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South Shropshire Tors

21/09/2014 - Ludllow - Sportive

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South Shropshire features some of the mostly beautiful cycling countryside in the country. Bordering the soft rolling country of Herefordshire to the south, and the dramatic climbs on the Shropshire/ Welsh border, it is ideal cycling terrain for those who want a challenge, but who also want to enjoy dramatic scenery after all the effort getting to the top of a climb - not to mention the fast descents. With over 1470 metres of climbing in 100k, the ride will be challenging, but not over demanding.

Starting in the historic town of Ludlow, and overshadowed by its imposing 11th century castle, the British Cycling registered South Shropshire Tors 100k sportive has been planned to make the most of this unique area.

Within half a kilometre of the start the route passes for 4k through the Oakley Park estate before gently rising and then dropping to follow the valley road alongside the river Teme to Leintwardine, a small town on the ancient roman Watling Way. Leaving the Teme at Bucknell, and with 22k of flat road behind, the route gently rise for a further 8 or 9 kilometres before dramatically steepening within the shadow of Rockall before topping Weston Hill, at 4112 metres, the highest point of the day's ride. Just after crossing Offa's Dyke, a short steep descent brings the riders down to Newcastle on Clun, and the first refreshment stop.

The next section sees a series of short and not so short climbs, starting with a pull to Mardu, before a short drop gives a bit of a breather before the 7 k climb up to the ancient Kerry Ridgeway and its dramatic views, which on a clear day, can see for up to 100 kilometres. A fast drop down then off the end of the ridgeway  to Bishops Castle  brings a flatter section  for the next 10K, followed by a further 10k of rolling hills before the last refreshment stop at Ticklerton.  Just over one kilometre after this point, Westhope is the most challenging of three further pulls before the last section which, despite a few rolls, is an overall drop back into Ludlow

The sportive will be fully supported with signposting, two refreshment stops, first aid support and a broom. Rides will be manually timed.

The sportive is the main ride in Ludlow's first Cycling Festival - with several other family orientated rides  and activities such as local led rides ( for individuals and families), guided mountain bike rides, turbo time trial challenge, bike checks, family entertainment and live music. In addition there will be food, cakes, refreshments and a licensed bar.

The event is organised on behalf of by Macmillan Cancer Support who will benefit from all of the festival's proceeds.




Event Website http://ludlowcc.org.uk/ludlow-cycling-festival/

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Ludlow Rugby Club
Address Line 2 The Linney
Town Ludlow
County Shropshire
Postcode SY8 1EE
 
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities
Changing Rooms Changing Rooms
Showers Showers
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
Name Peter Ding
Email Email Hidden
Phone 01568614116
County Herefordshire

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