The Falling Leaves is an annual road event run by Winchcombe CC. Created by Brian Hayward over 20 years ago, it was called the Falling Leaves as a nod to the monument one day classic cycling race in Italy – Il Lombardia (The Tour of Lombardy) which is also known as the Race of The Falling Leaves. Now in its third decade it offers a great day out in the best of the Cotswolds lanes in the best of the autumn colours. Winchcombe CC wish to provide road cyclists with memorable ride on a route that that follows the quietest of roads and passes through fantastic scenery and hidden villages.
The event is run on Audax rules. Riders finishing will qualify for Audax points. For those new to Audax riding all the information is provide on the Audax UK website.
This year the Falling Leaves event is 102 km and incorporates 1660 m of climbing which qualifies for 1.75 AAA points (Audax Altitude Award). It is classed as a Brevet Populaire and a Bronze Grimpeur
This is a ride that is popular with Audax regulars collecting points over the season. It is also ideal for riders who are new to these events and want to try out the format. The cost of the ride is £8 and you can join Audax UK for just a couple of pounds.
Audax rides are unsupported and routes are not signposted. All controls must be visited and the route must be completed between the minimum and maximum times, which correspond to an average of between 12-25 km/h. A route sheet is provided but navigation is all down to the rider.
The Falling Leaves also attracts riders from across the region wanting to test their fitness on a challenging, lumpy circuit. We also welcome groups from many different cycle clubs who choose to ride the event with friends, as replacement for their regular weekend ride, as the summer season of good weather and light evenings closes.
This year we will be starting and finishing at the Winchcombe Scout Hut, giving people access to toilets and a warm drink before the ride and the famous ‘Feuilles Tombantes soupe-du-jour’ at the end. Refreshments and a comfort stop will also be available at one of the controls on the route.
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday 6th October
The Falling Leaves Team