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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

How to Enter

All routes cost just £7 to enter. If you are not a member of Audax UK or the CTC there is an additional charge of £2 for temporary Audax UK membership.

There will be a limit of 200 riders on the Ball Buster route, 250 riders on the Bash route and 200 riders on the Blast route .

Online entries will open on Barry Jaeger's birthday.

Payment is through PayPal (the secure online payment service) and you can pay by debit or credit card - you do not need a PayPal account.

Contact

The organisers can be contacted by email:

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

Best Cakes ever, ever, ever!

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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 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

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.

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!

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

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

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..

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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!!!!

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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...

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.

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.

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....

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 day out - Cheers LVIS!

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!

116km of tarmac party.

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

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.

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

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.

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!!

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.

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.

A brilliant ride - cheers

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

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

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.

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

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.

Thanks Marcus for another great day... Perfecto!

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

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

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?

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

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 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.

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.

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

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

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.

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 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!

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

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 (-:

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

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.