Welcome to the website for Audax (and some other) events organised by CTC West Yorkshire District Association. If you are new to audax events, take a look at our What is Audax page for more information.

 

Sep
28
Sun
2014
Rough Stuff Ride @ Grange Moor Village Centre
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am

 

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Oct
5
Sun
2014
Season of Mists @ Salem Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge
Oct 5 @ 9:00 am

Rider set off on a hazy Autumn morning

A hilly 100 kilometre ride from Hebden Bridge, into the Ribble Valley, with a  generous time limit based on a minimum speed of 12 kph and a maximum of 24 kph.

The event forms part of the West Yorkshire CTC Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Competition. There is an entry fee of £4.00 for members of Audax UK or CTC. In order to obtain public liability cover, people who are not members of these organizations need to take out temporary membership of Audax UK. Full details are on the entry form.

The route covers approximately 100 km, taking you from the heart of West Yorkshire over the hills into Lancashire, and back again, with a generous time allowance for completion. There is a minimum average speed required of 12 kph and a maximum of 24 kph, giving an upper time limit of 8 hours 20 minutes for completion.

Riders enjoying a conversation on Season of Mists

Brief route details are as follows: –

Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Burnley – Fence – Sabden – Clitheroe – Waddington – Slaidburn – Grindleton – Chatburn – Downham – Nelson – Heptonstall – Hebden Bridge.

A contour count by Steve Snook (thanks, Steve!) suggests that there is a total of 2555 metres of ascent which makes the event worth 2.5 AAA points.

(Maps: OS Landranger 104  or Bartholomews: West Yorkshire)

Start/Finish and Parking

There will be refreshments available at the start, and food available at the finish of the event.

Please note that there is no space for car parking at the start. There are other car parks close by in Hebden Bridge, although there is pressure on space in this tourist town. Some of the car parks now only allow 3 or 4 hours parking. The car parks at Garden Street, Market Place, New Road, and Garden Square all offer unrestricted parking. If arriving by car, you could park outside town and ride in, but whatever you choose to do, please be sure to allow time to find a space and to get to the event HQ in plenty of time for the start.

Anybody intending to take part who requires accommodation in the area either before or after the event should contact the Tourist Information Office in Hebden Bridge (01422 843831). There is also a Youth Hostel at Mankinholes (01706 812340), approximately 4 miles away.

If you have any problems obtaining accommodation or if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me, either by email, or by phone (01422 832853). We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

Route Sheet and GPX file

Season of Mists Route Sheet

Season of Mists at Bikely.com

 

Photos from previous years. Please let me know if you would like an uncompressed version of any of these.

Event Photos 2013

Event Photos 2012

Event Photos 2011

Event Photos 2010

Event Photos 2009

Event Photos 2008

Event Photos 2006

 

Mellow Fruitfulness @ Salem Community Centre, Central Street, Hebden Bridge
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am

 Climbing back out of Thursden

A hilly 50 kilometre ride from Hebden Bridge.

The event forms part of the West Yorkshire CTC Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Competition. There is an entry fee of £3.50 for members of Audax UK or CTC. In order to obtain public liability cover, people who are not members of these organizations need to take out temporary membership of Audax UK. Full details are on the entry form.

The route covers approximately 50 km., taking you from the heart of West Yorkshire over the hills into Lancashire, and back again, with a generous time allowance for completion. There is a minimum average speed required of 8 kph and a maximum of 20 kph, giving an upper time limit of 6 hours 15 minutes for completion.

Brief route details are as follows: –

Hebden Bridge – Heptonstall – Cliviger – Worsthorne – Haggate – Coldwell – Widdop – Heptonstall – Hebden Bridge.

(Maps: OS Landranger 104 or OS Outdoor Leisure 21 South Pennines or Bartholomews: West Yorkshire)

A contour count by Steve Snook (thanks, Steve!) suggests that there is about 1200 metres of ascent which makes the event worth 1.25 AAA points.

(Maps: OS Landranger 104  or Bartholomews: West Yorkshire)

Start/Finish and Parking

There will be refreshments available at the start, and food available at the finish of the event.

Please note that there is no space for car parking at the start. There are other car parks close by in Hebden Bridge, although there is pressure on space in this tourist town. Some of the car parks now only allow 3 or 4 hours parking. The car parks at Garden Street, Market Place, New Road, and Garden Square all offer unrestricted parking. If arriving by car, you could park outside town and ride in, but whatever you choose to do, please be sure to allow time to find a space and to get to the event HQ in plenty of time for the start.

Anybody intending to take part who requires accommodation in the area either before or after the event should contact the Tourist Information Office in Hebden Bridge (01422 843831). There is also a Youth Hostel at Mankinholes (01706 812340), approximately 4 miles away.

