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


Now celebrating its 6th edition, the Las Vegas Institute of Sport returns with the ever popular LVIS Audax events combining pleasant riding through countryside surrounding Bristol and beyond, friendly company and the now legendary generous baking.

For 2015 we are offering three route options with the classic 116km Barry's Bristol Bash, the testing 214km Barry's Bristol Ball Buster and the 116km Barry's Bristol Blast, all held in honour of the illustrious founder of the Institute, Mr Barry Jaeger.

You can expect a varied route that suits a wide range of riders with excellent catering at the control points and all presented in the unique 'Vegas Way'. Have a look through the gallery of pictures for a taste of what you can look forward to in March.

Due to limitations on space at the village hall and at some of the controls, we will be accepting a maximum of 200 riders on the Ball Buster route, 250 riders on the Bash route and 200 riders on the Blast route. We cannot accept any entries on the day.

Dave Atkinson of road.cc wrote an article about the 2013 event: 190km of Rule Five. And 22km of our own rules.

There's also an article about the 2010 event on road.cc: My first 200km: Barry's Bristol Ball Buster.

And a report on the 2011 112km event here: Audax Bristol 112k.

And here's Marcus's article for Arrivee about what goes on behind the scenes to organise the event: Feeding the 500 (pages 52/53).

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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 29th March 2015!


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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)
186 entries (limit 200)

