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shropshire highland challenge sunday

tarbot18tarbot18 Posts: 531
Hi anyone else doing the shropshire highland challenge on sunday , 66 miles and 6500 ft of climbing sounds fun oh and maybe some rain !! Im doing it with a few mates we ve done the coast to coast before which had a few bad hills so hoping we ll be ok.
The family that rides together stays together !

Boardman Comp 29er 2013

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  • Ron StuartRon Stuart Posts: 1,242
    Hi Tarbot,
    I am down to escort this guy round on Sunday as I did in the Challenge last year... http://www.tonyhewson.co.uk/home/about-tony the third photo down is taken from last years ride (nice day) I paste in a report of the route which I did recently for Tony's benefit.
    I started the ride part way round as it is nearer where I live by the way.

    Hi Tony,
    I took advantage of weather improvement today and recced the Highland Challenge. I car assisted to Clun then did a route out along the Jack Mytton Way and picked up the highland route at the xroads turned right for Newcastle then did the dodgy descent in the dry which wasn’t to bad but there were some ruts and pots on the lower slopes. It wouldn’t be great in the rain though. I continued round and back to Clun where I picked up more food and fluids for the remainder of the route from the car. The climb up Church Bank is tough but steady fairly longish but I found it not too bad. Descent to Chapel Lawn was OK not too hairy with some flatter bits to enjoy the area. After turning left and through Chapel Lawn it was flattish (into wind today) all the way to the Broom turn. I turned right and investigated Goat Hill which was manageable but it had a steep hairpin 2/3rds up. Nice ride from there through Ludlow to Richards Castle and the Goggin (sounds like Lord of the Rings stuff). Steep drag for a few hundred meters at the two telegraph pole turn. Generally down with a few ramps up all the way to Yatton , easy down to turn off for Upper Lye which was nice lane for some miles then after crossing river Lugg very steep ramp at other side, then a series of narrow gritty lanes up and down till Lingen main B road. Through Lingen, Brampton Bryan, Bucknell again and on to Bedstone where steepish bit from main road to Community Centre. From Control to Hopton Castle was flat or down then up steady gradient to wooded are then it flattens somewhat and continues up at a reasonable gradient then down to Obley easy descent then after a couple of right turns first by Chapel it brings you out to probably the steepest section of the ride not to bad leading to 150m or so of 1 in 4 ( thinks you may walk this bit Tony) on to A488 where turn left then shortly give way on a down slope with little view of traffic (care) then up another steep ramp which flattens for a while then goes steep again then over and fast down to the xroads where I first joined the Highland Challenge route.
    My overall impression is that this was slightly tougher than last year but that might just be my memory bank playing up (or my legs).

    Enjoy your day it's fantastic country. :D
  • tarbot18tarbot18 Posts: 531
    hi ron looks like a few hairy downhills according to your decription but i think the weather bucking up a bit fingers crossed . If you see 3 guys on a new scott new boardman and very old ribble puffing up the hills may be us lol
    The family that rides together stays together !

    Boardman Comp 29er 2013

    Whyte T129s 2014 viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12965414&p=18823801&hilit=whyte+t129s#p18823801

    Road Scott speedster s50 2011
  • Ron StuartRon Stuart Posts: 1,242
    tarbot18 wrote:
    hi ron looks like a few hairy downhills according to your decription but i think the weather bucking up a bit fingers crossed . If you see 3 guys on a new scott new boardman and very old ribble puffing up the hills may be us lol

    Hope it's dry, the descent down to Newcastle-on-Clun would be dodgy in the wet (very narrow) and no room for car up and bike down :shock:
    With care the rest shouldn't pose a problem other than some of the gradients on the legs.
    I shall be riding my training bike (because of poor surfacing in places) and I am out for a ride not a race on Sunday.
    Link to the guy I am escorting round on Sunday the third photo down is Tony doing last years ride.... http://www.tonyhewson.co.uk/home/about-tony 8)
  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    Chaps hopefully see you there. First time for me despite being in my home county I always seem to miss this event. If you see a white orbea orca say hi :wink:

    Am I right in thinking that the route is not marked then?
    It’s the most beautiful sport in the world but it’s governed by ***ts who have turned it into a crock of ****.
  • Ron StuartRon Stuart Posts: 1,242
    The route isn't marked, one of the reasons I do a recce of it. You should have received The Route Sheet 2011 + checkpoint card.
  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    Yes got the route sheet , was just hoping that it was only for if you get lost.
    It’s the most beautiful sport in the world but it’s governed by ***ts who have turned it into a crock of ****.
  • rdtrdt Posts: 869
    edited June 2011
    I'm riding this. Last time, 5 years ago, I followed some local lads who "knew" the route & roads and we ended up overaking the same people twice after a few "detours" :lol: This time I'll follow my audax strat of following someone with a GPS, and only resort to the routesheet if it all goes wrong...

