Humber Bridge: 200km Audax

The Humber Bridge 200 first ran on the 23rd September 2017; it is a 200km (125mile) 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. This is a cycle ride up into the Yorkshire Wolds, then south over the rivers Ouse and Trent before climbing the North Lincolnshire Wolds and returning to the start with a crossing of the Humber Bridge.

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Humber Bridge 200 Route

VeloClub 167 and St Helen’s Church, Welton, in the East Riding of Yorkshire, invite you to enter this 200km ‘Brevet Randonneur’ Audax: The ‘Humber Bridge 200’. 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 8am 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.

Starting in the picturesque village of Welton, this route heads into the quiet country lanes of the East Riding of Yorkshire and the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Wolds. There are many beautiful villages on the route including Thixendale and Sheriff Hutton. Then riders get a rest from climbing thanks to the flatlands east of York – riding south through Melbourne crossing the river Ouse to reach Hook. More flat and quiet lanes take the end of the route over the river Trent before finishing with scenic views of the Humber Bridge and a crossing of the estuary; returning to Welton.

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 200 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!

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