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UK Cyclist: Long-distance and leisure cycling in the South-west and elsewhere
PDF routesheet here
Gps files here
Online entry here

A basic 600 that runs between Leighton Buzzard and Exeter. Choose any control as a start. You might want to check that there is some kind of accommodation at around 360km from your chosen start location.

The route runs south from Leighton Buzzard, through Pangbourne to Chandler's Ford. There it turns towards Salisbury to join the A30. The next control is Sherborne. The route deviates from the A30 to run south of Yeovil. It rejoins it to run through Crewkerne, Chard, and Honiton to Exeter. From Exeter it initially follows the A38 before heading through the Somerset Levels to Wells. Before Wells there are various hotels and travel lodges that would serve for a sleep stop. From Wells the route takes you across country, through Malmesbury to Cirencester, then on to Brackley. The final leg returns to Leighton Buzzard and the finish.

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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