20 July 2019
Kidderminster Killer – 213km

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

This event is regarded as a classic in audax circles and for justifiable reasons. The Kidderminster Killer provides a challenging ride through scenic and rural countryside.  It often changes character from rolling pastoral landscape to the starker heather clad fells of the Long Mynd.  In places, some of the gradients are quite challenging but riders are soon rewarded with distant views.  Controls are located at Acton Scott Farm, Montgomery and Ludlow where good quality cafes can be used for replenishment.

 

Clee to Heaven – 123km

Distance
123km

Climbing
2000m

AAA points
2

Start/finish
Belbroughton, near Kidderminster

Controls
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.

 

Points to consider
  • Remember your lights. It is easy to underestimate your journey time on this route. Dusk is at 21:15.
  • The route uses a number of ‘rustic’ lanes that which may be covered by gravel.
  • Good brakes are a good idea for the steep descents when caution is required.
  • Audaxes don’t have rescue services or broom vehicles but there are some nearby rail stations near to the route in case you need to opt-out. Very few people ever need this facility.
  • Some climbs are graded at 20% for short sections. Compact or triple chainrings should suffice.
  • At the open controls of Montgomery and Ludlow, please collect a proof of passage such as a receipt. Alternatively, take a nice beaming selfie picture with something obviously local in the background.
  • To keep riders on route, there are three information control questions shown in your brevet card which you will need to answer, so you will need a pen.
  • 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 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.
Entering

Please be aware of the the following information if you’re interested in taking part:

  • Beacon audaxes often fill up before the closing date so please enter early.
  • It will NOT be possible to enter on the day.
  • The entry fee is £9.00. However, if you are not a member of Audax UK or the Cyclists’ Touring Club, an additional entry charge of £3.00 is made for day membership to AUK.
  • Please note AUK’s 3rd party insurance carries an excess of £500.

Joining details, a route sheet and further event details will be sent to you shortly before the event. Spare route sheets will be available at HQ on the day if required.

On successful completion of the ride you will be asked to sign your brevet card and if you wish you will be able to purchase an Audax UK medal or badge. Brevet cards will be validated on the day, so no need to wait for them to be returned by post.

If entering by post, there is no need to include an SAE providing you supply an e-mail address.