The From Clee to Heaven Audax - Saturday
22nd July 2017
From Clee to heaven the beacon burns,
The shires have it seen plain,
From north and south the sign returns
And the beacons burns again
Extract from A E Housman's
'A Shropshire Lad', 1896
Start / Finish:
Belbroughton, near Kidderminster
2 - Rays Farm Tea Room twice
Average overall speed required:
13 - 25 kph
From Clee to Heaven is of similar length to our popular Sunrise
Express audax but is hillier. Don't let that put you off.
This route will provide a fantastic summer's day to remember.
Some minor changes have been made to the route to enhance
the views of Brown Clee and a new traverse down the Severn
Valley to Arley.
For Audax Altitude Award point collectors, From Clee to Heaven
has been awarded with 2AAA, which in layperson's language
means that the route contains approximately 2,000m of ascent.
- Traverses around the sides of Brown and
- A passage across Catherton Common
- Excellent views
- Rural country lanes
- A centrally positioned commercial control at Rays Farm
Tea Room, used twice on this figure of 8 route
- Food and drinks when you return to Belbroughton
Participants need to be aware that:
- The route is hilly and uses narrow lanes
- Some descents are technical in nature and require the
utmost care especially where lanes are narrow and with bends
- A few sections are steep but can walked. Cycles with triple
or compact gears are ideal.
- The lanes may also be a grubby if wet
- The majority of the route uses country lanes although
there are a few short sections of unavoidable main roads
- Like all audaxes, your ride is a 'private excursion'
and no rescue service is provided
- Riders need to traverse a ford after Rays Farm on the
return leg, but a nearby foot bridge is available
- Riders need to complete the route within an average speed
of 13kph and 25kph
We would like to thank Rays Farm Country Matters for supporting
the control on this event.
Final Route details will be e-mailed to entrants prior
to the event
2016 Joining instructions
2016 Route card (PDF) ~
2016 Route card (Word)
STAGE 1 ~ STAGE
2 ~ STAGE
3 (official) ~ STAGE
3 avoiding ford: recommended for tandems and recumbents
GPS are qwerky bits of kit and sometimes the GPX downloads
may interpret the files differently onto your machine. Also:
- Please note that you will need to monitor your distance
in order not to over-shoot any information control. Failure
to provide an answer to an information control question may
invalidate your audax attempt.
- View the route sheet to note any important hazard information.
Please note the GPS files have been generated with maximum
definition for profiling purposes. And as such probably has
too many track points for most GPS units, it is a relatively
simple task to reduce this to a number suitable for your unit.
First of all, save the file attached to your hard drive. And
once on the create route page, upload the file. Once uploaded,
click on the options box, and enter the number of points you
wish to reduce to. Then click reduce, you can then down load
this file to your hard drive and then to your GPS. The file
can be found via the Export function on RidewithGPS. If
you're going to utilise them, please use the files that best
suit your machine, and I leave you to make that decision.
I am not a GPS user, so I am afraid that I am unable to offer
any further advice.