Things to do in 2022: No 1 Grimpeurs Du Sud …. one for the climbers

This is the first of an occasional series of articles focused on ideas, targets, plans and aspirations for your 2022 Cycling Season. Some will be events and some will be challenges. We start with a local challenge, one that can be done with rides starting from home and includes a prestigious award to aim for, the Grimpeur Du Sud for those of you who like a few uphill inclines. Although linked to Audaxing, you may achieve it by entering Audaxes that include AAA points (Audax Altitude Award) without being a member of Audax UK. If you are a member of Audax UK you can do DIY rides and we have created some local rides (below) that you may use. See below. The award is based on calendar year rides. Why not target the award in 2022?

Join the select group of riders who have completed Southern Britain’s prestigious cycling award…..

The award is available to anybody who completes 5 rides of 100km or over eligible for AAA points starting in the counties of Essex, Herts, Bucks, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Greater London within the same calendar year (from 1st Jan to 31st Dec; not the AUK calendar year)

AUK membership is not required.

FIND OUT MORE AT THE OFFICIAL SITE OF GRIMPEURS DU SUD

We at West London Cycling have created some qualifying local rides just for you…… get in!

We have a series of DIY Audax routes designed to enable local riders to score AAA  points (Audax Altitude Award) in the Chiltern Hills. These rides can count towards Audax UK’s AAA awards and, with the exception of the Chilternham Holtspur, the Grimpeur de Sud award.

To view the route and download a GPX file of any route, click on its name.

Chiltern Churner 220km – 3.00 AAA points

Starting in Ruislip, this ride zig zags to capture the climbs. The worst of the climbing is over by around 160kms and the route reaches out to Berkhamsted, Stokenchurch, Wycombe, Amersham, Beaconsfield and Maidenhead. So you are never too far from home if you need to return!

Parking at car park in Linden Avenue near Ruislip Manor Tube Station (Free on Sundays and Bank Holidays)

Registered with Paul Stewart (SE Audax DIY Organiser). No: Brevet DIYSE6171 (quote when entering).

Chiltern Hillturns 225km – 2.25 AAA

Starting in Ruislip, this route packs the hills in to the first 145km and you can enjoy a flat-ish return. Going up to Tring in the north and Ascot in the south the AAA points are scored in the earlier section of the ride.

Parking at car park in Linden Avenue near Ruislip Manor Tube Station (Free on Sundays and Bank Holidays)

Registered with Paul Stewart (SE Audax DIY Organiser). No: Brevet DIYSE5029 (quote when entering).

Cheeky Chilterner 120km – 1.75 AAA points

Starting in Ruislip and finishing a couple of miles away in Ickenham this is climb after climb all the way through. A testing ride that is never further from the start than Marlow and can be done in the winter within daylight hours.

Parking at Ruislip Lido (Free)

Registered with Paul Stewart (SE Audax DIY Organiser). No: Brevet DIYSE5028 (quote when entering).

Chiltern Chillout 145km – 2.25 AAA points

Starting in Ruislip, this route shares some roads with the Chiltern Churner but is shorter for those shorter days.

Parking at  St.Martin’s Approach Car Park (Free on Sundays)

Registered with Paul Stewart (SE Audax DIY Organiser). No: Brevet DIYSE4640 (quote when entering).

Chilternham Holtspur – 61km – 1 AAA point (Does not count towards Grimpeur du Sud as under 100km)

Starting in Holtspur (near Beaconsfield) this ride doesn’t score many points (no football jokes please) but it can be done in a morning or afternoon. Skirting Wycombe, this ride brushes Hughenden and Chesham.

Street Parking in Heath Road

Registered with Paul Stewart (SE Audax DIY Organiser). No: Brevet DIYSE5032 (quote when entering).

Entering DIY audaxes

To enter a DIY, see: http://www.aukweb.net/diy/enter/