Firstname Surname Club
Mark Anderson pac tri
John Andrews Pac-Tri
Clive Arthur PAC-tri
Jason Ayres Bigfoot MBC
Chris Bailey bristol
Gareth Baines Bristol South Cycling Club
James Baker Richard Club Cycles
Tim Barnes  
Alex Bend Bristol South CC
Marco Benitez Bristol Road Club
Neil Bennett North Bristol Triathlon Club
Lucy Biard Badtri
Joshua Bishop  
Marcus Boneham  
Denise Booth Audax Club Bristol
Nick Bowker Pork Train Velo Club
Paul Box  
Leo Brady BADtri
Michael Brien  
Ian Brindle  
Drew Buck svcc
Richard Buckley Chippenham Wheelers
Matt Burden severn
Simon Burgess Bristol CX
Kath Bushnell Bristol Bike Workshop
Sian C-O Bad Tri
Robert Campbell  
David Clegg Bristol CTC
Phil Collard Backwell Road Cycling Club
Dom Conway Longshore Drifters
Alex Cook North Bristol Cycling Club
Ben Cook  
Gary Cousins  
Nathan Cummins cardiff ajax
David Cunningham wolverhampton wheelers cc
James Cunningham Wolverhampton wheelers cc
Andy Curran Audax Club Bristol
David Das Bath Cycling Club
Ben Davies  
Vyvyan Davies  
James Denison  
Steven Dodds  
Janine Doggett  
James Donald Bath CC
John Downsborough  
Mark Ducker  
Andrew Edwards  
Gary Edwards backwell road cycling club
Chris Emmerson BADTri
Sam Evans Dursley RC
David Fancy Wellington Wheelers
Thomas Farrugia UoBCC
Mark Fenwick  
Neil Ferguson  
Russell Filby Backwell Road Cycling Club
Naomi Foster non
Duncan Fraser  
Rob French Audax Club Bristol
Marcus Fry Longshore Drifters
Mark Fryer  
Christopher Gay celtic tri
Mark Gibson  
James Gill  
Irfon Glyn  
Ricky Goldswain  
Graham Gordon Bristol South
Colin Gorton  
Richard Goucher Audax Club Bristol
Andy Gray  
Cab Green Cheesy Riders
Andy Greenham Bath CC
Ryan Greenhough  
Eric Grill Cardiff Ajax
Jessica Hambly  
Claire Hann  
Dawn Harrill  
David Harris Swansea & west wales
Howard Harris  
Steven Harris Walden Tri club
Mark Harrison  
Pete Henley Backwell Road Cycling Club
Laurence Hewetson BAD Tri
Gary Hewitt-Long Chippenham & District Wheelers
Jason Hinton Launceston velo
Ben Holder Bristol DA
Ian Huddart  
Sheni Jiwa Chippenham Wheelers
David Johnston  
Ewan Johnston Bristol South CC
Geoffrey Jones  
Steven Jones abergavenny cc
Luke Joy-Smith AC Bristol
Pentti Kavanagh Chippenham Wheelers
Richard Keir Pork Train Velo Club
Daniel Kempe Bristol South CC
David Lane LVIS
Jimbo Latimer  
Rob Lee PAC Tri
Simon Lewis Chippenham Wheelers
Nick Livermore Bristol South CC
Rosanne Lord CTC
Tom Lowe  
Robin Mainwaring Cheltenham
Chris Manning  
Craig Marshall Pac-Tti
Andy Martin  
David Matthews Longshore Drifters
John Matthews  
Tom McLean Corinium Cycling Club
Robert McMillan bath cc
Salvatore Micciche BSCC
James Miller CTC
Alistair Millington  
Christian Montez Dursley RC
Andrew Morgan  
Barry Morgan Bike Club
Joshua Morland  
Martyn Mullin Audax Club Bristol
Nigel Muntz  
Ian Negus CTC and Audax Club Bristol
Yeung Ng Bynea cc
Jaime Norman Bristol
Graham Norton  
Gareth Owen  
Jessica Palmer None
James Pargeter Pork Train Velo Club
Matt Parrott  
Richard Payne  
Deb Peters PAC-Tri
David Pleming  
Julian Plummer  
Will Pomeroy Bristol CTC / ACB
Tom Pook  
Richard Pope  
Brad Porter  
Colin Porter BADTri
Duncan Porter None
Julian Pring BRCC
Juan Rae  
Steve Ransom The Cheesy Riders
Alex Rendu Cycle Bristol CTC
Ian Rickard Bigfoot MBC
Stephen Riglar  
Mark Rockett Plymouth Corinthian CC
Steve Rosewarne  
Tom Rosewarne  
Neil Rowse  
Lee Russell  
Mark Salamonsen  
Nouveau Sanders LVIS
Chris Sawford  
Jonathan Saxon PACTri
Anneka Schmitz non
Adam Sheppard  
Bethany Simmonds BAD Tri
Ben Skinner  
Tim Slater NBCC
Lindsay Smith BADTri
Luke Smith  
Tom Sneddon Celtic tri
Graham Spiller  
Andrew Strachan  
Tom Taylor Mathews PTVC
Petar Terziev  
Edgar Thoemmes  
Pete Tredget ACB
Tim Trew  
Steven Troughton  
Lee Turner  
Chris Tyson  
Ron Van Heeswijk  
Ed Van Rooyen Bath cc
Neil Veitch Bristol CTC/ Audax Club Bristo
Scott Wallis  
Steve Wallis Chippenham Wheelers
Jonathan Waring Lvis
Adam Watkins Backwell Road Cycling Club
Robert Webb  
Sven Weier  
Chrissie Wellington  
Ian Williams  
Clifford Willis Longshore Drifters
Gary Woods North Bristol CC
Adam Worrall Swindon Wheelers
Jason Wring  
Martyn Yarde  

Barry's Bristol Bash (116k)
237 entries (limit 250)

