jacket (let us know size, colour and brand to claim), some sunglasses were found at Doynton (full description needed to claim), and a water bottle. If you think these maybe yours then please let us know.

WHAT DID YOU THINK?
We always welcome feedback, comments and suggestions to help keep improving the event so please send over any ideas to . Keep an eye on the website for details of the 2015 event that will be posted later in the year.

BRISTOL BIKE FESTIVAL
Some of the organisers from the fantastic Bristol Bike Festival were riding the Ball Buster and wanted to pass on this message for anyone who may want to get involved this year:

"We're pleased to announce the launch of the Bristol Cycle Festival 2014 and would really like you to be involved in this year's fifth birthday edition!

Come along to our launch event, 3rd April, 7pm, Roll for the Soul, to find out more about what's special this year, how you can be involved with organising the festival or running your own event, and how you can be part of Bristol's summer of cycling.

Sign up here - we can't wait to meet you"

AND FINALLY...
Three of the riders who rode the Ball Buster will be joining Marcus to take on a mighty challenge in May when they will run up all three national peaks and cycle between each one in a continuous event. It's all in aid of raising more money for Jole Rider and also the children's charity Rainbow Trust. If you'd like to follow their progress and help with their fundraising then please take a look at the website www.4321challenge.org.

We look forward to seeing many of you next year but in the meantime enjoy your riding!

Go Vegas!

Marcus, Kirsty, Andy and the LVIS Audax Team


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Barry's Bristol Ball Buster

8:00am start, 14hr16min time limit, finish by 10:16pm

The 'classic distance' 200km route (Brevet 'Randonnée') circumnavigates the city of Bristol before climbing up on to the Mendip Hills then down to the Somerset Levels and returning to the start point in Long Ashton.

Highlights include: Clifton Suspension Bridge, views of both Severn bridges, the Cotswold Escarpment, the Mendip Hills, Glastonbury Tor, the Somerset Levels, Gordano Valley.

With over 2000m of climbing over the 200km distance this is sure to test the legs of even the best riders.

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Barry's Bristol Bash

9:30am start, 9hr17min time limit, finish by 6:47pm

The first of the shorter 116km routes (Brevet Populaire) heads north to take in the same route as the start of the Ball Buster but heads back to Long Ashton just south of Bristol instead of continuing onto the Mendips.

Highlights include: Clifton Suspension Bridge, views of both Severn bridges, the Cotswold Escarpment, Bristol City views from Dundry Hill.

Save some energy for the final climb over Dundry!

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Barry's Bristol Blast

10:30am start, 9hr17min time limit, finish by 7:47pm

***New for 2014*** The second of the shorter 116km routes (Brevet Populaire) heads south to follow the same route as the second half of the Ball Buster, heading out from Long Ashton to Chew Stoke and then continuing onto the Mendips, down to the Somerset Levels and returning to the start point in Long Ashton.

Highlights include: the Mendip Hills, Glastonbury Tor, the Somerset Levels, Gordano Valley.

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Start/Finish

Riders on Barry's Bristol Ball Buster (214km) will set off at 8:00am.
Riders on Barry's Bristol Bash (116km) will set off at 9:30am.
Riders on Barry's Bristol Blast (116km) will set off at 10:30am.

Don't forget that the clocks will go forward at 2am on 30th March 2014!


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The rides start from the Long Ashton Village Hall (Keedwell Hill, Bristol, BS41 9DP) where there will be toilets, hot drinks, and hot and cold food available. The food and drink at the start/finish is included in your entry fee, but there will be a collection for the charities WaterAid, Jole Rider (Bikes4Africa) and Sustrans so please bring some cash! You will also need money to buy refreshments on the route.

There will be some parking at the village hall with on street parking nearby. Please consider riding to the start, sharing lifts or using public transport where possible.

Performance Cycles will be selling ride essentials such as inner tubes and back up lights at the start HQ.






