Audax UK National 400
The National 400 was originally devised by the Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC) in 1983 and was organised by them until 2005. Audax UK revived this popular event in 2012. The National 400 is intended as a gentler introduction to the longer distances with evenly spaced controls, usually manned by volunteers, providing food and drink. There is also normally one or more controls where there have been some sleeping arrangements made if you want a few hours sleep. The route is also designed to be relatively simple to navigate and not be of a too demanding nature.
The National 400 2017
08:00 Sat 24th June 2017, from Upton Magna, nr Shrewsbury
This year’s National 400 is heading westwards, to mid Wales and the Marches on Saturday 24th June (a little earlier than usual due to London-Edinburgh-London at the end of July).
The event will run from the village hall in Upton Magna, just outside Shrewsbury, with camping facilities available for the weekend.
The route has been chosen to minimise gratuitous climbing (there’s a 100km section in Wales which is just about hilly enough to get a few AAA points but the rest is generally flat to undulating) whilst still showing off some of the best of the area.
The route takes the form of a big triangle roughly based on Shrewsbury, Hereford and Aberystwyth, with highlights including a visit to the historic Ironbridge gorge, Shropshire’s “blue remembered hills” and the Wye valley through Herefordshire before crossing the Cambrian mountains via the Elan reservoirs to the coast at Aberystwyth. The return over Plynlimon back to the Severn valley uses quiet A roads overnight for easy navigation (and being held at the end of June you’ll get maximum daylight).
As usual for the National 400, tlc is guaranteed with village hall controls being run by experienced AUKs, and all food is included in the entry fee.
If you're not able to ride instead there is the opportunity to help out as a volunteer. Help is needed at the start, finish and any of the control locations. If you're able to help, please get in touch with the organiser John Hamilton
Entries open on 1st March – full details on the AUK website