If you have any problems obtaining accommodation or if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me, either by email , or by phone (01422 832853). We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

Route Sheet and GPX file

Mellow Fruitfulness Route Sheet

Mellow Fruitfulness at Bikely.com

 

Photos from previous years. Please let me know if you would like an uncompressed version of any of these.

Event Photos 2013

Event Photos 2012

Event Photos 2011

Event Photos 2010

Event Photos 2009

Event Photos 2008

Event Photos 2006

Apr
12
Sun
2015
Spring into the Dales @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Apr 12 @ 9:00 am
Calderdale CTC proudly presents
A hilly 110km from Hebden Bridge into the Yorkshire Dales.

A rider passes an oak tree in the heart of Wharefedale

For those that have completed this ride previously please note the change of start venue: MYTHOLMROYD COMMUNITY CENTRE

The event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the District Associations Tourist Competition. There is an entry fee of £4.00 for members of Audax UK or CTC who are resident in the UK. In order to obtain public liability cover, people who are not members of these organizations need to take out temporary membership of Audax UK. Full details are on the entry form.

The route covers approximately 110km, taking you from the heart of West Yorkshire into the foothills of the Yorkshire Dales, and back again, with a generous time allowance for completion. There is a minimum average speed required of 12 kph and a maximum of 24 kph, giving an upper time limit of 9 hours 10 minutes for completion.

Brief route details are as follows: –

Hebden Bridge – Oxenhope – Stanbury – Laneshaw Bridge – Earby – West Marton – Gargrave – Cracoe – Burnsall – Bolton Abbey – Halton East – Draughton – Silsden – Keighley – Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge.

(OS maps 98, 103, 104; Bartholomew’s West Yorkshire)

Anybody intending to take part who requires accommodation in the area either before or after the event should contact the Tourist Information Office in Hebden Bridge (01422 843831). There is also a Youth Hostel at Mankinholes (01706 812340), approximately 4 miles away.

If you have any problems obtaining accommodation or if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me, either by email or by phone (01422 832853). We look forward to seeing you on the day.

Chris Crossland

Start/Finish and Parking

There will be refreshments available at the start, and food available at the finish of the event.

Please note that there is some space for car parking at the start. There are other car parks close by in Mytholmroyd. If arriving by car, you could park outside town and ride in, but whatever you choose to do, please be sure to allow time to find a space and to get to the event HQ in plenty of time for the start.

 

Entrant’s Letter, Route Sheet and GPX file

Entrants Letter for Spring into the Dales (doc format)

Routesheet for Spring Into the Dales (doc format)

Spring Into the Dales (gpx track)

Links to photos from previous years. Please let me know if you would like an uncompressed version of any photo.

2013 PHOTOS online

2013 More PHOTOS online

2012 PHOTOS online

2011 PHOTOS online

2010 PHOTOS ONLINE

2008 PHOTOS ONLINE

2007 PHOTOS ONLINE

Leap Into the Aire @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Apr 12 @ 10:00 am

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From the heart of West Yorkshire this 57km ride will take you into Airedale and back again.

For those that have completed this ride previously please note the change of start venue: MYTHOLMROYD COMMUNITY CENTRE

The event forms part of the West Yorkshire CTC Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Competition. There is an entry fee of £3.50 for members of Audax UK or CTC who are resident in the UK. In order to obtain public liability cover, people who are not members of these organizations need to take out temporary membership of Audax UK. Full details are on the entry form.

The route covers approximately 54 km, taking you from the heart of West Yorkshire into Airedale, and back again, with a generous time allowance for completion. There is a minimum average speed required of 8 kph and a maximum of 20 kph, giving an upper time limit of 6 hours 38 minutes for completion.

Brief route details are as follows: –

Hebden Bridge – Oxenhope – Stanbury – Scar Top – Hill Top – Keighley – Oxenhope – Hebden Bridge.

(Maps: OS Landranger 103, 104 or OS Outdoor Leisure 21 or Bartholomews: West Yorkshire)

Start/Finish and Parking

There will be refreshments available at the start, and food available at the finish of the event.

Please note that there is some space for car parking at the start, but there are also other car parks close by in Mytholmroyd. If arriving by car, you could park outside town and ride in, but whatever you choose to do, please be sure to allow time to find a space and to get to the event HQ in plenty of time for the start.

Anybody intending to take part who requires accommodation in the area either before or after the event should contact the Tourist Information Office in Hebden Bridge (01422 843831). There is also a Youth Hostel at Mankinholes (01706 812340), approximately 4 miles away.

If you have any problems obtaining accommodation or if you have any further queries, please feel free to contact me, either by email , or by phone (01422 832853). We look forward to seeing you on the day.