Out on the Ride

If you've never ridden an Audax event before then expect a relaxed and friendly atmosphere (it's not a race), a variety of different types of riders and bikes and an enjoyable day out on some roads that you may not have ridden before. The ride is self guided and not sign-posted or marshalled so you should be competent at following a route sheet and carry tools, clothing and food to keep yourself out of trouble.

You can ride at your own pace, as long as your overall average speed, including stops, stays between the minimum and maximum specified for the event.
Barry's Bristol Ball Buster: 15 - 30kph
Barry's Bristol Bash: 12.5 - 30kph
Barry's Bristol Blast: 12.5 - 30kph

At the start you get a brevet card, which has to be filled in at each checkpoint, to show that the course has been completed. The opening and closing times of the checkpoints (including the finish) are based on these minimum and maximum speeds.

Controls

Food and drink will be available to buy at the manned checkpoints across the events which are:

Hill Village Hall - Under the capable control of the local Church group and WI you will not believe how much cake, pavlova and home baked produce is on offer here.

Doynton Village Hall - Now rivalling the Hill control for quantity and quality of food, The Wick and Doynton WI will be providing a huge selection of savoury and sweet options with hot soup if it's cold and/or wet.

Glastonbury Town Hall - This new, prestigious control point for 2014 will be manned and stocked by City Of Bristol Rowing Club who will be looking after and feeding hungry riders all afternoon.

The Drum and Monkey Pub, Kenn - Not far from the finish, this is a useful stop for a bar snack or swift half to get you through the last few kilometres.

Barry's Bristol Ball Buster uses all four controls.
Barry's Bristol Bash uses the Hill and Doynton controls
Barry's Bristol Blast uses the Glastonbury and Kenn controls.

There are also info controls, where you will need to answer the question given on your brevet card about a location on the route. If you do not put the correct answer on your card then we cannot validate that you have completed the ride.

Qoroz bikes will be helping out at the second manned checkpoint while also displaying their range of unique titanium bicycles.

Sunrise is at about 07:00 Sunset is at about 19:30 so you will need lights for the long route and should consider carrying lights for the short routes.

Sections of the route are on narrow country lanes where there will be some mud and grit on the roads. It is strongly recommended that you fit mud guards to make the ride more comfortable for yourselves and those riding behind you.

To find out more about Audax UK follow this link: http://www.aukweb.net/aboutauk/

The Charities

Profits from the event and any money collected on the day will be split between the following good causes

With some of the money collected from the 2012 event we sponsored a bike to be sent to The Gambia by Jole Rider (Bikes4Africa).

Marcus and Kirsty visited the Jole Rider HQ in Tetbury to help load the bike and add some LVIS stickers for the lucky recipient at the other end to be the envy of their classmates!

By riding a bike, children in the Gambia are more likely to get to school on time and will be refreshed and alert throughout the day and even stay for extra lessons before travelling safely home in daylight. The result is a measurable improvement in academic achievements.

Some of the money raised from this year's event will help Jole Rider send more bikes and change more lives

