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The Kidderminster Killer Audax - Saturday 25th July 2015

Distance:

213km

Climbing:

3750m

AAA Points:

3.75

Start / Finish:

Belbroughton, near Kidderminster

Controls:

-Acton Scott Farm Tea Room -Montgomery (open control with cafes available)
-Ludlow

Average overall speed required:

14.3 - 30kph

The Kidderminster Killer is ostensibly a hilly route and flat sections are rare, hence it is a killer of a route to ride. The 2013 route has been refreshed in places to avoid a ford crossing and some unnecessarily slow sections. After the sharp climb from the River Severn at Arley, riders gradually climb until they reach the lower slopes of Brown Clee. This is followed by a sharp descent soon followed by the first of the Stretton Hill climbs, Wenlock Edge. The first 'nasty' is the tough, steep and relentless climb up The Burway onto the Long Mynd, soon followed by the push towards the Stiperstones. After leaving the picturesque market town of Montgomery the going gets tough again with a long climb over the Kerry Ridgeway followed by a horrible beast known as the 'Fiddlers Elbow' after Clun. This leaves just one more climb before Ludlow through Mortimer's Forest - which rewards riders with a wonderful sweeping descent into the town accompanied by panoramic views of South Shropshire. The final stage shadows the River Theme until you reach Stourport, after which it is a few easy miles back to Headquarters for food and drink.

We would like to thank our friends at Kidderminster CTC, the original inspiration and previous organisers of this classic and historic audax event.

Highlights include:

  • The River Severn crossing at Arley
  • Wenlock Edge - the inspiration to poet A E Housman
  • Stunning views from the Stretton Hills and beyond
  • Excellent commercial cafe controls at Acton Scott Farm Museum (TV's 'The Victorian Farm'); Montgomery; and Ludlow
  • Crossings of the heather clad hills of the Long Mynd and Stiperstones
  • Traverses around the sides of Ragleth and Corndon Hills
  • Food and drink once you have returned back at GHQ Belbroughton

    2013 Event Video

Things to be aware of:

  • Remember your lights. It is easy to underestimate your journey time on this route. Dusk is at 8.25pm.
  • The route uses a number of narrow lanes that may be covered by gravel.
  • Ensure that your brake blocks have plenty of tread. Some sections require extreme caution on descents.
  • There is no rescue back-up but there are a number of rail stations near the route in case you need to opt-out.
  • Some climbs are graded at 20% for short sections. Compact or triple chainrings should suffice.
  • Not all of the control points are staffed but provision for obtaining Brevet Cards, ATM or till receipts will be available.
  • Remember a pen for writing down answers to the information control questions.

Downloads (2014 versions)

Summary

The HQ

Kidderminster Killer

How to Enter

From Clee to Heaven

 

 

 

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