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!
"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."
"Congratulations on your successful and brilliantly organized ride. My thanks to everyone involved, not forgetting my helpful riding companions."
"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."
"Excellent as ever, all aspects of the day...kinda liked the cold in an odd way, esp. once I was home!"
"Well done, and thanks for organising. see yers next year."
"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."
"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..."
"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."
"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."
"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
See you 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."
"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
"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 (-:"
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"A superbly organised event which must take a lot of work. All much appreciated."
"A brilliant ride - cheers"
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Thank you both for an amazing day - and all the LVIS helpers. We'll, as they say, be back."
"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."
"Legend had told me about this ride & the cakes but nothing prepared me for the cakefest at Hill !!!
The Pavlova was fantastic"
"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!"
"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"
"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.
"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."
"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 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'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?"
"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."
"Thank you very much again for organising yesterday's AUDAX, it was absolutely brilliant."
"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!"
"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."
"The organisation was really impressive, the route was excellent and the mix of people was wonderful."
"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."
"A superbly run event and very enjoyable route. Fantastic cake and even for us tailenders still a great choice left."
"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 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."
"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 today. Well organised, great fun, lovely route, wonderful cake and even the promised sun came out! Go Vegas!"
"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."
"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!"
"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."
"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!"
"Great fun, superbly organised. As for the cakes - what can I possibly add? Fantastic. Thanks Marcus and team. Go Vegas!"
"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...."
"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."
"It wsa 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."
"My first but not my last Audax. Well organised. Please can it be warmer next year..."
"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."
"Fantastic route, great people, great cakes and great weather...what more can you ask for."
"Thoroughly enjoyed it, route (100k) was lovely, great food and company. Many thanks to all involved :-D"
"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."
"Best Cakes ever, ever, ever!"
"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."
"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!!"