Barry's Bristol Ball Buster (214k)
132 finishers

Firstname Surname Club
Alin Achim BAD Tri
Nathanael Ahearn  
Tim Arnold Wisbech Wheelers
Brian Atkins Chippenham & District Wheelers
Chris Bailey North Bristol Cycling Club
Gareth Baines  
Rob Baird BristolCTC/ Audax Club Bristol
James Baker  
Geoff Ballard Mendip CC
Jon Banks CTC Bath/Bristol Audax Club
Paul Barnes  
Peter Bateman  
Graham Bates NBCC
Dave Baxandall ACB
John Berry Chippenham & District Wheelers
Ian Beswick Gingerton wheelers
Emma Betteridge Mendip CC
Michelle Blackmore mendip cc
Nathan Bliss LVIS
Denise Booth  
Nick Bowker Pork Train Velo Club
Michael Bradford  
Neil Bromwich LVIS
Duncan Brown CTC Bristol
Drew Buck svcc
Kath Bushnell Bristol Bike Workshop
Robert Campbell clevedon and district RC
Grainne Canavan  
Jon Clark  
Phil Collard  
Dominic Conway  
Ben Cook Bristol CX
Gary Cousins  
Jamie Cranfield  
Martin Croxford Bath CC
Andy Curran VC Walcot
Mark Curtis LVIS
Andrew Dancey  
Antony De Heveningham LVIS
Philip Denny LVIS
James Donald  
John Downsborough  
Mary Doyle ACB
Marke Edwards  
Matt Edwards LVIS
Robert French Bristol CTC
Victoria Gibson Mendip Triathlon Club
Ricky Goldswain  
Richard Goucher Audax Club Bristol
Cab Green Cheesy Riders
Julian Grundy Rock and Road Cycles Yeovil
James Gumbrell  
Barbara Hackworthy YACF
Neill Hammond  
Georgina Harper cardiff & South wales
Robin Harper bristol randonneurs
Benjamin Harris Cardiff Ajax CC
Nick Heath  
Richard Heath  
Pete Henley Backwell Road Cycling
Laurence Hewetson Badtri
Gee Hirst  
Edric Hobbs  
William Holland RC Bikers
Toby Hopper Cardiff Ajax
Tony Hull Chippenham & District Wheelers
Telbert James  
Richard Jewitt Bath CC
David Johnston Audax Club Bristol
Luke Joy-Smith ACBristol
Rhys Kearney  
Richard Keir PTVC
Mike Lane Bristol DA
James Latham  
Andrea Lazenby  
Simon Lewis Chippenham & District Wheelers
Mark Lilly West
Nick Livermore  
Greg Lovett N/A
Adrian MacKie  
Andy Martin  
David Matthews Longshore Drifters
Thomas McPhail  
Salvatore Micciche the wednesday club
Joseph Millar  
James Miller  
Sam Mitchell  
Christian Montez Dursley Road Club
Barry Morgan Bike Club
Nigel Muntz  
Duncan Noack-Cox  
Gareth Owen Pork Train Velo Club
Julian Pearse  
Andrew Phillips  
Gareth Preece Bristol Road Club
Alexander Prince  
Spencer Pritchard Backwell Road Cycle Group
Paul Rainbow Audax Club Bristol
Ryan Rendall North Bristol Cycling Club
Stephen Riglar  
David Robertson PTVC
Steve Rosewarne  
Tom Rosewarne  
Catherine Ross  
Paul Ross  
Sean Rothery north bristol cycling club
Lee Russell  
Mark Salamonsen  
Nouveau Sanders Las Vegas Institute of Sport
Brano Secansky Yes
Tim Slater North Bristol Cycling Club
Debbie Southwood BRAT Club
Taunton Southwood BRAT Club
John Stone Audax Club Bristol
Marcus Taylor  
Ollie Taylor Mendip cc
Tom Taylor Mathews Pork Train Velo Club
Pete Tredget Audax Club Bristol
Neil Veitch Audax Cub Bristol
Clifford Wallis  
Jonathan Waring Lvis
Adam Watkins audax club bristol
Celia Way LVIS
Robert Webb  
James Webley  
Steven Welch Bike city
Chrissie Wellington  
Mervyn Williams  
Doug Wilson Bike Club
Gary Woods NBCC
Adam Worrall Swindon Wheelers
Chi Zhang WS Atkins PLC

