1 October 2022
Hopton Castle, The Marches

Distance
207km

Climbing
2000 m

AAA points
0

Controls

  • Tenbury Wells
  • Bishop’s Castle
  • Ironbridge World Heritage Site
  • Plus three information controls

If you have not guessed already, this route goes to South Shropshire.

No expensive fees, no headline sponsors, no goodie bags, no numbers, no gold standard times, no broom wagons and no pretending at the finish to have looked into the jaws of hell and survived.

South Salopian is cycling at its best. It’s about a good distance in a day, riding at a sensible pace with good company, travelling through quiet and pleasant countryside in the orange glow of an autumn day before winter arrives.

Soak in the autumnal colours of South Shropshire and The Marches. The ‘free-controls’ are located in three cafe rich and cake laden market-towns with plenty of opportunities to share a coffee with fellow audaxers.

Dusk will be at 18:30 and it is always a great idea to carry lights just in case of delay.

General Information

Registration and ride finishing times
Opens at 07:15 for the 08:00 departure. Riders must complete the event between 14:50 and 22:00.

HQ
Belbroughton Recreation Centre, DY9 9TG. Showers, changing facilities, grumpy controllers and toilets are available at the HQ.

The Recreation Centre is located at the end of a short private lane and signposted as ‘Recreation Centre’ on Hartle Lane (B4188) in Belbroughton.

Food and refreshments
Breakfast: Drinks, bananas, toast and biscuits will be available before setting off on your journey. Porridge pots will also be available to purchase. Cooked food will be available at the finish, probably a veggie chilli or curry.

Parking
There is free parking cars behind the Recreation Centre, subject to availability.

Overnight accommodation
Nearby accommodation includes:
– Clent Hills Campsite (recommended)
– Travelodges at Bromsgrove, Halesowen & Kidderminster
– Premier Inns at Hagley, Bromsgrove and Birmingham South

Event surplus
Audax events are not-for-profit and should be run at cost. However, any surplus produced will be donated to a local charity.