I assume you still automatically qualify for a place if you've been an AUK member for X amounts of years?
The later stages of the last one (before having to abandon at Barnards Castle) is probably the worst time I've ever had on a bike. Part of me wants to do it next year just to have a go at completing it. Another part of me thinks of all the much more enjoyable rides I could do instead.
Despite having audaxed since 2010 I've never done LEL. I always think about it every time it comes round, and I've entered once or twice when there's been the option to cancel later. But I've always found there's been something else that had appealed more than a long UK ride.
I'm sure I've missed out to an extent as I'd know loads of people riding. One thing that puts me off is people emphasising how well-organised it is. Being a bit weird, I genuinely prefer X-rated stuff where they give you nothing much.
I expect I'll think about it again but not enter, and leave the place for someone who'd value it more highly
So far, I’ve done 3 x LEL and my partner, 4 x LEL. We are marginal on doing LEL again next year as the planned additional gratuitous climbing doesn’t hugely appeal.
Originally the LEL dates appeared to overlap HBKH, which made things easy. We enjoyed the previous HBKH and we are definitely going back to that one. Now I just have to decide whether to line up for another LEL between PBP Audax and HBKH next year.
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