Barry's Bristol Bash (116k)
161 finishers

Firstname Surname Club
Robert Anthony Bigfoot MBC
Jez Ash BathCC
Rob Ash  
Vic Ashton  
Dave Atkinson  
David Bailey bristol
Catherine Barker Bristol
Tim Barnes  
Emma Barraclough  
Nina Barton none
Steve Bathurst LVIS
Rosario Bavetta Banzetto
Josh Bayly  
Paul Beard Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club
Pete Beer The Cheesy Riders
Andrea Beetles BADTri
Aidan Bent  
Chris Born  
Michael Bresalier  
Ian Brindle  
Chris Britton  
Steve Britton  
Ashley Brookes The Triathlon Shop - Bristol
Grahame Brown Beacon RCC
Keith Brown Nailsea RC Bikers
Lesley Brown Beacn RCC
Mark Burgess WCT
James Burrows  
Damien Bush  
Josephine Bush  
Alex Cameron  
Andre Chapman  
Richard Charlton  
Michael Chouings Bristol CTC
Nick Coates  
Ian Collins  
Phil Comelio  
Robin Cotton  
Richard Coverdale  
Danny Cox LVIS
Ben Davies  
Helen Davies Chapeau
Peter Davis  
John De Heveningham CTC
Mike Deval Abergavenny RC
Richard Dobie  
Steven Dodds  
Amanda Dodson  
Shirley Dommett Bristol
Chris Dykes  
Hannah Edwards  
Leon Eggbeer The Cheesy Riders
Steve Ellis Brecon Wheelers
Ian Evans Royal dean forest c c
Simon Evans Royal dean forest cycling club
Wyn Evans Merthyr Cycling Club
Steve Fitton  
John Ford  
Mark Foxall-Giess  
Robert Frankton  
Duncan Fraser  
Jeannie Fry West Country Tri
Rob Goddard  
Colin Grey  
Graeme Handford LVIS
Dawn Harrill  
George Harrill  
Anna Haywood  
Steve Heads  
Mark Healey  
Calvin Healy  
Andrew Herbertson Bedminster Wheelers
Dave Hewlett Disciples of Dirt
Chris Holbrook bath cc
Dominic Holden  
Stela Holder NBCC
Richard Hull  
Karl-Merckx Hurkett Las Vegas Institute of Sports
Paul Jackson  
Kirby James CTC Exeter
Sally Johnson RC Bikers
Christopher Jones CC Abergavenny
Hywel Jones  
Rhodri Jones None
Steven Jones cc abergavenny
Bill Kenwright Abergavenny road club
Pam Kenwright  
David Lane LVIS
Jimbo Latimer  
Rob Lee Pac Tri
Gregor Leggett  
Alastair Little None
Daniel Lunnon VC Walcot
Ian MacLean Chippenham Wheelers
Andrew Maddison Bigfoot MBC
Peter McCartney Bristol
Kevin McNicholas  
Dave Middleton  
Martin Millener RC Bikers Nailsea
Claire Mills Sodbury Cycle Sport
Phil Morton badtri
Sarah Mowl  
Julian Namihas  
Dan Nathan Nailsea RC Bikers
Simon Newman  
Noel Oconnell  
Chris Osborne  
Gabriel Osborne  
Linda Owen-Lloyd  
Laura Pankhurst BAD tri
David Panting  
Arry Parrott  
Philip Parry BADTri
Keith Pattison  
Milica Peric  
Duncan Porter  
Diane Poulton  
Wayne Poulton  
Tracy Quintana-Parker Backwell Road Cycling Group
Jen Raison  
Stuart Raison  
Andy Rich  
Joanna Rich  
Aaron Roberts Rutland Cycling Club
Stuart Robertson  
Kieran Roche N/A
Matt Rumsey  
Edward Schwarz  
Tris Seabrook BAD Tri
Alex Smith BADTri
Lindsay Smith  
Graham Steele  
Robert Stewart BADtri
Andy Strachan  
David Stringer Bristol
Neil Sutton  
Jonathan Swan  
Matt Telford BADTri
Petar Terziev  
Pete Thacker Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club
Mick Tinning Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club
Catriona Turnbull  
Oliver Turnbull  
Tom Turner  
Chrissie Waple None
Andrew Wareham  
Vicky Weare  
Martin Webb  
Richard Webb  
Sarah West  
Tim Whitaker  
Will White  
Gareth Williams  
Ian Williams  
Jonathan Wines  
John Wood The Triathlon Shop
Anne Woodbridge BEER
John Woodier  
Craig Yandell None
Ed Yaxley  
Christopher Young  