Firstname Surname Club
Stephen Aldridge  
Mark Alker Stone White Tree Roulers
Jeremy Ash Bath CC
Rob Ash  
Stephen Ashworth Aoac
Lucy Atkins  
Julian Attfield Cardiff Ajax
Alexandru Atudosie  
David Bailey ctc bristol
Scott Bailey  
Emma Bain  
Nick Baker Las Vegas Institute of Sport
Katie Bapty  
Matthew Barber Bristol South Cycling club
Catherine Barker Bristol
Stephen Bathurst LVIS
Paul Beard Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club
Stuart Bechares  
Anthony Bickmore  
Elsie Bickmore  
Evan Bickmore LVIS
Lorraine Bickmore LVIS
Carol Billinghurst None
Toby Bishop  
Caroline Blunt Pac Tri
Nick Blunt Pac Tri
William Booth  
Jim Bowyer montpelier mystics
Robert Brophy  
Bernard Brown Cardiff Ajax.cc
Keith Brown Nailsea RC Bikers
Guy Buckland  
Mike Bull  
Karen Bullen  
Ross Burn  
Lorna Burrows Badtri
Neil Burston Ashton Keynes AKsionals
Tomas Buxton  
Dominic Carr  
Philip Chambers Old Gits
Richard Charlton  
John Chichester Cardiff Ajax
Lisa Chichester Cardiff Ajax
Michael Chouings CTC West, Bristol.
Nicholas Clarkson  
Alison Cloote  
Ian Collins  
Sam Cooper The Cheesy Riders
Russell Curnow Aoac
Suzanne Davey British cycling PAC TRI
Alison Davies AOAC
Michael Deval  
Paul Dixon  
Shirley Dommett RC Bikers
Claire Edwards  
Jamie Edwards  
Paul Edwards  
Leon Eggbeer  
Julie Ann Evans  
Steve Fitton Weston Chain Gang
Peter Fletcher N/A
John Ford  
Michael Fox  
Jeannie Fry Weston Chain Gang
Neill Fry White Tree Rouleurs
Mike Fugeman  
Emma Gage VC Walcot
Justin Gage vc walcot
Txema Garcia Virgili  
Sue Gardner CTC Bristol
Wayne Gardner CTC Bristol
Katherine Gash Richard Club Cycles
Chris Germain  
Mary Gilchrist somervalley cycling club
John Gilroy  
Ceri Gooder  
Dean Gray Spirit Racing
Mark Greenwood White Tree Rouleurs
Shaun Grey ctc
Peter Griffith  
Josh Gunn  
Ben Halstead  
Julia Hammersley montpelier mystics
Simon Harper  
Nye Harries Montpelier Mystics
George Harrill  
Adam Harris BADtri
Ben Harris  
Phillip Harry  
Matt Hatch White Tree Rouleurs
David Hayhurst  
Paul Henry  
Dave Hewlett Disciples of Dirt/IMBA
Angie Hill  
Clare Hill  
Tim Hill  
Nick Hodges bcttt
Neil Hodgins  
Jeremy Hogg Bristol Road Club
Chris Holbrook bath cc
Roger Holmes None
Jessica Hughes  
Richard Hughes  
Sarah Hunt  
Chris James Cardiff Ajax
Jezza James BW Cycling
Nia James Cardiff Ajax
Tim James  
Allison Johnston Allison
Ben Jones  
Paul Jones Bristol South CC
David Keating  
Siobhan Kelly  
Jayne Kerridge  
Steven Kershaw  
Steve Kinsella Clevedon
