A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

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A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Aug 31, 2018 17:49 pm

Sign up to the Strava club and have a go!

https://www.strava.com/clubs/472362


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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby thecycleclinic » Fri Aug 31, 2018 19:13 pm

what about organising a audax for this. I need to do an audax to be able to enter PBP or ofr the qualifier.
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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Aug 31, 2018 19:27 pm

thecycleclinic wrote:what about organising a audax for this. I need to do an audax to be able to enter PBP or ofr the qualifier.


I have a plan to organise it as an Audax next year, but it won't be a BRM and therefore it won't be a PBP qualifier.

If you need a PREqualifier, you are running out of options, end of September is the cut off... if you manage to get in without a PREqualifier, then you need to complete an SR series next year (200/300/400/600).
Events need to be coded as BRM {PBP} to be suitable qualifiers.
If you need more info, drop me an email, no point to discuss PBP further on this thread

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:38 am

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby Rank_amateur » Wed Sep 12, 2018 12:55 pm

Ugo, zoom in on your route, in Shenstone, where you go from Churchill Road to Main Street, that’s a pedestrian alleyway between the two that has no cycling signs at both ends and a kerb to hop up if you ignore them. Better to go left onto Schoolfields Road, right onto St Johns hill and down New road to reach almost the same point on Lynn lane.
Other than that the part from Middleton to Brewood would be all ok - from memory.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 12, 2018 13:00 pm

Rank_amateur wrote:Ugo, zoom in on your route, in Shenstone, where you go from Churchill Road to Main Street, that’s a pedestrian alleyway between the two that has no cycling signs at both ends and a kerb to hop up if you ignore them. Better to go left onto Schoolfields Road, right onto St Johns hill and down New road to reach almost the same point on Lynn lane.
Other than that the part from Middleton to Brewood would be all ok - from memory.


Well spotted,
when I recced some of the route I used a slightly different way into Shenstone. I need to amend it

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby Graeme_S » Wed Sep 12, 2018 13:09 pm

A mate and I are planning an attempt on the weekend of 20th/21st October, day depending on the weather forecast.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 12, 2018 13:15 pm

Graeme_S wrote:A mate and I are planning an attempt on the weekend of 20th/21st October, day depending on the weather forecast.


Excellent! Upon completion I'll post your certificate in your pigeon hole at work and save 55 p of a 2nd class stamp!

We are going this weekend (sunday), I will then post my ride on Strava if you want to use the same route.
Incidentally I have noticed that the route passes very close to the Purity Brewery... 8) Although their site seems to be undecided whether they close at 1 PM or at 4 PM on saturdays...

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby Rank_amateur » Wed Sep 12, 2018 13:32 pm

The route really does go past my front door so I can’t refuse... but I’ll wait until July. I may even be ready by then....

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Wed Sep 12, 2018 15:52 pm

Rank_amateur wrote:The route really does go past my front door so I can’t refuse... but I’ll wait until July. I may even be ready by then....


Looks like July the 6th... I am sorting out the basics, like arranging a village hall for start/finish... the Audax page will go live in October.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby Rank_amateur » Wed Sep 12, 2018 19:06 pm

I look forward to it. Looks a really nice route and a good idea.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby fuel2000 » Wed Sep 12, 2018 19:55 pm

I’ll be up for this as well.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Thu Sep 13, 2018 06:07 am

Thanks guys...

Meanwhile the Strava group keeps growing, 36 members as of this morning... :-)

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Sep 14, 2018 08:47 am

Did a bit of route tweaking:

1) Fixed the Shenstone problem

2) rerouted to avoid a quarter of a mile of A41 in Shropshire

3) Shortened the return leg after Studley and avoided the A3400

The route still crosses the old Iron Bridge, although I am not sure it's open currently, with the refurb going on. Alternative is the newer bridge east of the old one.

https://www.strava.com/routes/15143468

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby Craigus89 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 09:16 am

I may be up for this. I'm 2 hours away but looking to do some more Audax next year. May be away in July but if not I'll journey up for it I think.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby bianchimoon » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:06 am

Looks good, wish I lived closer. Good luck to all, just out of interest Paulo, can you keep thread updated with rides and times?
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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Fri Sep 14, 2018 10:34 am

bianchimoon wrote:Looks good, wish I lived closer. Good luck to all, just out of interest Paulo, can you keep thread updated with rides and times?


I will update as much as I can.

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby fuel2000 » Fri Sep 14, 2018 20:24 pm

You can still cross Ironbridge, although you need to dismount, as it’s a walkway on the side of the bridge shared with pedestrians. Nice climb out of there :)

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sat Sep 15, 2018 06:32 am

fuel2000 wrote:You can still cross Ironbridge, although you need to dismount, as it’s a walkway on the side of the bridge shared with pedestrians. Nice climb out of there :)


I mercifully decided to route up the shallower of the two climbs... one day I'll plan a hilly route... not this time 8)

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Re: A loop of Birmingham, who's up for it?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Sat Sep 15, 2018 09:45 am

A surge in Strava club membership overnight and we are now at 44 members. Can we reach 100 and beat any other Strava club associated with an Audax (PBP aside)?


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