Pull yourself together and complete your Peak Audax Super Randonee by riding 'A Pair of Kirtons'. It is a 600 with everything; a climb over the Pennines, a crossing of the world's 11th longest bridge, some fabulously flat cycling in Lincolnshire, and marvellous 24 hour catering throughout. What it doesn't have is a
of Kirtons. The ride used to go through Kirton-in-Lindsey and Kirton-in-Holland but a route revision means that Lindsey is no longer featured.
The route has been revised for 2022, taking out some bits of road that had become rather busy since this ride was first set up. It now features a second suspension bridge at Horkstow, which is about 150 years older than it's more junior neighbour. We still start from Poynton (near Stockport), where we have a Church Hall available from the Friday evening, and we'll have some airbeds so you can be fresh and ready for the 6am start.
The Humber Bridge, a Lincolnshire landmark
Saddleworth Moor is the literal high-point at 493m with a long descent to Holmfirth, but with the major climing over with before the first 60kms, the the whole of Lincolnshire stretches before you with some inviting lanes. Be warned; there's nowhere to hide on the dead straight roads of Holland, so if it's windy you will have your work cut out. You are aiming for Boston, famous for its Stump, and (more importantly) a 24 hour McDonalds.
We have luxury accommodation (by Audax standards) awaiting you at Corby Glen, at about 350km. We anticipate riders arriving around midnight (give or take a couple of hours) and we'll have hot food and drinks for you. More importantly, we'll have the LEL airbeds , so you should be able to grab a few hours of shut-eye. Bring an eye-mask and ear-plugs! You will need to leave before 6am in order to reach the next control before it closes.
A tweak to the traditional route means that we now miss the busy roads at Donington. Instead we aim for Uttoxeter Services where you'll find a Burger King/Starbucks/Subsway. What more could you ask for at 460km? The Boston-Uttoxeter section of the route has been designed with over-night riding in mind; the navigation is easy and there are 24 hour services along the way. Just save something in the tank for the stretch after Uttoxeter. It's a bit hilly, and while you would hardly notice on a shorter ride, with 250 miles in your legs those short rises can certainly make themself felt.
Boston Stump, a prominent landmark in the Fens
Return to the start through Wem and Audlem.
There is no drop-bag facility, nor anywhere to leave stuff at the start/finish, so you need to carry everything with you.