Now celebrating its 7th 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 2016 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 April.
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).
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.
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!
Barry's Bristol Blast
10:30am start, 9hr17min time limit, finish by 7:47pm
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.
Start/FinishRiders 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.
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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.
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 control point 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/
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
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.
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.
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
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