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Long Distance cycling at Jodrell Bank
Let this short trip from Poynton to Holmes Chapel be your introduction to Audax riding. Using quiet Cheshire lanes, it passes the iconic landmarks of Jodrell Bank radio telescope, and Sarah Storey's golden pillar box.
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Total Distance:65km    
Climbing:AAA points: 0    Total ascent: 510m      Max elevation: 182m
Route Details:
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elem Perm map
Start/finish:Poynton (south east of Stockport).

Alternative starts (if you can get a timed receipt, carpark ticket or bank ATM slip to authenticate your start and finish times):  
Controls:* 33km: Holmes Chapel
* 66km: Poynton

* indicates controls available 24 hours
Some Useful Cafes:  33km: Holmes Chapel, Cobbles Tea Room, Costa Coffee
  40km: Jodrell, Jodrell Bank Visitor Centre
  66km: Poynton, Costa Coffee
Timings:2 hours 10 mins (30 kph) - 5 hours 12 mins (12.5kph )
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Entry Fee:£3.50 for members of AUK or CTC    
£6.50 for nonmembers

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NB non-member's fee includes a £3.00 supplement for temporary membership of Audax UK valid for the duration of this particular event only and includes compulsory 3rd party insurance coverage. To join AUK visit AUK Membership Information

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Welcome to Long Distance Cycling with the Elementary 50.

It might only be a 50km ride but it could be the start to some truly Long Distance Cycling up to 100km, 200km, 600km; who knows how far you can go?
Goostrey Church, a regular<br>landmark on Peak Audax rides
Goostrey Church, a regular
landmark on Peak Audax rides

Even as 'just' a 50km ride, it offers a few hours pleasant dalliance in the Cheshire lanes, and will count towards the Brevet 250 award from Audax UK.

First a bit of a warning: this ride is from Poynton to Holmes Chapel and back, and while it can be completed in 53km, the ride itself is much more interesting than the straight out and back ride. 'Interesting' means more kilometres, so that becomes 64km. You can still do the straight out and back version if you prefer (for which you'll need a map to find your way).
An Olympic pillar box in Poynton
An Olympic pillar box in Poynton

The interesting bits include

- a 'golden' pillar box to commemorate the gold medal achieved by Sarah Storey in the 2012 Olympics in the 500m Time Trial (half a kilometre for goodness sake! This ride is more than 126 times that distance. To be fair, Sarah has no doubt ridden many thousands of kilometres in preparation for that event, so we shouldn't scoff.).

- a short bit of off-road cycling at the Hermitage just after Holmes Chapel, and another at Chelford.

- Jodrell Bank telescope (showing us at Audax UK what Long Distance truly is. To them, 100km is just a mere 0.3 light-milliseconds or thereabouts, but they have a decent cafe).

- lots of lovely Cheshire lanes and some delightful villages.
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