Slow dating shropshire
Shropshire lies just east of the England-Wales border and is an area with a significant past.
En route to our meeting point we pass through Ironbridge, an idyllic village on the River Severn, which takes its name from the 30-metre high cast iron bridge – the first iron bridge in the world – that was built across the river in 1779.
A steep left-hand bend forces me out of the saddle once more and the little grim enthusiasm I have for drowning in lactic acid starts to wane.
The Burway, which scores 9/10 in Simon Warren’s book 100 Greatest Cycling Climbs, is the road that leads to the Long Mynd, a moorland plateau of heather and rocks and a popular place for walkers, geography field trips and cyclists.My sensible head tells me that if I go too hard I’ll be crawling to the top just over 2km away, so I slow to pedestrian pace, feeling slightly nauseous.The road hugs the hillside with a sheer drop to the right.What starts at 3% is soon 9%, and crossing a cattle grid to the foot of the climb proper is the bit where the proverbial tequila shots kick in.Here it hits 20% and it stays there for the first 200m.