Wiggle Wild Edric is the last sportive event to take place in British Summertime (Saturday 29th October 2011). With the HQ at the SPARC centre in the sleepy old market town of Bishop's Castle the ride boast moderately challenging terrain on very quiet roads, stunning Shropshire and Welsh scenery and two routes set into a backdrop of secret countryside and ancient history. For a start, there's the spirit of Wild Edric himself - a kind of 'Brummie' Hereward the Wake - who fought against the Norman Conquest. His spirit is said to be alive in these parts and can be heard roaring and howling in the old lead mines which are dotted around the routes. He can sometimes be seen running across the Long Mynd taking the form of a mad black dog!
Now in its third year and with a season closing date the organisers have mellowed the route somewhat and exploit some of Shropshire's more shallow climbs and long straight 'brakes off' descents. Long Mountain and Kerri spring to mind here - with a tailwind (likely!) you can might be able to freewheel for 12 miles into the town of Knighton. You'll see old lead mines, wooded valleys, open moorland, ancient castles, fast flowing rivers and of course the quiet countryside of the Welsh Marches. As well as being wary of Wild Edric himself keep a look out for Eurosport's David Harmon who is local to the route and tested it out earlier this year.
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