Audax to be shown on BBC

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Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Philip Whiteman » Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:35 pm

Finally the Wait is over! The Snow Roads 300km Audax will be shown on 18 November at 1900 on BBC-2 Scotland. Plus SkyDigital 990; FreeSat & Virgin.
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby ugo.santalucia » Tue Nov 06, 2012 13:37 pm

I suppose it will be after 10 PM...
Some of these Audax guys in baggy lycra and low hanging nuts are for an adult public only... :lol:

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby caledonian1 » Tue Nov 06, 2012 22:36 pm

almost keen to do this next year....was out a couple of years ago and met some of them doing this (going over the Cabrach) couldnt believe it when they said where they were off to that day

Just looked at route......goes right past my folks hoose

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby bhoyjim » Wed Nov 07, 2012 08:17 am

Cracker of an event, done it twice now and going to make it a hatrick next year, which is almost sold out now.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby vorsprung » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:38 am

The next edition of this event is on the 25th of May 2013
300km cycling event starting from Kirriemuir. Controls at Banchory, Oyne, Dufftown and Braemar, plus 1 information control.

A classic route round the central highlands, featuring the mouthwatering attractions of the Cairn o Mount, the Cabrach, the Lecht, and Cairnwell, with 4800m of climbing fun.


Map here

Entry on the Audax UK website

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Philip Whiteman » Wed Nov 07, 2012 10:51 am

I had planned upon entering - within a few weeks of the event date. Instead, it was a rushed entry today!
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Philip Whiteman » Mon Nov 19, 2012 20:44 pm

Dougie did brilliantly - the furthest he had ridden in a day before was 120 miles so bumping that up to 180 miles, with all that climbing thrown in for good measure, was quite an achievement for him. He did it in 18.5 hours and despite having problems with his chain, his derrailleur and his guts, he coped magnificently.

Most interesting was the general camaraderie amongst these enthusiasts. Audax is often described to me as a cycling event for middle-aged men with beards and rickety old bikes with mudguards and lights, and while there may be an element of truth yet the Snow Roads event is exactly the kind of event I would want to take part in, an event where people looked out for each other and actually helped each other complete the course.

This excellent broadcast is available for another week. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... oad_Audax/
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Silly Old Hector » Mon Nov 19, 2012 22:50 pm

It was a great piece as part of BBC Scotland's Adventure Show.

As you state, Dougie did a fantastic job - most impressed. Slogging his way up the Lecht :shock:

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Drumlin » Tue Nov 20, 2012 07:18 am

Great to see Audax on the telly - well done Dougie !

Here's Cameron McNeish's take on it -
http://www.cameronmcneish.co.uk/2012/06/the-snow-roads/
I knew very little about audax events before this weekend and I was really, really impressed. Might even consider doing one myself in the future!
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Dabber » Tue Nov 20, 2012 08:01 am

A really good programme. One of our club members (a veteran of Paris - Brest - Paris) posted about it on the club website. I'm not sure if it encouraged me to try the odd audax or not but the whole cameraderie and ethos of the event was great. It's the first time I've seen Dougie but I thought he was terrific. A very heartwarming sort of programme.
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby vorsprung » Tue Nov 20, 2012 13:31 pm

I've seen the program now on iplayer

link to iplayer page

It makes me want to go and ride around the mountains north of edinburgh, they look fabulous

Next years Snow Roads audax seems to be sold out.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Philip Whiteman » Tue Nov 20, 2012 13:38 pm

vorsprung wrote:I've seen the program now on iplayer

link to iplayer page

It makes me want to go and ride around the mountains north of edinburgh, they look fabulous

Next years Snow Roads audax seems to be sold out.



Alas, it is. As I understand it, over 100 hardy and insane individuals managed to enter, me included. It is glorious country providing a storm is not blowing over The Lecht, which can be quite often. The Snow Roads also appears to successfully tackle these climbs from the hard side.

A good alternative which may also be nearer to home is John Hamilton's, Yr Elenydd starting in Shropshire and heading into mountainous Mid-Wales. His event can best be described as, "epic" and not dissimilar is scale to the Snow Roads.

http://www.audax-salop.talktalk.net/elenydd/

PS. I have been approached by a man from the BBC wishing to produce a private mini-film of the Kidderminster Killer.
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby dakkar » Wed Nov 21, 2012 20:51 pm

Great programme and a great event thanks all who stuck up the link to Iplayer.

Cheers.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby marcusjb » Wed Nov 21, 2012 21:52 pm

It was a great programme, showing the real beauty of that part of Scotland (some mighty big lumps there).

Can second philip's recommendation on Yr Elenydd - a fabulous ride with some great TLC at the controls and some cracking climbs. Certainly my favourite 300 that I have done so far.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Drumlin » Thu Nov 22, 2012 18:58 pm

Philip Whiteman wrote:PS. I have been approached by a man from the BBC wishing to produce a private mini-film of the Kidderminster Killer.


Good luck with that, I hope it doesn't generate quite as much controversy as the Snow Roads programme.
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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby dodgy » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:23 pm

Seems like the stereotypes are accurate after all.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Drumlin » Thu Nov 22, 2012 19:27 pm

That's not a stereotype, that's a legend !
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Postby IGH » Thu Nov 22, 2012 22:06 pm

Drumlin wrote:That's not a stereotype, that's a legend !


Hmm, yes. I'm not sure whether 'stereotype' can be applied to a man who's ridden fifty-two 24hr TTs and is a founder member of the Rough-stuff Fellowship.

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby caledonian1 » Thu Nov 22, 2012 23:19 pm

Drumlin wrote:
Philip Whiteman wrote:PS. I have been approached by a man from the BBC wishing to produce a private mini-film of the Kidderminster Killer.


Good luck with that, I hope it doesn't generate quite as much controversy as the Snow Roads programme.


I watched it last night and was wondering what controversy it caused?

I entered a couple of weeks ago and i think the programme was very good in giving an idea what it is all about. Much of the filming took place less than half a mile from where I grew up and I had to laugh when Dougie Vipond said he had no clue where he was when I could see my dads farm in the background. He did very well though and should be applauded for taking onsuch a challenge and finishing (for those from Ingerlundshire who don't know who Dougie Vipond is he is not only a former presenter of Sportscene but also the drummer in Deacon Blue)

I first learned of Snow Roads when I met some of them doing it a couple of years ago when going over the Cabrach...I was doing 104 miles then felt quite small when they said they were doing 186 that day.
I am also seriously considering Marmotte next year so the training for this will be good traing for that...if that makes sense

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Re: Audax to be shown on BBC

Postby Drumlin » Fri Nov 23, 2012 07:05 am

caledonian1 wrote:
Drumlin wrote:
Philip Whiteman wrote:PS. I have been approached by a man from the BBC wishing to produce a private mini-film of the Kidderminster Killer.


Good luck with that, I hope it doesn't generate quite as much controversy as the Snow Roads programme.


I watched it last night and was wondering what controversy it caused?



Certain prominent members of the AUK establishment down south are now attempting to wrest control of the programme and re-edit it for their own purposes. I believe that there's already a pirate version on You-tube. It's put the organiser in a very awkward position with the production company.
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