The Big Bad Beacon Kidderminster Killer is Back for 2022

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The Big Bad Beacon Kidderminster Killer is Back for 2022

Post by Philip Whiteman » 03 May 2022 10:16



SATURDAY 23 JULY

The Kidderminster Killer Audax is one heck of a ride, crossing the massifs of Shropshire over 215km. Climbs, scenery, exhaustion and reward come in equal measure for all of the 120 riders. It is not a route to be taken lightly but you won't regret it. There may even be WI cake on the way too!

http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/kidderminster-killer/

The route follows rustic and challenging lanes for the most part, along some passages across some epic hills such as the Clees, Long Mynd, Stiperstones, Fiddler's Elbow and Mortimer's Forest.

Control points are located at:
  • Belbroughton Start and Finish
  • Church Stretton
  • Montgomery Information Control
  • Chapel Lawn Village Hall for WI Cakes
  • Ludlow


ENTRY PAGE: https://www.audax.uk/event-details?eventId=9313



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Post by Philip Whiteman » 22 Jun 2022 16:39

THE BEACON RCC'S KIDDERMINSTER KILLER 215KM AUDAX - 23rd JULY

It is one month until the spectacularly challenging 215km audax romp over the every hill between Belbroughton and The Welsh Marches. But fear not, the WI will be providing some wonderful refreshments part way at the local WI. Showers and food will also be available at GHQ Belbroughton.

The Kidderminster Killer is very rewarding in terms of scenery and sense of achievement but expect a tiring day. The route uses many rustic country lanes or in simple English, lanes with grass down the middle.

Famous hills include Brown Clee, Wenlock Edge, The Long Mynd and Stiperstones plus the lesser known but even often more gruelling Fiddler's Elbow, The Cwm, Mortimer's Forest and Sheepwalks. After Ludlow you skirt Clee Hill before a final attack on Clows Top just to completely finish you off. So enjoy the cruise back on the homeward stretch. Flat sections are not promised but what goes up, must come down.

For audax fans, e-brevet will be available too.

We hope you are thinking of entering but it is a good idea to already have 200km rides under your belt as a good degree of stamina is required.

Details and entry at: http://beaconrcc.org.uk/audaxes/kidderminster-killer/


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Post by Philip Whiteman » 06 Jul 2022 09:06

Entries to the Kidderminster Killer will be closing in a week's time. Once the system is closed down, no further entries will be accepted.

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 19 Jul 2022 18:35

Saturday the 23rd of July is nearly upon and several brave souls will be riding The Kidderminster Killer. With temperatures set to max at 25C it will be a warm day but perceptively cold compared with early this week. They will join 120 other entrants on this arduous event.

COLSON Helen
LOWE Ben
MCGOVERN Carina
WALTON Karl
HUTCHESON Luke
STANFORD Michael
LYNCH Neil
RICHARDS Phil
WHITE Simon

Wish them all the best. They will need it.

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Post by neilo » 19 Jul 2022 22:14

I've had a message off Isaac Hinchcliffe, he used to ride with Beacon last year, he's riding the Killer and wants to know if there was a small group he could ride with?
He used to do A and B rides so if anyone fancies some company could you text me on 07786 033 243 and I'll put you in touch.

Cheers.

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 20 Jul 2022 10:55

Audaxes are fairly organic and I am sure he will find plenty of people to tag along with, even if they are not Beacon riders. It's unusual not to find somebody to ride with unless you are riding hell for leather.

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 20 Jul 2022 11:33

Audaxes are 'not-for-profit' events but may produce a surplus. In the event of a surplus from the Kidderminster Killer, a donation will be made to The Basement Project, an independent local charity that helps young people under 25 with any issues or problems they are experiencing.

https://bromsgrovebasementproject.org.uk/

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Post by neilo » 20 Jul 2022 13:40

Philip Whiteman wrote:
20 Jul 2022 10:55
Audaxes are fairly organic and I am sure he will find plenty of people to tag along with, even if they are not Beacon riders. It's unusual not to find somebody to ride with unless you are riding hell for leather.
Cheers Phil.

