12 July 2020
Kidderminster Killer – 215km

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.

 

From Clee to Heaven – 125km

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.

 

THE BEACON BURNS - 150km

A new exciting but hard route for 2020!

Distance: 150km

Audax Altitude Award Points: 3

Climbing Approx: 3,000m

Start/finish: Belbroughton, near Kidderminster

Controls: Bromyard & Rays Farm

Average overall speed required: 14.3–30kph

A great ride for people who enjoy love ridiculous climbs, providing a sense of achievement and some stunning views. Two of the climbs are very testing indeed and great if you have legs made of iron.  Wynniattes Way is Worcestershire’s steepest public road whilst ‘The Incline’ is a kilometre of 20% up the side of Shropshire’s highest hill, Abdon Burf on Brown Clee at an altitude of 540m. There is also curious landscape direct from the Dr Who episode of the Planet Zarg (sic), otherwise known as Titterstone Clee and its iconic golf ball domes on the summit.   Riders descending  ‘The Incline’ must descend on foot on lower sections due the unrelenting gradient and greasy nature of the road at the bottom. The field for this event is limited to 35 riders.  It is also an early start at 7.30am.

GENERAL STUFF
  • Lanes are often ‘rustic’ with grass down the middle, making these rides even more interesting.
  • Steep descents require good brakes.
  • Audaxes are run on limited resources, so we cannot provide a back-up rescue service but we provide details on the nearest rail station for your journey home.
    Some climbs are graded at 20% and low gears are a great advantage.
  • At some controls, you will need to collect a proof of passage such as a receipt. Alternatively, take a nice beaming selfie picture with something obviously local in the background.
  • At the start of the ride you’ll be given a brevet card which will include Information Control questions. You will need to answer those questions during journey to demonstrate proof-of-passage.
  • Bring a pen.
  • The nature of these routes are up-and-down at frequent intervals and can be very testing and steep. Take care on those descents and don’t ride like a person possessed. The route is hilly and uses narrow lanes.
  • Check AUK’s terms and conditions shown on the entry form when you enter.
  • Lights are essential for slower riders on The Kidderminster Killer