 

Route Sheet and GPX file

2014 Leap Into The Aire entrants letter

Leap Into the Aire routesheet (doc format)

Leap Into the Aire GPX track

Links to photos from previous years. Please let me know if you would like an uncompressed version of any photo.

2013 PHOTOS online

2013 More PHOTOS online

2012 PHOTOS online

2011 PHOTOS online

2010 PHOTOS ONLINE

2008 PHOTOS ONLINE

2007 PHOTOS ONLINE

 

May
23
Sat
2015
The Old 240 @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
May 23 @ 5:30 am

by Bryn Pinzgauer http://www.flickr.com/photos/12394349@N06/7962936496

The original 240 was a CTC West Yorkshire DA Standard Ride organised by Halifax CTC and remembered with affection (?) by many of the DA’s veterans, and some of the younger riders too. In its original form, the aim was to cover the 240 miles in 24 hours.

The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and some substantial hills including  the climbs of Barbondale, Hartside, Yad Moss, Kidstones, and Cock Hill Moor.

It was revived in 2002 as an Audax event by Frank Branch and Judith Willcock, who converted the old handwritten and much roneo’d and photocopied route sheets into intelligible form, making appropriate modifications that enhanced the route and kept it true to its origins. The route was modified in 2007, in order to accommodate the early start and to remove a section of trunk road, while retaining and enhancing the scenic qualities

The challenging route takes in a lot of majestic country and includes substantial climbing with 6.5 AAA points. There are no compromises as regards route or comfort. The route will take you to remote and inhospitable places (e.g.Yorkshire) as it climbs its way through majestic Pennine landscapes. There are long distances between controls and it is likely that you will need to carry food and drink, and be resourceful about your victualling. You should have complete confidence in your abilities and in your bicycle and its equipment, and will need to have adequate lighting to cope with unlit and poorly surfaced country roads in remote and hilly areas. Riders who successfully complete this event have the satisfaction of knowing that they have overcome one of Audax UK’s hardest challenges.

This year the event returns to the X-rated status trialled a couple of years ago. The start is at Sowerby Bridge Market, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge, and the finish will be at the organiser’s house in Sowerby Bridge, a short distance away. Camping is available in the organiser’s garden before and after the event. Please bring your own tent and sleeping bag etc. If you don’t have a tent, we may be able to help as we have access to several two-person tents. If you would like to use or share one of these please let me know beforehand and we will make sure that it is pitched and ready for your arrival. Please be quiet at night as this is a residential area. Access is via Salisbury Street, and a map is enclosed. Sowerby Bridge is easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains from both Leeds and Manchester stop twice per hour). There is no car parking available at the start but if travelling here by car you may be able to park on Station Road between the police station and the railway station, or at a pinch on Sowerby New Road. A map showing where parking is possible during the event is overleaf.

There is also a Travelodge in Halifax, approximately 3 miles away. The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.

Route Sheet and GPX file

The Old 240 Route Sheet

Photos from Previous Events

Pictures (2003)

Report (2003)

Pictures (2004)

Not Quite the Spurn Head 400 @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
May 23 @ 6:30 am

 

This event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the CTC Tourist Trophy Competition. The 400 km course has to be completed within 27 hours. There is an entry fee of £5.00.

 

The Spurn Head 400 offered riders the chance to visit a part of Yorkshire which is truly unique, and which may well soon be reclaimed by the North Sea (but hopefully not too soon). There was also the chance to spend time in some of the less visited parts of the East Riding. Unfortunately the cafe at the tip of Spurn Point has now closed and has been removed, but most of the event remains, with the sand and pavé being replaced by the Isle of Axholme.

The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.

Route Sheet and GPX file

Not Quite the Spurn Head 400 DOC

Jun
20
Sat
2015
East and West Coasts 600 @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Jun 20 @ 7:00 am

By James Cridland http://www.flickr.com/photos/jamescridland/263777670

These events form part of the CTC West Yorkshire Events Programme and are registered with the CTC Tourist Competition and Brevet de Randonneurs Mondiaux. The 600 km course has to be completed within 40 hours. There is an entry fee of £10.00

The East and West Coasts 600 consists of 2 stages. Stage 1 (381 km) goes out to the first coast (the East), turning at Bridlington, and returning to base. Stage 2 (227 km) goes out to the second coast (the West), visiting Blackpool and Glasson Dock and then returns via the Fylde and Ribble Valley to Mytholmroyd.

The start and finish will be at our customary event HQ at Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, on Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, just off the A646 and approximately 1 mile from Hebden Bridge, which has a large car park and is also easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains stop hourly at Mytholmroyd from both Leeds and Manchester, and more frequently at Hebden Bridge).

