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E124 As You Like It (167.83km) 9
July 13 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
This is a rerun of our successful ‘Beginners 100’ which was first run last year. Several riders completed their maiden 100 that day and it seemed a good idea to run it again, mainly because we all liked it.
Starting from Kidderminster SVR station we head out to Stourport via Wilden Lane where there will be an opportunity to rendevous at the Bay Horse pub if you live that side of the shire. We then traverse familiar lanes out through Upton Warren and Astwood Bank and a nice level run along Warwickshire lanes to Stratford Upon Avon. After a cafe/cake/rest stop we cross the river and head southeast towards Broadway and Winchcombe, skirting the edge of the Cotswolds and keeping the climbing to a minimum. A welcome descent brings us into Tewkesbury and our second rest stop of the day. The final leg takes us though Twining, Strensham and Broughton Hackett and into more familiar territory at Crowle and Droitwich.
We will follow the same routine as last year. This is intended for riders who may not have done a 100 mile ride before but have the developing fitness and enthusiasm to complete it. Pace will average around 14-15mph, which is quite achievable for the majority of the route. Unfortunately some parts of the route will be on main roads, this is kept to a minimum, but often essential in places. Due to the distance of the ride we have to ensure that all adult riders have the necessary means to get themselves home in the event of a serious mechanical. Both Stratford and Tewkesbury have rail links to Kidderminster and the furthest point of the ride is no more than 50 miles away should a lift home be needed. Youth riders would be accompanied home by an adult in this eventuality. Bring a spare tube, tools and some energy gels for those low spells between stops.
Bear in mind that this is an ‘all day’ ride. We start 8am and should be home around 4-5pm including the stops. We’re not likely to be back in time to get to that 1pm christening. As with most rides the sense of achievement, even at a reasonable speed, of a century is quite amazing as is the beauty of the end point being about 20ft from a hostelry.