This is an Audax Style event, there are no signs or support vehicles and to prove passage, you have to complete a Brevet Card. You navigate via the GPX file we will send entrants and then, en-route, call in at the café and get your card stamped at the main controls (Pitstone Memorial Hall café on the 200km and 100km routes and Blackwell’s in Chipperfield on the 70km route) and also answer some simple questions posed on the route, typically things like the distance on a signpost at a junction. They are simple and just prove you’ve been there. They also add to the fun too! When you arrive back at Ruislip with your completed Brevet Card, we’ll give you your Finisher’s Roundel.
There will be tea, coffee, cordial and cakes at the start and finish. We have highlighted places where you can buy food and water en-route on your Brevet Card. We would encourage you to buy something at the café controls if possible as they are letting us use their venues for free. Please make sure you are aware of the places to refill water bottles (highlighted in your Brevet Card for convenience), we have spent a lot of time finding some beautiful country roads to ride, but the trade off is that there are stretches without shops.
Brevet Cards and free Reflective Frame Stickers will be collectable at the start venue.
St.Martin’s Church in Ruislip is at the North End of Ruislip High Street / the start of Eastcote Road HA4 8DG. The main entrance is on Eastcote Road with parking opposite in the free car park in St.Martin’s Approach or Street Parking. There is also an entrance by the roundabout where the two roads meet, opposite Café Rouge. The Church is actually hidden by buildings so is not particularly visible when approaching. Once beyond the buildings you will find yourself in a quiet Churchyard and the hall is behind the church.
On entering the hall you will be able to enjoy refreshments and pick up your Brevet Card.
Ruislip his quite easily accessible, particularly from the A40 at the Polish War Memorial Junction, Hillingdon Circus or Swakeleys Roundabout. There are some HS2 works on all three approaches but we suspect any delays would be minimal early in the day on a Bank Holiday.
From Central London take the A40 to the Ruislip turn off at the Polish War Memorial, turn right on the roundabout (3rd exit) into West End Road A4180. After a while, just after Ruislip Rugby Club you’ll reach a mini roundabout, take the right hand fork and go straight oner the lights after the railway bridge. Continue through Ruislip High Street until the mini roundabout at the end and turn right. Parking in St.Martins Approach car park is immediately on the first left turn and the church is on the right.
From the M1, M3, M4, M40 and M25. If you are on the M25 take the junction for the M40 towards Central London and Uxbridge (Junction 16) and if you are on the M40 continue towards Central London. The M40 then becomes the A40 and any of the next three exits can be used. We recommend the third one, Polish War Memorial which is immediately after Northolt Airport. You will know when you are at the airport as the streetlamps are shorter so that planes don’t snag them. Take the slip road and take the first exit, left, at the roundabout into West End Road A4180. After a while, just after Ruislip Rugby Club you’ll reach a mini roundabout, take the right hand fork and go straight oner the lights after the railway bridge. Continue through Ruislip High Street until the mini roundabout at the end and turn right. Parking in St.Martins Approach car park is immediately on the first left turn and the church is on the right.
As we say, you can use the previous two A40 exits via Ickenham and if you are coming from the north the M25 exit at Rickmansworth is also an option, through Rickmanswoth and Mount Vernon Hospital in Northwood arriving in Ruislip at Duck’s Hill Road.
Ruislip is served by The Chiltern Line from High Wycombe or London Marylebone as well as the Metropolitan, Piccadilly and Central Lines on the London Underground. You may take your bike on any part of the Metropolitan Line but can only take them from Barons Court outwards on the Piccadilly Line or White City outwards on the Central Line. Other lines through central London that allow bikes are the Overground, Elizabeth Line, District Line, Hammersmith and City Line and Central Line.