A 400 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Yorkshire Dales and back again – in a day!
Start: Burnley, Lancashire
Date: 28 April 2018
Start time: 06:00 am
The Aidensfield 400 is a 409 km cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), taking place on Saturday 28 April 2018, starting and finishing near the town of Burnley, Lancashire.
The event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part will have a maximum of 27-hours to complete the challenging 409 km route.
Start with an early morning ride through the Ribble Valley before continuing into the Yorkshire Dales. Then its onto the north Yorkshire Moors to Goathland – the capital of Heartbeat country! You’ll soon be climbing over Rosedale Chimney, before descending into the flatter lands of Humberside. The route returns to Burnley following A-roads suitable for both day and night-riding!
Overall, a wonderful days ride with some beautiful (and sometimes very hilly!!) scenery, passing through 2 national parks as well as other areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
START & CONTROL DETAILS
Event HQ is the Padiham Road Methodist Church, Brassey Street, Burnley. Free breakfast, typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice will be available at the start. Refreshments, typically sandwiches/cakes will be available at the finish. Parking is available on nearby Ightenhill Park Lane for the duration of the event.
Riders obtain proof of passage through a series of predetermined controls. Acceptable proof of passage requires independent evidence of time, date and control location. Acceptable forms include:
- A timed signature of a controller designated by the organiser
- A stamp, sticker or other distinct mark (inside the brevet card) provided by the event organiser and/or a controller
- A printed receipt, with time, date and control location (usually from a cash register or ATM)
- Other forms may be designated by the organiser, provided they are acceptable to AUK
Where a rider is unable to obtain proof of passage, an alternative form may be accepted at the organiser’s discretion.
The controls are at:
Fremington – 91 km (open 09:02 – 12:04)
Yarm – 139 km (open 10:36 – 15:12)
Goathland – 193 km (open 12:26 – 18:52)
Rosedale Abbey – 214 km (open 13:08 – 20:16)
Market Weighton – 279 km (open 15:18- 00:36)
Wetherby – 330 km (open 17:00 – 04:00)
GETTING TO THE START
Burnley is easily accessible by car, being just 3-miles from junction 8, M65 (click on the link below for start map).
The nearest mainline railway station is Burnley Manchester Road, about 2-miles from the event start. However, be aware there are no trains on the morning of the event. Travellers arriving by train are advised to arrive the night before and book some accommodation somewhere (see below for further details about this).
ACCOMMODATION BEFORE THE START
There are a few B & Bs in or around Padiham.
The nearest Travelodge is Burnley, located at junction 10, M65 (2-miles). http://www.travelodge.co.uk
The nearest Premier Inn is also in Burnley (5-miles). http://www.premierinn.com
The nearest Mercure hotels are Foxfields Country Hotel, Billington (7-miles) and The Dunkenhalgh Hotel near Clayton-le-Moors (5-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com
The nearest Holiday Inn’s are Burnley, jcn 10, M65 (2-miles) and Preston (19-miles). http://www.ichotels.com
The nearest IBIS is located at junction 1, M55, Preston north (21-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com
Full entry details on the AUK website calendar page. Click on the link below to enter:
Entry fee: £8.50. n.b. non AUK/CTC members will need to add £2 to include temporary membership for insurance purposes!
Entry fee includes:
- Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
- Breakfast before the start (typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc)
- Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches/cakes etc)
- Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Audax Club Parisien (ACP)
- Any photograph’s taken by the organiser/helpers during the event