Barry's Bristol Blast (116k)
154 finishers

Firstname Surname Club
Tony Anderton  
Jason Ayres Bigfoot Mountain Biking Club
Amanda Baird  
Matthew Barber  
Dave Barnes  
Alan Barnstable Clevedon
Matthew Bisco  
Diana Bloss  
Nicholas Blunt RC Bikers Nailsea
Kristian Bond none
Marc Bostock  
Jim Bowyer bristol
Bernard Brown Cardiff Ajax CC
Karen Bullen  
Phil Burt  
Ed Cant  
Mike Carden Bigfoot mbc
Paddy Carslake  
Jon Casey Atkins SSC
Tim Chapman LVIS -GO VEGAS!
John Chichester Cardiff Ajax
Lisa Chichester Cardiff Ajax
Malcolm Clark  
Janet Clarke Bigfoot MBC
Will Clarke  
Robert Cleeves  
Phil Collins  
Duncan Cooper  
Rory Cooper  
David Core -
Giles Davis LVIS
Michael Dawes  
Scott Dunbar LVIS
Tom Edwards  
Bill Evans  
Sam Fitzsimmons  
Lynne Forde  
Neill Fry White tree rouleurs
Mike Fugeman  
James Gill  
Irfon Glyn  
Lisa Greenfield LVIS
Mark Greenwood White Tree Rouleurs
Jeff Gregory White tree Rouleurs
Ben Halstead  
Jess Hambly  
Ulrich Harder Reading
Nye Harries  
Matt Heard  
Richard Hendry  
Myee Hill-Moody  
Graham Hodges Llantwit Major
Dave Holladay  
Tony Iles Atkins SSC
Chris James Cardiff Ajax CC
Nia James Cardiff Ajax
Mike Johnston Bridgwater
Alison Jones  
Eva Kapp BadTri
Geoff Kearney  
Vince Kearney  
Matt Keevill BEER
Siobhan Kelly  
Hans-Peter Kiekuth BAD Tri
Steve Kinsella clevedon
Lee Knighton  
Richard Lafferty  
Adam Lawrence The White Tree Rouelers
Julie Lewis ajax
Eva Linnell BAD Tri
Jeff Locke  
Paul Long  
Simon Maddison  
Jim Magill White Tree Rouleurs
Daniel Mahler Bristol
Clare Martin Reading CTC
Sarah Martindale Badtri
Rob Matty Bigfoot MBC
Alison McKerrow  
Tom McLean Corinium Cycling Club
Jack Mellor  
Jonathan Memel  
Jonathan Moore Whitetree Rouleurs
Mark Moran  
Joshua Morland  
Chris Mundell  
David Naismith Bath
Lucy Newall BadTri
Peter Newell Bigfoot MBC
Tom Nightingale  
Jaim Norman CTC Bristol
Steve November Tokyo Morvelo
Luke O'Connell  
Eddie Oconnor  
Jane Olday  
Andrew Palmer AJAX
Martin Palmer White Tree Rouleurs
Dave Pearce  
James Perrott BBP / RftS
Sarah Phillips  
Tim Pocock The Triathlon Shop - Bristol
Colin Porter BAD Tri
Andrew Pratt  
Julian Pring  
Gareth Pritchard Cardiff Ajax
Mike Purnell Bigfoot MBC
Fraser Richards Las Vegas Institute of Sport
David Richardson  
Ian Rickard Bigfoot MBC
Deborah Roberts  
Peter Roberts  
Pete Rogers  
Andy Rowles  
Piers Sadler  
Mark Sayers Cheesy-Bigfoot
Matthew Schlanker  
James Scobie  
Mark Sheardown  
Steffi Shelley-Smith BAD Tri
Rachel Shiner Ajax
Joe Silverman  
Neil Simmons Reading CTC
Rob Sinton BadTri
Jon Slade  
Emma Smart  
Andy Smith  
Stephen Smith Ajax CC
Graham Spiller  
Jim Spratt Cheltenham & County CC
James Stevens  
Matt Trevett  
Jonathan Trigg White tree Rouleurs
Philip Troughton  
Christopher Tyson  
Mark Van Rossum  
Chris Veale  
Helen Voyle Stourbug
Steve Wakley White Tree Rouleurs
Scott Wallis  
Kevin Ward Speedwell BC
Robert Warren Cardiff Ajax CC
Suzanne Warren Cardiff Ajax Cc
Liz Webb Cardiff Ajax
Max Western  
Martin Williams  
Julian Wilson LVRC
Chloe Winter  
Stephen Woodward  
Justin Woolford  
Marcus Woolford  
Andy Wright  
Andy Wright  
Edward Wright  
Tim Wye White tree roulers

Contact

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Quotes

Here is some of the fantastic feedback we have received after previous years' events. We had to bribe people with cake to say this nice stuff, but hopefully they meant it!

