The Jetsetter – 2019

audax posterWhat is it?

Taking place on the 25th of May 2019, The Jetsetter is a 212 Kilometre (131 mile) Cycling Event starting and finishing in Potters Bar Hertfordshire.

The ride is run under Audax UK (AUK) regulations.  For more information check the Audax UK website

If you are considering The Jetsetter as your first Audax, you’ll find this PDF very helpful

How do I enter?

You can sign up to the event via the AUK website.  You will need a PayPal account as entries are online only.  You do not have to be an AUK member to enter however, surcharge of £3 will be required to provide temporary membership for the duration of the event.

Where does it go?

The final route may vary slightly but it will largely follow the following: click here

The Controls are:

  • Potters Bar – Start
  • Luton Airport Runway Service Road – 30KM
  • Old Warden Aerodrome – 60KM
  • Shepreth – 94KM
  • Little Sampford – 130KM
  • Hatfield Heath – 158KM
  • Dane End – 183KM
  • Potters Bar – Finish 209KM

Snaking its way north through the Hertfordshire countryside , the first stop comes 30KM from HQ. This service road right next to Luton Airport Runway is very popular with plane spotters, try not to crowd anyone!  Get your card stamped from grumpy Simon.

From here you are on the North-Eastern edge of the Chiltern Hills, you may have to duck from low flying jets.  Soon you’ll be in the beautiful Barton Hills and the county of Bedfordshire.  The terrain rolls to the next control at Old Warden Aerodrome.  A good wide selection of hot and cold food will be available.  Someone will be there to provide your second stamp

Now the route starts heading East.  You’ll go through the town of Biggleswade (town centre can be busy at weekends) and into the flatter landscape of Cambridgeshire.  The next control at Shepreth comes just after the level crossing. The little tea room Tea Cake is a cosy place and as well as tea and cake, also serves light meals and sandwiches.  If you feel like a short stop then you can just get your card stamped at the counter.

Heading South-East into Essex,  through the historic market town of Saffron Walden and onto the first Information Control.  The question will be on the green triangle at 131KM. After riding through Thaxted,  you’ll start to be right under flight path of Stansted Airport.  At this point you’re heading South-West and you now really are making your way back.  The last commercial control comes in Hatfield Heath, obtain a receipt from the Co-Op at 158KM

Heading West across Essex via two Fords.  The first has an optional bridge, the second you must walk across the bridge.  Soon you’ll be back in Hertfordshire.  The last control is an information control in Dane End at 182KM

The last 25KM are some of the hardest so it’s important to make sure you aren’t out of supplies if you need them.  Make sure you have something left in the tank!  The final 10KM take on the hills locally known as the “Three Sisters”.   The climbs up to Newgate Street, Carbone Hill and finally Vineyards Road are infamous amongst local cycling clubs.  Just remember you’ll be riding them at the end of a 200KM ride, there’s no shame in taking your time.

Once at the top of the hill in Northaw,  you can relax.  Just short spin back to the HQ where we will have refreshments and praise (and cake) in abundance

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