The event starts and finishes in the Herefordshire / Wales border town of Kington and most of the route is actually over the border into the beautiful countryside of mid-Wales. Click Here to view a map of the route which will be followed in an anti-clockwise direction.
The event is not a race – the slower you go the more time you will have to appreciate the quiet lanes and Borders scenery including river valleys and moorland vistas. There are no mountains to climb, but plenty of steady climbs and a few short sharp ones. The total climb during the ride is almost 2,000 meters (according to Avanquest mapping software) so make sure you come prepared and trained! Please ensure your bike has good brakes, and you will find low-ratio gears useful on the climbs.
The start and end point of the event is the Red Kite Fostering centre at the Old Surgery, The Meads, Kington HR5 3DQ, -see this link for a map - which is very close to the Cattle Market in Kington, which has plenty of space and free parking . The rolling start from 8.30am until 10am avoids congestion - so you don't have to rush to be there on the dot of 8.30am especially if you have a way to come from home to get to Kington. Showers and changing facilities are available.
As almost all of the route is in narrow winding lanes (all tarmac surfaces) it is perhaps not suitable for enthusiasts of main-road riding. However, if you ‘see the light’ and want to admire the scenery in preference to following a passing back wheel then you will be very welcome.
Teas / coffees / bacon baps etc. will be available free at the start, free lunch at approximately mid-distance in a village hall, and warming recovery-fodder at the end.At quarter and three-quarter distance there are village-hall based water points with snacks and food top-ups as needed.
The Entry Fee is £20, which gets you an excellent way-marked route, parking & changing facilities, and refreshments en route and at the end. A professional photographer covers the event, and you will be able to select photographs fromhis website for purchase after the event.
There is plenty of good-value local accommodation, including a YHA,B&Bs,camp sites andhotels. See this link (click on it) for a detailed list:-Accommodation Listing (Sorry about the annoying pop-up ads on this link).
We would prefer you toenter on-line, by following this link. You can see a list of entrants so-far by following this link.
If you are reluctant or unable to enter on-line, we can accept postal entries. Click onentry form to access the necessary paperwork, or click on the link (document - entry form) at the top right hand side of this page. Please print it off, complete it, and return it with your cheque to secure your place(s).
For those with GPS / Sat-Navs, an excel file of 400-odd waymarking grid references can be made available and also a .gpx file that can be loaded to your Garmin or similar. This should ensure you stay on-track, but frankly the way-marking has worked well on the events so far with no-one losing the route.
Any further questions? Please email the event secretary,Chris Smith.