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Quite fancy this, have friends up that way (Lichfield). Anyone done it?

It's just a hill. Get over it.

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  • bigmitch41bigmitch41 Posts: 685
    We did it last year, nice route and we stayed a couple of nights in Brum, quite a nice city.
    We thought the finish of the ride was a bit of an anti climax compared to Ride London, once you crossed the line that was, no after party etc but apart from that it was all good.
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  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,484
    Did it the first year. Was a bit dull tbh, but better route than RideLondon. Not sure what the new route will be like - if it has some more hills it'll be nicer. One thing I took away from it is that road surfaces were generally much better than Lancashire/Cheshire or Surrey/Kent, where I've done most of my riding
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 24,380
    cruff said:

    Did it the first year. Was a bit dull tbh, but better route than RideLondon. Not sure what the new route will be like - if it has some more hills it'll be nicer. One thing I took away from it is that road surfaces were generally much better than Lancashire/Cheshire or Surrey/Kent, where I've done most of my riding

    The old route was actually nice, around Worcestershire, which is anything but flat. The new route is West Mildands plus the flat bits of Warwickshire... there are no climbs and I would be surprised if anyone with a bit of fitness had to use the small ring at all. It's all about the road closures, because the route itself is very average
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,484
    Maybe it's just that I'm used to 'hills' in the NW - but I didn't think any of them on the original route I did were anything more than 'lumps'. I did like going through one of the small towns (can't remember the name of it) where it seemed everyone had decided to come out and cheer - great atmosphere
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • kingrollokingrollo Posts: 3,147

    cruff said:

    Did it the first year. Was a bit dull tbh, but better route than RideLondon. Not sure what the new route will be like - if it has some more hills it'll be nicer. One thing I took away from it is that road surfaces were generally much better than Lancashire/Cheshire or Surrey/Kent, where I've done most of my riding

    The old route was actually nice, around Worcestershire, which is anything but flat. The new route is West Mildands plus the flat bits of Warwickshire... there are no climbs and I would be surprised if anyone with a bit of fitness had to use the small ring at all. It's all about the road closures, because the route itself is very average
    You mean the old route that you persistently slated on here ? is that the one ?
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 24,380
    cruff said:

    Maybe it's just that I'm used to 'hills' in the NW - but I didn't think any of them on the original route I did were anything more than 'lumps'. I did like going through one of the small towns (can't remember the name of it) where it seemed everyone had decided to come out and cheer - great atmosphere

    Possibly Bewdley?
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 24,380
    kingrollo said:

    cruff said:

    Did it the first year. Was a bit dull tbh, but better route than RideLondon. Not sure what the new route will be like - if it has some more hills it'll be nicer. One thing I took away from it is that road surfaces were generally much better than Lancashire/Cheshire or Surrey/Kent, where I've done most of my riding

    The old route was actually nice, around Worcestershire, which is anything but flat. The new route is West Mildands plus the flat bits of Warwickshire... there are no climbs and I would be surprised if anyone with a bit of fitness had to use the small ring at all. It's all about the road closures, because the route itself is very average
    You mean the old route that you persistently slated on here ? is that the one ?
    The route was more picturesque, but it was a nightmare logistically, for residents who don't have the same road network as the other side of Birmingham. In fact, if I recall correctly, some sections were only closed one way and not the counterflow...

    The new route is dull but logistically it makes more sense, because there are motorways and dual carriageway that don't need to be closed or marshalled
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,484

    cruff said:

    Maybe it's just that I'm used to 'hills' in the NW - but I didn't think any of them on the original route I did were anything more than 'lumps'. I did like going through one of the small towns (can't remember the name of it) where it seemed everyone had decided to come out and cheer - great atmosphere

    Possibly Bewdley?
    Might have been - I remember a bridge and a turn onto a narrow street that was lined both sides with folk
    Fat chopper. Some racing. Some testing. Some crashing.
    Specialising in Git Daaahns and Cafs. Transplanted Laaandoner.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 24,380
    cruff said:

    cruff said:

    Maybe it's just that I'm used to 'hills' in the NW - but I didn't think any of them on the original route I did were anything more than 'lumps'. I did like going through one of the small towns (can't remember the name of it) where it seemed everyone had decided to come out and cheer - great atmosphere

    Possibly Bewdley?
    Might have been - I remember a bridge and a turn onto a narrow street that was lined both sides with folk
    Bewdley is a nice little town on the river Severn, so the bridge makes sense. I route my BRUM 200 audax through Bewdley, although this year I swapped it for Kinver.
  • lettingthedaysgobylettingthedaysgoby Posts: 1,293
    edited 16 February
    cruff said:


    Might have been - I remember a bridge and a turn onto a narrow street that was lined both sides with folk

    Yep, that was Bewdley, it was a superb atmosphere, really felt quite special.

    I've ridden both Velo events and loved them, I'll be on the start line in June for this years. Closed roads is worth it, whatever the moaners may say.
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