Congratulations on your successful and brilliantly organized ride. My thanks to everyone involved, not forgetting my helpful riding companions.

i just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising an amazing event. well done for not giving into pressure from the UCI to re-route, like the organisers of the Milan-San Remo did, and sticking to your principles of cake, tea, chimineas and even a pub. it was a fantastic day, made even more epic by frozen ice on people's beards. the best cycling event i've done.

Great day - many thanks to both you and the WI for a truly epic cakefest.

Marvellous ride today, great weather & awesome cakes. Go Vegas!

Thanks to Marcus and the LVIS crew, excellent job again. Even exceeded last years event with even more quality cake! A great day out and I think the few small route changes all worked well. Look forward to next year and yes Go LVIS!

A brilliant ride - cheers

Great day's riding today - thanks for all your organising and/or volunteering efforts, and of course everybody else involved too - a slick operation. Look forward to next year's event!

A superbly organised event which must take a lot of work. All much appreciated.

I enjoyed the lovely scenery , people, route, brilliant controls and wonderful bean and bacon soup at the finish. Congratulations LVIS, this one is a winner I will be back....

We enjoyed our ride... Longest I've ever done.. Cake stops were AWESUME

Excellent as ever, all aspects of the day...kinda liked the cold in an odd way, esp. once I was home!

Legend had told me about this ride & the cakes but nothing prepared me for the cakefest at Hill !!! The Pavlova was fantastic

Great to have so many willing helpers and smiling faces (not to mention a bit younger than the usual Audax average age!) Great food. Excellent route. Thanks guys!!

This is the first time I've done this ride and definitely the best one so far and I'll be sure to get my name down early next year!! Thanks again to everyone...

A superbly run event and very enjoyable route. Fantastic cake and even for us tailenders still a great choice left.

Best Cakes ever, ever, ever!

The organisation was really impressive, the route was excellent and the mix of people was wonderful.

Great Audax. Already a classic! Thank you for organising such a brilliant cycle event, and thank you to all who assisted on the day. I'm sure you realise that you are going to get huge numbers of people entering next year. Good luck.

What a great ride. The route was mixed with great views. And the food controls were brilliant thanks to all the kind and wonderfull cake makers and staff for looking after us.

I enjoyed the Audax yesterday, excellent route, superb catering (I think I weighed more at the finish than the start!) it takes me back to the Audax's of my teens. It was great to see such a large and diverse turn out. My congratulations on what must be the "best" Audax/event I have ridden in a very long time.

Firstly thanks for organising the event last Sunday, it was certainly an unforgettable experience! Thanks so much to you and the team for organising a fantastic event - my first audax and I'll be back for more! Found it very friendly and relaxed - a great day out, even though I was frozen half the time!

That was my first Audax, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Bit on the chilly side (and yes, I also found icicles hanging off my bottom bracket). Well done, and the cakes were amazing. Definitely doing the 200km next year - as long as you can arrange for less Baltic conditions next time.

Well done Marcus and the LVIS team. Great day out. Setting the standard on the Audax calendar!

What a cracking ride today. Excellent. And the cakes were something else!

I really enjoyed the Audax yesterday (apart from the evil hill up to the monument!!) and the sun you ordered made it particularly splendid. Having the second WI stop made all the difference, they were fantastic.

I rode your great Audax yesterday. What fine cakes and weather we had and it was worth the trip from cardiff. Thanks for organising a great event.

My first but not my last Audax. Well organised. Please can it be warmer next year...

