21 July 2018
Kidderminster Killer – 211km

Distance
211km

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.

The 2016 route was revised to include a traverse around the side of Clee Hills and over Clowes Top, meaning fewer busy roads. The overall amount of ascent remains the same.

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.

We would like to thank Rays Farm Country Matters for supporting the control on this event.

Points to consider
  • Remember your lights. It is easy to underestimate your journey time on this route. Dusk is at 9:15pm
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Riders need to traverse a ford after Rays Farm on the return leg, but a nearby foot bridge is available.
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 £2.00 is made for day membership to AUK.
  • Please note AUK’s 3rd party insurance carries an excess of £500.
  • For internet entries there is an additional £1.00 charge to cover credit card processing fees and the cost of returning your brevet card to you following validation.

Your entry number, 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.

Postal entrants should enclose one SAE with correct postage.