Event: 29 October 2011
Location: Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
Report: Kilo To Go
Above: Riding in Wales close to Offa's Dyke; the ancient and original England/Wales border. Long Mountain in background.
Officially the last cyclosportive of British Summertime took place on Saturday 29th October - Wiggle Wild Edric. This unique event sits on the secretively quiet area of the England-Wales border known as Edric Country, near the ancient market town of Bishop's Castle. Still none the wiser? That's the Shropshire Hills, and the Welsh Marches of Powys to the south-west of Shrewsbury. Feature climbs included The Long Myndd - a Welsh named mountain in England and Long Mountain - an English named mountain in Wales! Those who rode the longer option of 98 miles also experienced the enjoyment of a third Welsh mountain, Kerri.
420 riders braved good conditions for an Autumn bike ride with just over half opting for the shorter 59 miles option on a mild day, with a slight breeze from the south. It just about stayed dry for the duration. With WNEG out-riders, Medi-bike, and broomwaggons out on the route a safe supported ride went down well with participants. Coupled with massage, food, goody-bag and trade stands back at the SPARC centre HQ a good day was had by all.
In closing British Summertime for sportive riders, and living in denial of winter hibernation themselves, the organisers point out they open the season up again on the first day of British Summertime 2012 with Wiggle Cheshire Cat which opens for entries at 12 noon Tuesday 1st November 2011.
Further infomation: www.kilotogo.com