For those wanting to arrive at the HQ on Friday night, floor space for sleeping will be available, with a continental-style breakfast provided early on Saturday before the start as part of the catering package. Food will be available at the HQ before and during the event, and immediately afterwards, on a “one charge – all you can eat” basis, in addition to the commercially operated controls at which riders will call en route. Details will be sent out with acknowledged entries.

It will be possible for riders to sleep at the HQ on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. It will help us if you are able to bring a sleeping bag and mat with you.

There is also a Youth Hostel (01706 812340) at Mankinholes, approximately 5 miles away. The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.

Route Sheet and GPX file

The Three Coasts 600 Route Sheet DOC

The Three Coasts 600 @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Jun 20 @ 7:00 am

By Paul Lewin http://www.flickr.com/photos/digypho/4261418025

607km cycling event starting from Mytholmroyd, W. of Halifax. Controls at Castleford, Pocklington, Bridlington, Malton, Castleford, Mytholmroyd, Fulwood, Glasson Dock, Whalley and Hollingworth Lake,

These events form part of the CTC West Yorkshire Events Programme and are registered with the CTC Tourist Competition and Brevet de Randonneurs Mondiaux. The 600 km course has to be completed within 40 hours. There is an entry fee of £10.00

The 3 Coasts 600 consists of 2 stages. Stage 1 (381 km) goes out to the first coast (the East), turning at Bridlington, and returning to base. Stage 2 (227 km) goes out to the second coast (the West), visiting Blackpool and Glasson Dock, and then to the third coast, situated at the “weighvers’ seaport” of Hollingworth Lake, returning to base by way of England’s longest continuous downhill road.

The East & West Coasts 600 bears marked similarities to the original 3 Coasts but misses out on some of the more interesting bits and also the third coast.

The start and finish will be at our customary event HQ at Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, on Caldene Avenue, Mytholmroyd, just off the A646 and approximately 1 mile from Hebden Bridge, which has a large car park and is also easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains stop hourly at Mytholmroyd from both Leeds and Manchester, and more frequently at Hebden Bridge).

For those wanting to arrive at the HQ on Friday night, floor space for sleeping will be available, with a continental-style breakfast provided early on Saturday before the start as part of the catering package. Food will be available at the HQ before and during the event, and immediately afterwards, on a “one charge – all you can eat” basis, in addition to the commercially operated controls at which riders will call en route. Details will be sent out with acknowledged entries.

It will be possible for riders to sleep at the HQ on the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. It will help us if you are able to bring a sleeping bag and mat with you.

There is also a Youth Hostel (01706 812340) at Mankinholes, approximately 5 miles away. The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.

Route Sheet and GPX file

The Three Coasts 600 Route Sheet DOC

Photos from Previous Events

2007 Photos online

2006 Photos online

2005 Photos online

2004 Photos online

2003 Photos online

Jun
21
Sun
2015
The Good Companions 200 @ Mytholmroyd Community Centre
Jun 21 @ 9:30 am

By Tejvan Pettinger http://www.flickr.com/photos/tejvan/8062710453

605km cycling event starting from Mytholmroyd, W. of Halifax. Controls at Castleford, Pocklington, Bridlington, Malton, Castleford, Mytholmroyd, Fulwood, Glasson Dock and Whalley, plus 5 information controls

This event forms part of the CTC West Yorkshire DA Events Programme and is registered with the District Associations Tourist Competition. The 202 km course has to be completed within 13 hours 30 minutes. There is an entry fee of £5.00

Starting at Mytholmroyd the event follows most of the second part of the 3 Coasts 600, going out to the second coast (the West) at Glasson Dock, and then to the third coast, situated at the “weighvers’ seaport” of Hollingworth Lake, returning to base by way of England’s longest continuous downhill road.

The event HQ at Mytholmroyd Sports and Community Centre, on Caldene Avenue, just off the A646 and approximately 1 mile from Hebden Bridge, has a large car park and is also easily accessible by rail (cycle-carrying trains stop hourly at Mytholmroyd from both Leeds and Manchester, and more frequently at Hebden Bridge).

Unusually for a 200, for those wanting to arrive at the HQ on Saturday night, the HQ will be open from approximately 7:00 pm and hopefully floor space for sleeping will be available. A continental-style breakfast will be available early on Sunday before the start. B&B charge is £5.00, and food and sleeping facilities will also be available at the HQ after the event on Sunday evening. It would be appreciated if anybody wanting to make use of these facilities would let me know.

There is also a Youth Hostel (01706 812340) at Mankinholes, approximately 5 miles away. The Tourist Information Offices in Halifax (01422 368725) and Hebden Bridge (01422 843831) may be able to provide details of more up-market accommodation in the area.

Route Sheet and GPX file