Thanks to LVIS for a great day out, lovely scenery and good company on the 112k. My only gripe... the pavlova was gone when I got to Hill (will go faster next time). The cake selection was awesome, and the bean & bacon soup at the end really hit the spot.

Just a quick mucho thank you to you and the rest of the gang for putting on yet another quality event. We both enjoyed it immensely and are looking forward to the third running already!

It's my considered opinion that the Hill Women's Institute cake stop after 40km of the Ball Buster is the single best stop on any ride in the UK. It's astonishing. If you know of a better one, let me know so I can come and give it a go.

Thanks Marcus it was an amazing first Audax experience for me. So friendly.

Thanks for an excellent event to you, Kirsty and everyone else who made it such a fantastic day despite the cold.

Thank you for a great day , well organised, great route but best of all was the food, many thanks to all your helpers and bakers i was very impressed with the quality of the scram

Thank you very much again for organising yesterday's AUDAX, it was absolutely brilliant.

A big thank you for a fantastic day out on the bike :-) Perfect organisation, perfect route and perfect weather... Can you pass on my gratitude to all of the very friendly support crew.... See you again next year.

I have to say Master Mumford That was a great event. It was way too cold and mostly unenjoyable. But it was a lovely bunch of people, fantastic cakes, great community spirit, belly warming charity and all round brilliant. As they say, first time caller long time listener. I shall be back when my sugar levels drop.

I can, hand on heart, say that I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day. We had cracking weather, a good route, much friendly banter with the other riders, and the organisation was simply brilliant.

Fantastic route, great people, great cakes and great weather...what more can you ask for.

What a great day and what great organisation. Thank you very much for showing us a whole load of new routes to add to those we already do.

Thanks for an absolutely brilliant day, and a wonderful introduction to the world of Audax. I didn't know there was so many great little lanes for cycling along around this area and am still marvelling at the fact that we got all round Bristol without cycling on hardly any main roads. Beautiful weather, fabulous route, fantastic organisation, and delicious cakes - what more can a cyclist want!

Thoroughly enjoyed it, route (100k) was lovely, great food and company. Many thanks to all involved :-D

Despite living in Bristol two-thirds of the roads were new to me, lovely cakes (and lots of them), and a really nice atmosphere! Even the weather came good in the afternoon. Will definitely be back next year!

Just wanted to say a hearty and now warm having defrosted thanks for another well-organised and friendly day. We always make sure we say thanks to the lovely WI for their cakes and efforts in prising some of us from our chairs instead of staying put. I'd noticed that it seems more of a club riders faster day than when I did it a few years back. But for those of us that are happy to take the day to cycle round we still found it friendly so please keep it's 'got a bike? can do it then' inclusivity just for those of us who take rucksacks of sarnies and scotch eggs than energy bars (-:

As always a faultless day by you guys!! Fantastic pavlova, route & weather!! See you next year!

Another great LVIS event and I would like to hear about any more similar events you might be organizing. Thanks very much for an excellent day.

That was such a cracking day. 130 miles and I wanted it to be longer.

Finally defrosted! But wanted to say that was one of the most gruelling - but best ever rides! Cakes stunning! The last few miles I have no idea where I was, sat nav dies, lights on last legs, me on last legs! whole of me frozen to the bike... but what a great bowl of soup and stunning Christmas cake at the finish! Would you also pass my thanks onto your team and also the WI who were truly fantastic! Thank you so much - BRILLIANT! Hopefully this is the start of many more LVIS Audax THANK YOU!

It was a beautiful day - apart from those damn hills which forced me to swear a lot (inside). Nice weather and met so many wonderful new friends. I wish I will meet you all soon at other cycling events, especially the LVIS ones! Cheers.

I loved everything about the event and wouldn't change a thing - except the weather, obviously. I'm glad to hear that you are planning to do it all again next year and I look forward to taking part again. Congratulations on the sums raised for excellent charities.

Yet again you managed to secure the best weather, and the event was expertly run (again!) and most enjoyable. This event is definitely (in my opinion) the jewel in the crown of the Audax series.

