In common with all our rides, this is not an organised mass start event, so there is no HQ or indoor start venue, no support staff or marshals out on course and no participation registration on the day – that’s done via Strava.
Parking is available around the town, but Ludlow is an ancient walled town with narrow streets, so you may need to park on the outskirts and ride to the route start at Dinham Bridge (adjacent to the Millennium Green Cafe). It’s a small place though, so you won’t be far away. See below for more information on what to bring and what to expect.
This is not an organised mass start event – it is a challenge ride on a route that is open to the public along its entire length, that you can begin at any time you like. We will be setting out between 9am and 10am ourselves, but feel free to ride it when it suits you. Riders will soon spread out as we will be heading into off road segments very early on, and we would encourage you to set out as soon as you are ready in bunches smaller than ten in order to avoid congestion on an early single file section.
If you wish to appear in the list of riders that complete the route on the day you will need to record your ride on a GPS or smart phone, and upload it by 9am on 12th October – the route starts on Dinham Bridge, so just remember to press start as you cross it.
This Spring Challenge is virtually gate free as there are no sections that cross field boundaries – there’s just one swing gate on a paved section, as it’s a gated private road that is also a bridleway. The route passes through one village where you could easily pick up supplies if needed – but it’s really intended as a non-stop ride, as the weather is unlikely to be hot enough at this time of year to leave you gasping for water.
The final route will be published on Komoot, ready for downloading, approximately 7-10 days before the ride. We leave it this late so that we can double check there are no last minute access issues.