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Post by Philip Whiteman » 24 Jul 2022 10:22

WELL DONE TO THOSE THAT COMPLETED AND COMMISSERATIONS TO THOSE THAT DID NOT FINISH

UPCOMING AUDAXES


• 1st October. THE SOUTH SALOPIAN. 210km. Not as hard as the KK and on better but roads. Belbroughton – Tenbury – nr Presteigne – Bishop’s Castle – over the Long Mynd the easiest way – Ironbridge – Belbroughton. Hot food at the finish. Host Club: Beacon RCC

• 12th November. SALINAE AND COTSWOLDS. 213km. Autumnal colours in the Cotswolds. Easy first and final thirds with a lumpy middle. Droitwich Lido – Tewkesbury – Witney – Shipston – Droitwich. Café start (hopefully) and light catering at a hall finish. Host: Droitwich Cycling Club

THE KIDDERMINSTER KILLER 2022

Yesterday saw old faces and new, including quite a number who were riding the Beacon RCC’s Kidderminster Killer as their very first audax. Nothing like going in at the deep end. Fortunately, most audaxes are not so challenging. If you managed to take images or would like to write an account of the event, please feel free to add something to our Facebook Group.

Chapel Lawn WI surpassed themselves again and provided a sanctuary for riders seeking to regain a sense of consciousness before the remaining, not so bad, onslaught back to Belbroughton.

Heavy rainstorms on Friday brought down a considerable volume detritus onto the roads in The Marches resulting in many the rustic lanes becoming more rustic than normal. Part of the challenge of the Kidderminster Killer is the awkward nature of the route but I suspect that the addition of storm damage was unwanted.

Our lantern rouge riders returned to Belbroughton to find Simon Woodward and myself rummaging through rubbish bins at the back of hall trying to locate the starter and finishers list, which I had stupidly thrown a way as an act of incompetency. Fortunately, the list was located, and the lantern rouge riders were suitably bribed with two bottles of Woodcote Ale.

Andrew Tomlinson is the winner of the Kidderminster Killer Livestock Award, having marshalled an aggravated bullock loose on the road, back into an adjoining field with its herd. This avoided later audaxers having to experience and angry young bull.

Who says good Samaritans no longer exist? Riders spotted Paula, who experienced a nasty fall at the furthest point on the route. A postal worker kindly rescued Paula initially and then a local resident, drove her back to the start. I am pleased to say that Paul returned home safely albeit bruised, cut, and battered. Meanwhile, on the side of Clee Hill, Simon was very unwell and was rescued by a passing Radio 4 journalist and broadcaster, who also drove him back to Belbroughton.

The finisher’s list will be completed in coming days and loaded to the Audax UK Results page. If you were using E Brevet and forget to register with me at the finish line, please make sure that you enter the App’s settings and press upload. Equally, if you were experiencing problems with proofs-of-passage and offered to send a GPX track in lieu then please do so ASAP.

We had seventy-eight starters out 120 entries and I have not yet counted the number of validated completers, but this year did see an unusually high number of DNFs, down to exhaustion, out-of-time, sickness, and mechanicals.

Spare a thought for Mick Stanford, who set off on a ‘helper’s ride’ at 3.45am to be on duty at Belbroughton later that evening. Thanks also go to Noel, Mariana, Andy, Paul, and Simon who provided invaluable support in the kitchen or marshalling.

LOST PROPERTY:

• One black helmet found by a local resident on the main road in Belbroughton. It fell off the roof of a departing vehicle. Available for collection from Drayton near Belbroughton or can be posted.

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Re: The Big Bad Beacon Kidderminster Killer is Back for 2022

Post by George » 24 Jul 2022 16:18

Congratulations to everyone who completed the ride, and huge thanks to Phil and all his helpers for making it happen.

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