Richard Lafferty  
Paul Lapham  
Adam Lawrence White Tree Rouelers
Mark Lillie  
Mark Lilly BRISTOL
Sarah Little BADTri
Jon Lock BK Velo
Rosie Lord  
Andrew Lovell  
Trevor Lupton BK Velo
Andrew MacIntosh  
Alexis MacKie  
Simon Maddison Montpelier Mystics
Jim Magill White Tree Rouleurs
Daniel Mahler ACB
Emma Main AOAC
Maxwell Malpass  
Michael Mansfield  
Sarah Martindale Badtri
Robert Matthews  
Robert Maziarz  
Thomas McPhail  
Paul Metcalfe chippenham Wheelers
Ben Meynell  
John Montet  
Clive Moore Cheltenham Cycling Club
Craig Morgan  
Helen Morris  
Richard Morris Kingswood Tri Club
Sarah Mowl CTC Bristol
David Naismith  
Elly Nashat  
Simon Newman  
Ned Nicol  
Conor O'Brien  
Beverly O'Dwyer  
Mark O'Dwyer  
Fran O'Higgins  
John O'Rourke ctc
Len O'Rourke  
Matthew Odgaard  
Chris Osborne  
Oliver Owen  
Richard Pallister  
Laura Pankhurst BAD Tri
Justin Parker cardiff ajax cc
Huw Parry 90072019
Philip Parry BADTri
Helen Parsons  
David Pearce  
James Peck  
Rob Pendleton  
Lowri Phillips San Domenico RC
Sarah Phillips none
Andy Pickerin  
Tim Pocock The Triathlon Shop - Bristol
Anca Pop Ajax club
Bernie Pottrell Sodbury Cycle-Sport
Henry Prag  
Tracy Quintana-Parker Backwell Road Cycling
Jenny Raison  
Stuart Raison  
Geoff Rich  
Caroline Richards  
Philip Ridland  
Malcolm Ritchie  
Stuart Robertson abergavenny cc
Stu Robinson  
Kieran Roche  
Shona Rodger  
Mark Rogers Backwell Road Cycling Club
Matt Rumsey  
Desmond Ruszala  
Matthew Ruszala  
Catherine Sadler Montpelier Mystics
Piers Sadler Montpelier Mystics
Mick Saunders nbcc
Mark Sayers  
Edward Schwarz  
Kris Self CTC member
Karen Shayler  
Keith Shepherd CTC Bristol
Martyn Shiner BK Velo
Jon Slade  
Jules Smailes Pac_tri
Alex Smith BAD Tri
Stephen Smith Cardiff Ajax
Carolyn Spittlehouse  
David Spooner  
David Squance  
David Stead  
James Stevens White Tree Rouleurs
Robert Stewart  
Pip Stokes  
David Stringer audax club bristol
Neil Sutton  
Andrea Swaine  
Peter Thacker  
Mick Tinning Cardiff Ajax Cycling Club
Jonathan Trigg Whitetree Roleurs
Nick Tuftnell  
Mark Van Rossum  
Steve Wakley White Tree Rouleurs
Clifford Wallis R C Bikers
Martin Ward  
Andy Wareham CTC Bristol
Liz Webb Cardiff Ajax
Dan Weisselberg Montpelier Mystics
Jeffery Williams  
Martin Williams  
Jon Wines  
William Witter  
Eliza Wolfson  
John Wood  
John Woodier  
Paul Woodruff  
Stephen Woodward  
Andy Wright White tree roulers
Jonathan Wright Cardiff Ajax CC
Tim Wye Montpelier Mystics
Craig Yandell N/A

