Kidderminster Killer Audax - Saturday 25th July 2015
Start / Finish:
Belbroughton, near Kidderminster
-Acton Scott Farm Tea Room -Montgomery (open control
with cafes available)
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.
- 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
- Traverses around the sides of Ragleth and Corndon Hills
- Food and drink once you have returned back at GHQ Belbroughton
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
- 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
- Remember a pen for writing down answers to the information