I just wanted to pass on my thanks and congratulations to all involved in the organisation and running of what, for me, was a truly fantastic day. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and am looking forward to my next one! The organisation was absolutely brilliant, and really made the day such a success. My sincerest thanks to you all.

Just a quick word of thanks for organising such a brilliant ride yesterday. It was my first Audax and I did the shorter ride. It was a great day with some fantastic scenery - I didn't realise just how many wonderful places are so close to Bristol, I intend to retrace a lot of the ride and do a bit more exploring. It was great to ride with so many friendly people, I'm still buzzing one day later!

Marky and Kirsty, it was magnificent. Hard core! I did it in 3 base layers, a jersey and a primaloft jacket, scull cap, merino walking socks, overshoes and windstopper tights. And primaloft mittens. I was just about warm enough apart from when we set off after too much cake. Twice.

Thanks for today. Well organised, great fun, lovely route, wonderful cake and even the promised sun came out! Go Vegas!

Many thanks for a great day. I did finish the ride but forgot to report in at the HQ - I was distracted by the tea and cakes.

What a day. Thanks.Very glad you let me ride the shorter route after all. It was a bit brutal yesterday, particularly when the temp dropped below 0. Very very well organised though.

Well done, and thanks for organising. see yers next year.

Just a quick note to thank you and your colleagues for a great audax yesterday. The organisation was impeccable and the tweaks to the route from last year were just the ticket. Roll on 2012 and many thanks again.

A brrrrrr - illiant day. Thanks. Can I give a thank you to the girls at Heaphy's who stayed open just long enough to serve me some hot pasta, and the 'Control' who were still in welcoming good humour at half five. As the guy that phoned you up from Portbury, I can provide an interesting meterological insight- it actually got warmer after dark!

Thanks again for orgainising such an awesome event. It was one heck of a way to start off my Audax career, it might have been cold on the Mendips but the welcome back at Long Ashton (and all the awesome cake stops) was very warm.

It was cold, but that justified eating more cake! Velodrome cake was my favourite, just edging pavlova. Apart from cake, ta for putting on such a top day out and a rather good cycle ride. See you next year

It was a great day - really good route - I shall be trying it again - great people excellent cakes Many thanks for all your work putting it together.

Superb day! Cheers to all those putting in the hard work organising it all! And cheers Barry Jaeger for sorting the weather this year!!!!

Fantastic ride today, good work LVIS!! Go Vegas!!!

Amazing event.. We were lucky with the beautiful weather but the incredible LVIS team, spectacular riding, friendly fellow travellers and the WI of Doynton (and their cakes) were what made it so special.. Hope to be back again..

Thanks Marcus for another great day... Perfecto!

Great fun, superbly organised. As for the cakes - what can I possibly add? Fantastic. Thanks Marcus and team. Go Vegas!

Great day out, so pleased not to have got lost , will sleep very well tonight. Well done to all and thanks for all the encouragement up those hills

Great day out - Cheers LVIS!

Thanks for organising a great event. We new to this and really enjoyed ourselves right at the back but we made it round.

116km of tarmac party.

Great ride and super organisation plus the Pavlova was as good as ever

Cracking cracking day at the LVIS Audax.... 225kms, sunshine, smiles & serious amounts of cake!

What a great day! A fantastic event and, for me, a great introduction to audax. First audax, first time ever that I've cycled further than 60 miles (& fixed), most pavolova I've eaten in a morning, and the largest slices of coffee cake I've ever seen (and come to think of it, probably the largest spread of cakes I've ever seen in one room). What struck me was how sociable it was, with chatty people at every stage (except on one or two of the hills). Thank you to LVIS for laying on a well-organised and memorable event, and the WIs for the sustenance.

Loved the slightly revised route and the first 90km - the last 20km weren't so pleasant though. Another excelent Audax that would make the esteemed Mr Jaegar proud.

Thank you both for an amazing day - and all the LVIS helpers. We'll, as they say, be back.

I'd just like to say a big thank you to everyone for yesterday's event - great route, great weather and riding in good company. The WI ladies made some amazing cakes. When can I sign up for next year?