Barry's Bristol Blast (116k)
191 entries (limit 200)

Firstname Surname Club
Ken Acland nbcc
Lee Anderson Sodbury Cycle Sport
Caroline Bannister BadTri
Veronica Barbaro  
Emma Barraclough Bristol South CC
Geoff Barrett  
Annie Bartlett  
David Bassett Bigfoot MBC
Paul Bath  
Rosario Bavetta  
Andrea Beetles  
Sam Birch Tri London
Stephen Blackman  
Nathan Bliss Las Vegas Institute of Sport
Diana Bloss  
Kristian Bond  
Kevan Botha  
Paul Brinkman BEER
Mark Brough Cycle Bristol CTC
Ben Brown  
Mark Bull North Bristol Cycling Club
Oliver Bulman  
Bruce Cadenhead  
Edward Campbell LVIS
Simon Canning-Matthews  
Mike Carden  
Charles Carslake  
Jon Casey  
Jane Chapman Cycle Bristol CTC
Rosamond Chapman  
Tim Chapman LVIS - Go Las Vegas!!!!!!!!!!!
Ian Cheatle  
Sheila Cheatle  
Carl Chittenden  
Steve Clark  
Janet Clarke Bigfoot MBC
Robert Cleeves  
Cat Cload Bigfoot MBC
Andrew Coleman  
Dan Coles  
Michael Collins Bristol South CC
Michelle Collins  
Chris Cooke  
Duncan Cooper  
Rory Cooper  
Emily Craig N/A
Liz Daniels Cycle Bristol CTC
Stuart Davies  
Victoria Davies  
Chris Davies-Barnard  
Taraka Davies-Barnard  
Giles Davis Las Vegas Institute of Sport
Mike Dawes  
Claire Dignon Beacon RCC
Vicky Dixon BAD Tri
Ryan Downes Nova Lock Club
Joanna Dufton Tri London
Liam Dunne  
Benjamin Eastment  
Barry Edbrooke NBCC
Peter Evans North Bristol CC
Simon Evans Royal Dean forest c c
Simon Evans  
Wyn Evans Merthyr Cycling Club
Jeremy Evered Dursley Road Club
Paul Fearon North Bristol Cycling Club
Rachel Foyle  
Robert Frankton  
Chris Frewin Wideopen Magazine
Jeremy Furber  
Phil Golston  
Andrew Graham  
Tony Green  
Jane Hall LVIS
Shaunagh Harvey-Kelly  
Chris Hayes  
Steve Heads North Bristol CC
Calvin Healy  
Matthew Heard  
Tim Heard  
Sarah Hemmings Props
Richard Hendry  
Simon Holder PB Science
Jessica Horder  
Paul Jackson  
Rob Jarvis  
Alice Jeffrey  
Heather Jones  
Matthew Jones  
Geoff Kearney  
Vince Kearney  
Matt Keevill BEER
Laith Khalaf  
Dylan Lang Las Vegas Institute of Sport
Pete Latham  
Frederic Le Ouedec Backwell road cycling club
Carlos Leira  
Juliet Lennox  
John Leopold  
Eva Linnel  
Paul Long BEER
Mike Lowe  
Simon Luce NBCC
Duncan MacDonald n/a
Sean Madden NA
Pi Manson  
Rob Matty Bigfoot MBC
Richard McIntyre  
Alison McKerrow  
Simon Mead  
Jonathan Memel  
Daniel Merry  
David Middleton  
Kate Millard Backwell road cycling club
Richard Miller  
John Mills nbcc
Tom Mitchell North Bristol CC
Ben Mogridge  
Ceri Moorcraft  
Mark Moran  
Simon Morse  
Gavin Morton Glasgow Green Cycle Club
Chris Mundell  
Duncan Noack-Cox  
Noel Oconnell  
Lizzie Ormerod  
Victoria Ormerod  
Carol Osborne  
Robert Pattison  
Andy Pearson BEER
James Perrott  
Kevin Phillips  
Spencer Pritchard Backwell Road Cycling Club
Lucy Rayner  
Fraser Richards LVIS
David Richardson  
Andrew Riddington  
Fiona Ridley Backwell
Dominic Ridsdill  
Matt Roff Bigfoot MBC
Julien Roger  
Richard Sambrook  
Thomas Sambrook  
Tris Seabrook Bad Tri
Bruno Seffen  
Andrew Sellar Backwell Road Cycling Club
Geoffrey Sharpe Devon CTC
Steffi Shelley-Smith  
Samantha Shinde  
Joseph Silverman  
Neil Smailes  
Andrew Smith  
Iwan Smith  
Robin Smith  
Steve Smith Beacon RCC
Graham Steele  
Mark Stephens  
John Stone Audax Club Bristol
Robert Sutton  
Ed Taylor  
Sam Taylor  
Sarah Taylor Bristol CTC
Matt Telford  
Carla Tonks  
Stephen Tonks  
Jasper Tredgold  
Richard Troue  
Ruth Tunwell  
Tom Turner  
Vicky Turner-Weare  
Nicholas Turpin Propps
Chris Veal BEER
Tim Wadsworth Malmesbury Clarion CC
Rachel Walker Backwell road cycling group
Rob Wall Bristol
Mike Watkivs  
Graham Watts CTC bristol
Darryl Weaver Bigfoot MTB
Sarah West Bristol Road Club
Tim Whitaker Dirty Rimz
Mike White  
Paula White BACKWELL ROAD CYCLING CLUB
Alex Whitmore  
Andrew Williams  
Gareth Williams  
Nick Williams  
Fiona Wilson  
Tom Worley  
Edward Wright  
Ed Yaxley  
Kat Zolkiewicz  

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!

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!!

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

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 (-:

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

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!

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

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.

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..

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.

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?

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!

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

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.

116km of tarmac party.

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

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

Thanks Marcus for another great day... Perfecto!

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Great day out - Cheers LVIS!

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

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

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...

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

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

A brilliant ride - cheers

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

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

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

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.

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....

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

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.

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!

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.

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

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

Best Cakes ever, ever, ever!

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.

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.

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

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

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