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Route information - Poppy Ride

Poppy Ride has three fantastic route options, professionally designed to cater for first-time event cyclists through to sportive enthusiasts.

Poppy Ride Shropshire route information

All three distance options start and finish at the Battle Back Centre, a specialist recovery facility that supports wounded, injured and sick service personnel to either return to active duty or make a smooth transition to life outside of the Armed Forces.

The routes all take in Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, a museum home to a world-class collection of aircraft and artefacts displayed inside wartime hangers and within the National Cold War Exhibition.

Route 1: Distance 35km (Elevation 296m)

This 35km route takes in a loop of the beautiful Shropshire countryside. The gently undulating roads are the perfect introduction to cycle sportive events. All routes will take in the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, a museum home to a world-class collection of aircraft and artefacts.

Route 2: Distance 88km (Elevation 694m)

This 88km route passes through picturesque country roads before returning to the Battle Back Centre at Lilleshall. A great middle-distance route as part of a training programme or a step-up in distance. This route will pass The Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Route 3: Distance 148km (Elevation 1491m)

The event's longest route covers some stunning scenery before finishing at the Battle Back Centre in Lilleshall. A poignant and enjoyable ride, at 148km it’s a fantastic challenge. This route heads out into the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a stop at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and will pass the Long Mynd/Carding Mill Valley. You will also pass through Much Wenlock, a beautiful historic town and birth place of the modern Olympics. This is the perfect distance to prepare yourself for the longest day of Pedal to Paris.

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