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Discover the 'Secret County' this Autumn with the Wiggle Shropshire Mynd

by Nick Gregory

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Perhaps unfairly overlooked by many, Shropshire is a relatively undiscovered haven for cycling. Quiet countryside that mixes varying types of climbs with fast-flowing flats, it's an incredible landscape that should be on everyone's ride list. 

The Wiggle Shropshire Mynd is the first of Kilo to Go's Autumn events. Since the initial launch, there have been some changes with slight tweaks to the route and additional feed stations put in-place. Setting off from Shrewsbury Town Football Club's 10,000 capacity stadium, there is plenty of parking at the venue and in the near vicinity. Based on the northern edge of the route, and with easy access from the M6, the stadium provides fantastic access to the quiet Shropshire countryside. 


Shropshire is called the secret county because it's full of scenic gems and off-the-beaten-track routes. But they are no secret to Kilo to Go. The Wiggle Shropshire Mynd criss-crosses the English / Welsh border so riders have the opportunity to take in high mountains, wooded valleys, unspoilt villages, ancient castles and babbling rivers and streams. Traffic volumes are low, and roads are quiet, with several long and exhilarating 'brakes-off' descents to enjoy. The area is also steeped in history with fierce battles and the infamous 177 mile Offa's Dyke, which the route follows for a stretch. 

Riders can choose between 102 or 61 mile route options. The longer route takes riders up the 3 main climbs: Long Mynd (in England), Kerry Hill and Long Mountain (in Wales). The shorter route does not include Kerry Hill. The approach and climb up Long Mynd is 3.5 miles long at an average 6% incline culminating at Robin Hood's Butts. Long Mountain, however, is a steep 1.2 mile climb at an average 11% with a lovely fast 3 mile, 5% descent. The long route's hidden gem is the climb up Kerry Hill. From Knighton, it's up hill for 14 miles at an average of 7%, but the final mile twists and turns to the top at 10%. 

Kilo to Go make sure no stone is left unturned in the effort to deliver the ultimate sportive experience; they post your 'Ticket to Ride' pack prior to the event so that you don't have to queue at the registration desk on the day. All finishers receive a HIGH5 taster pack, water bottle, goodie bag, finisher's medal, certificate and a short video of the moment they cross the finish line. 


The Shropshire Mynd will offer class-leading electronic timing, event photography, well-stocked feed stations at Lydbury North, Felindre and Westbury Village Halls and mechanical support. Motorcycle outriders and paramedics will be out on course should anyone get into any difficulty, and if you have a serious mechanical the broom wagon can return you to HQ. Kilo to Go is also known for its industry-leading hi-vis magenta route signing, which directs riders around the course. 

In the interests of working with the local community and ensuring a safe and enjoyable day for everyone, Kilo to Go asks riders not throw litter, to be considerate and respectful to all road users, obey the highway code and ride no more than two abreast. All riders should also carry a rain jacket, puncture repair kit, money and a mobile phone. 

From the birth place of Charles Darwin, the Wiggle Shropshire Mynd is an evolution in sportive riding! For more information visit

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