The Long Mynd 2000 Sportif
Finishing with one of the most challenging climbs in the country*, the long mynd 2000 takes you on a scenic ride over Wenlock Edge, up the Burway Road and onto the Welsh borders and Kerry Hill before returning to Shropshire for a summit finish on top of the Long Mynd.
Choose between a 55 mile or 92 mile route which take in some of Shropshire’s most challenging climbs. Departs from Carding Mill Valley between 8.30 and 9.30am.
* rated 10/10 in “Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs”
Registration open: 7.30–9.30am
Start time: 8.30–9.30am
• two fully marked routes (55 and 92 miles)
• medical support
• well stocked feed stations
• tea and cake
• finishers T-shirts
• times for finishers
• certificates (gold, silver and bronze)
• sweeper vehicle
Heading east from Church Stretton the route soonstarts to climb to the north of Caer Caradoc before descending through Cardington village. 5 miles of fast rolling country lanes later you turn south to ascend the “5 Chimneys Climb” ofHughley Bank and onto Wenlock Edge.
Turning west you soon see the Long Mynd looming on the horizon beckoning you forward for the assault on the Burway Road. Caution is required as you descend the western edge of the Long Mynd as the descent finishes at a T-junction.
Now heading south west the two routes separate at Bishops Castle, the standard route continues south west taking a “quick” route to Clun while the Epic travels north east to the historic border town of Montgomery.
Abermule and Glanmule are ticked off in quick succession before you ascend Kerry Hill via its mini “Alpe d’Huez”.
After this stunning climb you’rerewarded by a 13 mile descent through Newcastle before the two routes combine once more at Clun.
After the fast descent to New Invention the route turns east. Chapel Lawn, Bucknell and Bedstone fly by in quick succession but try not to get carried away.
It is now that the rider needs to restock with some fuel and conserve what energy they have left for there are only a blissful 10 miles left before the final climb. Asterton Bank is a wall that once attempted will not be quickly forgotten…… It does not receive a top rating of 10/10 in ‘Another 100 greatest cycling climbs’ for the views alone! But don’t be disheartened you can give it every last drop – on this sportive you’re given the chance to emulate your personal Grand Tour heroes with a summit top finish!
Once glory has been achieved gently warm down during the short down hill ride back to Carding Mill Valley where refreshments and the ice cold stream and reservoir are waiting!