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Dambusters audax 200km 16th May 2020

Starting at 8:00am on 16/05/20 from Werrington Village Hall, Stoke-on-Trent.

On the 77th anniversary of the Dambusters raids.

The village hall will be open from 7:30am and a light breakfast will be provided before the start.

The first section passes the 12th century ruins of Croxden Abbey then on to Rocester, the home of JCB. Pass the former Arkwright Mill, now the JCB academy, before making your way to the birthplace of Sir Barnes Wallis and the first control at Ripley.

Enjoy a second breakfast at Ripley 'Spoons' before heading for the Peaks and the second control at Hathersage. Climb out of Hathersage on Coggers Lane(one for the fixed wheel riders) and enjoy some great views of the Peak District including Stanage Edge before descending into the Derwent Valley.

Ride around the Derwent dams on traffic free cycle paths, these dams were used by 617 Squadron as bombing practice for 'Operation Chastise' which took place on May 16/17th 1943.

After the Dams you head out to the final control at Bakewell via a section of the Monsal Trail, an old railway track now converted to a cycle track.

Enjoy a 'chippy tea' in Bakewell before a return via Hartington, Warslow and Onecote.

About 15km of off road cycle path, mostly smooth hard packed trail but 2km is a bit rough, still fine on 25mm tyres though. A few hills but nothing crazily steep. Food provided at the finish. Large car park at Werrington Village Hall and only 4 miles from Stoke Railway station. All pictures below were taken while riding the route.

Enter event here: http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/20-617/

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