Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Rawlinson Bracket

Back to two wheels and on Sunday I took part in my first sportive of 2014 the early season Rawlinson Bracket, this was a 52 mile hilly course around the Warwickshire hills and the Edge Hill escarpment in particular. It started and finished at the Motor Heritage Centre near Gaydon and took in six major climbs, this is a tough 52 miles and it was made all the more harder as a fair bit of the route was against a very strong wind which made progress slow and draining on already hill weary legs.

Climb#1 Burton Dassett – A short climb up to the country park.
Climb#2 Shotteswell – A short steep climb up a narrow lane in the village of Shotteswell sandwiched between houses on either side.
Climb#3 Edge Hill – This climbs appears in ‘Another 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs’ by Simon Warren and has a maximum gradient of 14% which makes for a gruelling climb.

Climb#4 Lady Elizabeth Hill – A relatively long steady climb.
Climb#5 Compton Winyates Hill – Another relatively long climb with some interesting kicks, and some nice scenery.

Climb#6 Sunrising Hill – Same height gain as the Edge Hill climb but a different character and IMO a tougher climb, a max gradient of 16% and currently a rough temporary road surface with a tight hair pin half-way up make for another punishing climb especially on fatigued legs.
After all these a nice descent down Edge Hill then back to the Heritage Centre to finish. I finished in a time 3hrs 19mins with an average of 15.4mph and based on the hills and the wind factor I’m fairly pleased with this there’s still plenty of room for improvement but equally it is still early in the year.

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