On the 6th May 2017, the Churches of the Howden Deanery created the ‘Minster Mission’ 100km bicycle ride starting at Howden Minster: an opportunity to visit all 17 churches and enjoy our hospitality of free cake and hot drinks. Although the Audax event is unlikely to run again in the near future (it was a one-off event) the route is still available via RideWithGPS.
Here is what we were saying back in 2017:
The ‘Minster Mission’ 100km (62 mile) cycling event is not a race! It is an opportunity to follow a planned route around all seventeen church buildings in the Howden Deanery in one go, on a scenic route with lots of mainly flat country lanes, a couple of hills from the Wolds and a little bit of traffic-free off-road beside the Humber Estuary. This is an ‘Audax’ event – which means that it is a recognised ‘long distance’ cycle ride run under the rules of ‘Audax UK’.
Two of the clergy in the Howden Deanery are keen cyclists who love long distance events and wanted to create an event which brought together the hospitality that church communities offer, with a beautiful cycle ride around all the picturesque buildings. There will be refreshments at Howden Minster and at St Helen’s Church in Welton, and many of the other buildings will be open to have a look around too.
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 Minster Mission 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!
We look forward to seeing you at Howden Minster for the start in May 2017.