The Humber Bridge 100 first ran on the 23rd September 2017; it is a 100km (62 mile) Audax. The 2018 edition – perhaps the last because the Curate is leaving St Helen’s after that – will take place on the 22nd September 2018. A cycle ride around the River Ouse, River Trent then back over the Humber Estuary: on the longest cycle-able suspension bridge in the world.
VeloClub 167 and St Helen’s Church, Welton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, invite you to enter this 100km ‘Brevet Populaire’ Audax: The ‘Humber Bridge 100’. There will be refreshments at the beginning and the end in St Helen’s Church and there is parking in the village. The start is only a short ride from Brough Railway Station on the line into Hull, and for the adventurous, the 9am start time allows riders to cycle down from York… making this an Extended Calendar Event (ECE) – contact the organiser for a recommended 50km route from York to Welton.
Riders will leave Welton with a short 40m climb uphill that gives everyone a chance to see pretty much the whole route landscape laid out ahead of them, from Goole in the west to the Wolds of North Lincolnshire on the far bank of the Humber. The majority of this ride is on flat countryside lanes, with just a little bit of climbing at the end to reveal scenic views of the Humber Bridge.
There is one short (3km) section of unpaved road, but it is in very good condition:
This section takes riders to an ‘Information Control’ at Weighton Lock – and the beautiful views of the Humber Estuary.
River crossings are the highlight of this route; with the distinctive bridges of Boothferry Bridge over the River Ouse, and Keadby Bridge over the River Trent. Despite the long sections of quiet country lanes, there are plenty of places to find refreshments along the ride, and numerous pubs to stop and enjoy a pint in the sunshine. Inevitably the Lincolnshire Wolds create some climbing, but the reward as riders cycle along the south bank of the Humber are scenic views of the Humber Bridge – the signature of this ride.
In the UK, Audaxes are non-competitive cycling events which have maximum and minimum speed limits, the challenge of these rides is to complete a long distance in a set time-frame. 100km routes are an introduction to the world of long distance cycling which typically sees riders taking on 200km, 300km, 400km or 600km rides in preparation for major events like the 1200km Paris-Brest-Paris or the 1400km London-Edinburgh-London.
Unlike the Tour de Yorkshire or other fast paced events, there are no Marshalls on the route and there are no sign-posted routes. Instead the riders are given a routesheet and expected to find their own way around the course, there is an expectation that cyclists can be self-sufficient; ie find their own way around and fix and problems (such as punctures) on the way. The organisers of the Humber Bridge 100 are also providing a gpx file which can be uploaded to suitable gps bicycle computers and can be a helpful way to navigate in addition to the printed route-sheet.
Everyone entering the event is covered by Audax UK insurance while taking part, which is why it is really important that anyone wanting to take part should enter through the event website here. Knowing how many people have entered also helps us to plan the cake situation!