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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere

600k - 06 June 2019 starting at 0700 (Leighton Buzzard)

600k - 11 July 2019 starting at 0600 (Exeter)

imageThe Buzzard is a basic ('X'-rated) event from Leighton Buzzard in Bedfordshire to Exeter in Devon, and back. The route is straightforward and includes some A and B roads. The two events follow the same route, starting from LB or from Exeter.

Controls are:-

  • Leighton Buzzard (start)
  • Pangbourne
  • Chandler's Ford
  • Salisbury
  • Sherborne
  • Exeter (alt start/finish)
  • Wells
  • Cirencester
  • Brackley
  • Leighton Buzzard (finish)

The Buzzard will have a postal finish, meaning you must get proof of passage and post your card to the organiser within three days (post 1st class to ensure qualification for PBP). It is intended for experienced randonneurs.  The Exe-Buzzard cards will be collected at the finish to ensure they are validated in time for PBP qualification.

Between Exeter and Wells (313km to 406km) there are several hotels and motels of the Travel lodge variety and suitable for tired randonneurs. Similarly there are various options for accommodation near Pangbourne for the Exeter starters.

Reports from the 2013 event on, here.

This event is now part of the Exeter Wheelers' SR series.

Buzzard gps here updated 09.05.2019 (minor change)

Exe-Buzzard gps here updated 08.06.2019 (change to finish)

Buzzard routesheet here. updated 21.09.18

Exe-Buzzard routesheet here. updated 07.06.2019

Map of the route here updated 21.09.18

PARENTAL CONSENT is required for entrants under 18 years of age. See the entry form for details.

Entry form LB start

Entry form Exeter start

Long-distance cycling under AUK rules is often (though inaccurately) referred to as audaxing. Mudguards are not required for any of these events. Use whatever bike suits you. If you don't want to follow a routesheet then download the GPS file. You will need to be fit and self-sufficient. Most of these events, especially the longer ones, are hard. You should be an experienced cyclist with both fitness and stamina. There is a minimum speed of 15kph for all the events of 200km and above. Don't worry about the maximum speed of 30kph, you won't get near it. Prepare your bike and yourself carefully for any of these events. If you do all the distances, you become an Exeter Wheelers Super Randonneur.

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