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“You can keep your nice, your leisurely and your convenience”  Mike Hall 2016 (The Bugle by Brooks England)

In the days following the sudden death of Mike Hall, some of Mike’s friends in the UK Audax community felt the need to plan a group ride that encapsulated his spirt. Driven by the challenge of self-supported adventure, Mike often rode 400km days on his bikepacking races, was keen to incorporate a bit of gravel into his Welsh road training rides and was certainly not shy of hills. We wanted to capture the essence of his article ‘This is not a tour’ in an Audax format.

Having talked it over, and ideas shared with Mike’s close family and friends, a plan was hatched for a 2018 Audax UK calendar event. The result was a challenging 400km mixed surface route with some of the steepest 7500 meters of ascent you’ll ride in Wales. We felt that Mike would approve.

The recce proved challenging but very rewarding, both in terms of terrain covered and the planning of supplies after night fall. However, it also highlighted the need for some alternative routes to ensure a wider cross section of cyclists could join in remembering him.

So, a weekend of additional 100km, 200km, 300km and a 600km ride were planned to run alongside that 400km ride. These were not normal Audax events and were certainly not sportives. They were not-for-profit! They offered something not often found on the AUK calendar, or any calendar. They all embraced the spirit of Mike and were challenging in their own right. 

These rides demanded commitment to make the time allowances. And whilst they were not races, we encouraged spirited riding.

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