I did this ride last year and was looking forward to John Perrin’s famous hospitality. I wasn’t disappointed.
The weather, for once, was nice enough for shorts, and Graeme and I set off heading towards Wales at 8am. There was a headwind all the way out, which got stronger as the day went on. It’s a relatively flat ride until you get to Wales and then it starts to kick up as you approach World’s End.
We stopped in Chester by the river but the best audax control of the day (possibly ever!) was waiting at the top of World’s End. I find this climb quite easy, and so it was today on the steep part sheltered at the bottom. But then it flattens out and becomes more exposed, with views across the moors. By this time the headwind was terrific, and the shallower climb was far more difficult than the steeper one at the start.
After stuffing my face with the best home-made rocky road going, we set off again, struggling into the headwind and then enjoying views off the top.
Just a note about my Canyon Ultimate. I’m liking it more and more. It goes up hills really well, and it’s handling on twisty descents, even in strong winds, is exemplary. It’s great fun to ride.
Thankfully, as we turned for home the wind became our friend, pushing us along at fast speeds. It’s blatantly obvious the effect it was having by looking at 10 mile lap average speeds.
Arriving back at the HQ (John’s house) there was plenty of food and a warm welcome for everyone. If you haven’t done one of John’s audaxes then you should.
Ride stats : 131.5 miles in 8hrs 26m @ 15.6mph. 6407ft climb. Average HR 127bpm, 5406kcals energy used
Strava ride here