    Forecast is looking better than it was, so fingers crossed.

    I see there's proper food available at the middle stop (Newcastle). Does anyone know if the first checkpoint (Bedstone) has just drinks, or will there be cake there or other "fuel"? I'm trying to gauge how light I can ride food-wise... :?:
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  • tarbot18tarbot18 Posts: 531
    hmmm think we may need to take a map or even better follow someone that knows the route although have to keep up with them then doh
    The family that rides together stays together !

    Boardman Comp 29er 2013

    Whyte T129s 2014 viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12965414&p=18823801&hilit=whyte+t129s#p18823801

    Road Scott speedster s50 2011
  • SlaceySlacey Posts: 78
    I'll be there with GPS, I'm hopeless with those route sheets!
    Freelance Journalist
    ex-Team Cycling Plus 2011
    Three Boardmans and a Spesh,
    numerous test rigs
  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    Slacey wrote:
    I'll be there with GPS, I'm hopeless with those route sheets!

    Can I follow you? :wink:
    It’s the most beautiful sport in the world but it’s governed by ***ts who have turned it into a crock of ****.
  • SlaceySlacey Posts: 78
    wicked wrote:
    Slacey wrote:
    I'll be there with GPS, I'm hopeless with those route sheets!

    Can I follow you? :wink:
    No worries :lol:
    Freelance Journalist
    ex-Team Cycling Plus 2011
    Three Boardmans and a Spesh,
    numerous test rigs
  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    Slacey wrote:
    wicked wrote:
    Slacey wrote:
    I'll be there with GPS, I'm hopeless with those route sheets!

    Can I follow you? :wink:
    No worries :lol:

    That looks a newport jersey! I too am in telford.
    It’s the most beautiful sport in the world but it’s governed by ***ts who have turned it into a crock of ****.
  • tlw1tlw1 Posts: 18,694
    Missing it this year :(

    Got an assignment due Tuesday
  • JamesBJamesB Posts: 1,184
    Great route today, thanks Danny :) and great tea / cake stops

    Bit on chilly side up on hills above Clun, but at least dry, cracking views all around from hills, and really good panoramas from Goat Hill towards end with a marvellous descent too :)

    Fabulous value for £8.50 and makes one wonder where all teh £30 goes on some Sportives nowadays (yes this is an old debate again)

    Here`s Garmin route http://connect.garmin.com/activity/93417261

    had no trouble navigating around with Garmin + route card :)
  • wickedwicked Posts: 844
    JamesB wrote:
    Great route today, thanks Danny :) and great tea / cake stops

    Bit on chilly side up on hills above Clun, but at least dry, cracking views all around from hills, and really good panoramas from Goat Hill towards end with a marvellous descent too :)

    Fabulous value for £8.50 and makes one wonder where all teh £30 goes on some Sportives nowadays (yes this is an old debate again)

    Here`s Garmin route http://connect.garmin.com/activity/93417261

    had no trouble navigating around with Garmin + route card :)

    +1
    Great fun today really enjoyed it. Puts sportives to shame.
    It’s the most beautiful sport in the world but it’s governed by ***ts who have turned it into a crock of ****.
  • Ron StuartRon Stuart Posts: 1,242
    Got round fine yesterday with Tony Hewson, great day out with a real friendly atmosphere about it.
    Thanks to Phil from Sutton St Nicholas who was good company on the day. Who needs timing the terrain is the challenge and a medal at the end? :D
  • tarbot18tarbot18 Posts: 531
    Great day yesterday bit sore today , thought the stops where well planned and what a place to camp . Can the pubs be closed next year in ludlow however, the quick pint after our pub lunch degenerated into a 6 pinter not quite the right preparation although we soon sweated it out !!!
    The family that rides together stays together !

    Boardman Comp 29er 2013

    Whyte T129s 2014 viewtopic.php?f=10017&t=12965414&p=18823801&hilit=whyte+t129s#p18823801

    Road Scott speedster s50 2011
  • rdtrdt Posts: 869
    Had a very fine day too, finding some good large groups to ride with, particularly the Steve Jones group and the Climb on Bikes club. With the latter, our (my :shock: ) navigation went a bit t!ts up near the end, taking us on an excursion TT'ing it the wrong way up the A49 a couple of miles short of Craven Arms before we realised... :lol:

    The organisation, particularly at the stops, was really excellent. And for £8.50! Fantastic.
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