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Sunrise & Snowdrop Express: Antidote to expensive events



Date: 18th February 2012.
Events: Sunrise Express (clockwise) starting at 8.30am.
Snowdrop Express (anticlockwise) starting at 9.00am.
Entry Fee: £7 (£5 for AUK or CTC members) + £2 if via Paypal.
Distance: 123km.
Route: Hartlebury – Evesham – Upton Upon Severn – Hartlebury or vice versa.
Weather: Chilly (probably); Crisp (possibly); Precipitation (hopefully, not).
Camaraderie: Good to excellent.
Beans on Toast: Substantial.
Sportive Rip-off: Certainly not.
Do I have to be a dentist riding a Pinarello? Certainly not, we leave that for over-priced events.
Do I need a beard? Ever heard of shaving?
Mudguards: Not compulsory unless you think events should comply to rules set by Queen Victoria.

The Blurb....

Entries are already flooding in and it is only mid-October.


The Sunrise and Snowdrop Expresses are an institution on the winter cycling and audax calendar. For some riders our event provides a wonderful opportunity to enjoy rural Worcestershire on a crisp winter day. For others it provides the perfect motivation to get out with friends when they might otherwise be tempted to stay indoors. In recent years we have also been delighted to welcome several local racing men and women who used it for steady winter training.

The two 123km events follow the same routes but in opposite directions. The routes follow quiet country roads with only a few short bits on main roads. February can of course be quite cold, so we have the option of gritted alternative if road conditions are poor, assuming that the dear old County Council has sent out its gritters the night before.

We hope you find everything you need to know about the Beacons February Audaxes in these pages. If you have any further questions please contact the organiser below. For details of what an Audax ride entails see our website at:

Audaxes are self guided rides. Riders will be sent route cards via e-mail and GPS downloads are available from the Beacon website. You will need to be able to ride between 15 and 30kph average to qualify.

Parking: There is ample parking at the HQ. Please follow the instructions of the marshals.


Before the Event: The Hartlebury HQ will be open from 7.15am and you are welcome to purchase hot drinks and food.

On completion of the ride you will be given a FREE food voucher that will entitle you to a mug of tea or coffee, Beans on toast or any other food on the menu to the same value and a slice of cake.

Controls -

Evesham and Upton Upon Severn will feature as the event controls can get a stampt for your Brevet Card stamped and take the opportunity to purchase some fine bread pudding, etc.

The Small Print

This event is run under Audax UK regulations. It is not a race or trial of speed. You are expected to follow the rules of the road and show consideration to other road users. It is your responsibility to familiarise yourself with Audax UK regulations, guidance, and advice. (Members receive these via AUK publications. Others may find them on the AUK website at )

The route is on open public roads.
- Some routes may be arduous.
- It is not a race or a timed trial.
- The route is not waymarked or marshalled.
- You should prepare by studying the route.
- The organiser provides no rescue service.
- You are responsible for your safety/conduct and compliance with the Highway Code and traffic laws.
- Please remember that the cafes are acting as hosts for our controls.
- In the event of cancellation, fees will not be refunded but will entitle riders to ride the event under 'permanent audax' regulations until 9th April 2012. Any surplus created by the cancellation will be donated to the charity 'Headway'.
- Ride times are not published but a list of finishers will be published on both AUK and Beacon RCC websites.



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