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The Shropshire Mynd - Stunning Climbs, Closed Roads and Now Get the Jersey to Prove It

by Nick Gregory

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Shropshire is known (or should that be unknown) as the secret county; that's because it's a relatively undiscovered gem with high mountains, wooded valleys, unspoilt villages, ancient castles and babbling rivers. Explore its delights on two wheels on 2 August 2015 with the Shropshire Mynd Sportive. 

For 2015, event organisers KILO TO GO have moved the Shropshire Mynd to a new HQ at Ludlow Racecourse with more convivial surroundings, on-site catering and parking. Also new this year will be the two feed stations, which now include a variety of sandwiches, savoury snacks and various cakes all produced specifically for the event by a family baker. 

Finally, in 2015 the event will offer just one - 84 mile - route.  However, the route still criss-crosses the English / Welsh border meaning riders can be sure that all the best bits are included, not least the stunning climbs of Long Mynd (England), Stiperstones, Long Mountain (Wales) & a new ascent up Kerry Hill with a long, long, long descent. 

The first major climb is a FULLY CLOSED ROAD ascent of Long Mynd-Burway. With similarities to Winnat's Pass which features on the route of the Tour of the Peak in May, it's steep and twisty, but from the top you'll have some incredible views whilst you catch your breath. From there, riders will descend to Ratlinghope before taking on Stiperstones en route to the first feed station. 

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Next up it's the turn of Long Mountain - TWICE! First a long steady climb, before a rapid descent and then straight back up via a much steeper and shorter climb - think Mow Cop from the Cheshire Cat. The final major climb is up Kerry Hill, before enjoying an incredibly long descent on the way back to Ludlow Racecourse. 

A new addition to the entire KILO TO GO sportive series for 2015 are event-specific jerseys that can be ordered in advance and collected at the events themselves

The jerseys make use of the new company colour - deep raspberry - across the collar, cuffs, and rear zipped pocket. The majority of the jersey features the event badge artwork and colour to create a very sharp and distinctive look. The event name and year is printed on the front right chest area and also across the rear of the jersey, above the bottom hem. 

Made using a patented 'Qwick-Dri' breathable fabric and sewn together using non-chaffing flatlock stitching, these bold jerseys also feature a 1/4 zip with a fabric cover at the top, three reinforced rear pockets with an additional zip pocket, silicone gripper on the rear hem as well as elastic cuffs. 

The Shropshire Mynd will offer class-leading electronic timing, event photography, well-stocked feed stations 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.  

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There's also a free HIGH5 Race Pack worth £14.99 for all those who enter up to eight weeks in advance of the event. 

Cyclosport's Andy Dawson reviewed the event for Cyclosport last year and rated it a whopping 95.6%: 

I turned out for the Shropshire Mynd sportive and had a great day in the South Shropshire hills on a good course with great support. Organisers KILO TO GO have been going for years and offer nine excellent sportives throughout the year. Their experience, expertise and equipment really help make the sportive series an excellent one. 

I would highlight the course, which really took advantage of the wide, smooth roads of South Shropshire. The route was a logical path with relatively few changes of direction and it had long stretches of uninterrupted riding.  

KILO TO GO have defined the standard for what a sportive should be. If you are a first time sportive rider this is the sort of event that will look after you and help you have a successful day.   

From the birth place of Charles Darwin, the Shropshire Mynd is an evolution!

For more information and to enter, visit www.kilotogo.com.





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