Thank you for entering the 28thDanny Mason Highlands Challenge (formerly Shropshire Highland Challenge) taking place on Sunday 9thJune 2019. After devising and running this classic event for a quarter of a century, Danny Mason stood down and the event is now organised by Ludlow Cycling Club. All proceeds after operating costs go to MacMillan Cancer Support.
Venue. HQ is Ludlow Rugby Club, Linney, Ludlow SY8 1EE. Head for Ludlow town centre and market square and go right up to the castle. Turn left by the old cannon, go down Dinham Hill and turn right at the bottom (do not cross Dinham river bridge – unless you come into Ludlow that way from the west in which case you turn left immediately after the bridge). The rugby club drive is on your left after a recreation ground.
Route. It’s slightly longer than usual at just over 66 miles, and this year’s route is about 10% hillier than 2018’s year’s but still not as tough as the early Highland Challenge routes. Here is the link to this year’s routehttps://ridewithgps.com/routes/29133236 which you can download onto your own device, or print.
Please note two special features of this year’s route:
- The first two stages to the refreshment stops are relatively flat compared to the final two stages. If you find hills and/or riding long distances challenging, you are strongly advised to conserve energy on the first half so you have some left for the second half!
- The route is mostly in Herefordshire and Powys – we’ll be more Shropshire oriented again next year – OS Landranger 148 covers all but the first mile or so in and out of Ludlow.
Character. Note that in the tradition of Audax cycle events:
- You are responsible for yourself on the route. This includes navigation. If you have a problem that means you cannot continue you will have to make your own arrangements to return home/to the HQ.
- The route is mostly on small lanes, some of which have grass or gravel up the middle, and potholes are many. There are long climbs and steep descents. TAKE CARE. Any roadworthy bike should get round but you will need spare inner tubes, tyre levers and a pump; sturdier tyres, excellent brakes and low gearing are recommended.
- There is no directional or hazard sign-posting or junction/hazard marshalling on the route
- This is not a race. This aims to be a friendly event ridden at your own pace with respect for others.
- EBikes are not recommended: batteries may not last the distance and amount of climbing
Checkpoint opening times.
Signing on 08:30 – 09:15 (start at any time once signed on)
Staunton on Arrow village hall 09.45 – 11.45
Llangunllo village hall 11:15 – 14.00
Lingen village hall 13.15 – 16.45
Finish 13.45 – 18.00
Checkpoints will not be open before stated times.
Breakfast Bacon baps, tea and coffee available at modest prices. Available from 07:30, when club-house opens
Morning refreshment stop. Complimentary tea, coffee and cakes.
Lunch. Large filled rolls, crisps, cakes, tea and coffee at modest prices.
Afternoon refreshment stop. Complimentary tea, coffee and cakes.
Finish. Bar open.
To ensure that those who need gluten–free or vegan food actually get it, please email any special dietary requirements to email@example.com as soon as possible. There will be lacto-vegetarian food anyway.
Enjoy your ride among in the hilly but beautiful Marches of the English/Welsh borderlands.
Charles Edwards, Ludlow Cycling Club and DMHC Organiser 2019