Local Cycling events 2019

Here are some local cycling events with a quick summary of each. You will need to research further for more details.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Logo

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Saturday July 6th 2019. A fun inclusive event, dressing up is encouraged, as is partaking of local hoteliers.

Arts Alive Charity Cycle Challenge starts at Clun on the 7th July 2019. The Tour D’Arts Alive has a variety of routes and you receive an edible medal at the finish. Arts Alive organise lots of local events including supporting Flicks in the Sticks.

Ludlow Cycling Festival is on the 22nd September 2019. It includes the South Shropshire Tors 30/60/100. There is a Family Ride of 11km and an Intermediate Led Group Ride of 30km. Lots more going on at Ludlow  Rugby Club. This event raises money for Macmillam Cancer Support.

Some more fun events for all our cycling friends.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon 2019

The 32nd Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon is on Saturday 6th July 2019.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Logo

The Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon route goes through some beautiful Shropshire countryside. One of the committee members came and took part, decided he loved it and now lives here.

Although it is advertised as  non competitive there is apparently fierce competition for top places in all categories. I wonder if they have a “Who Can Dawdle Slowest” category?

The Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon is an inclusive event with disabled participants actively encouraged. Fancy dress is optional but all adds to making this a fun event.

Prizes are available for best fancy dress, fastest local team, most visited pub fast, mixed, all female and male team and many more.

In the Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon there are two bike rides, a swim and a run. There is a 1km swim in leisure centre pool. A 30km Tandem bike ride. A 10km woodland run followed by a 5km Tandem Sprint to the finish.

This year the Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon does not have a junior race.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon has a £60 entry fee per team. This event is entirely run by volunteers.

The logo at the top of this blog lost is copyright of the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon organisation and is used with their kind permission.

Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon

Two men riding a tandem bicycle
On Saturday 30th June 2018 the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon will be taking place.

There is the usual swim, bike ride and run but there are two bike rides and you share the work with a team member.

This event is open to all abilities and those who are competitive and those who want a leisurely day out or a bit of fun. Teams can dress up in fancy dress and there are prizes for best fancy dress, most pubs visited (maybe my husband and his friends could enter?).

The Triathlon starts with one team member doing a 1km swim at Bishops Castle Leisure Centre pool, then both team members share a 30km bike ride. The second team member then has to complete a 10 km woodland run with both finishing the event on a 5 km Sprint, I assume for the nearest pub.

There is fierce competition for the top places but this event is about inclusivity and if you want to handle round the the pubs and cafes and take in South Shropshire beautiful countryside then you can.

There is an age restriction of over 16 years, and 18 years for the run.

Entrance fee of £60 or £30 each.

Contact details

tandemtri@by internet.com

or text or phone

07876570725 or 01588 680449

The image at the top of this blog post is a public domain image from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Ludlow Cycling Festival

Ludlow Cycling Festival Logo

Ludlow Cycling Festival is on Sunday 17th September 2017 at the Ludlow Rugby Club.

They are raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support.

There are five bike rides for different abilities and styles starting at staggered times from the Rugby Club.

There will be activities at the Ludlow Rugby Club through out the day.
Isle Bikes will have demo bikes.

Pearce Bikes will be running a Turbo Trainer Challenge, are you up to it? There are prizes.

There will be all the things you expect at a Fun Day, Bouncy Castles, Climbing Walls etc.

There will be Children’s Bike Races.

And all things bike.

Ludlow Tweed Ride

Tweed Run Woman

The Tweed Cycling Club was set up by Jack Thurston and in the 1990s in the North Of England several vintage attired clubs emerged and held rides.

From these, Tweed Runs/Rides evolved and the first Tweed Run was held in 2009 in London. These are held annually now.

Tweed Runs appear to be annual bike rides while Tweed Rides are usually monthly.

The Idea is that you wear vintage clothing, ideally tweeds that would have been part of the vintage cyclists attire, and a vintage bike. Then you go on a bike ride.

I presume there are no bike computers, no steamy whatever they are gears and definitely no lycra. Well not on view!

“Tweed Rides are minimum-exertion, maximum-elegance…..” I found this quote on www.tweedride.co.uk and thought it summed it all up.

You don’t need to have a vintage bike or a wardrobe full of vintage clothes or tweeds.

It is appreciated if you make an effort and wear old cycling type clothing and vintage bikes are encouraged but attitude, a nod to vintage clothing and a willingness to have fun are what it is about.

Ludlow Tweed Ride happens once a month. They meet in the Castle Square at 2pm and then go for a bike ride of about 8miles. I am sure tea and cake are involved somewhere.

Next ride:-
August 5th 2017
September 2nd 2017
October 7th 2017
No ride in November
December 25th starting at 10am, there will be mince pie when you finish.

For more information about the Ludlow Tweed Ride contact them on smartycyclepants@gmail.com.

The image used in this blog post is from Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

The Ludlow Brewing Company Sportive

The Ludlow Brewing Company Sportive is on the 4th June starting and finishing at Ludlow Brewing Company.

There is a Fun Ride which is 25 miles and a Challenge Ride with a distance of 70 miles.

The entrance fees are £20 for the Fun Ride and £35 for the Challenge Ride.

Registration is from 9.30 am with the rides starting at 10 am.

This event is in aid of Parkinson’s UK and funds raised will go towards this great cause.

Food and refreshments are available to buy at Event HQ, Ludlow Brewing Company, The Railway Shed.


Do you know what a Sportive is?

A Sportive is a long or short distance, mass participation cycle ride, often organised to raise money for a good cause and held annually.

It is meant to be non competitive but many cyclists will challenge themselves against the clock.

Sportive is shortened from Cyclosportive.

There are several events in Shropshire but the ones below are the nearest. There is also a couple in North Herefordshire, one at Leominster and one at Lucton.

Ride the Shropshire Marches 21st May

The Ludlow Brewing Company Sportive 4th June

Georgia Williams Cycle Ride 10th June

Tour d’Arts Alive 25th June

South Shropshire Tors 17th September

We are able to provide lockable storage for bikes and I am sure my husband will let you use his work stand if you decide to stay at Folly View to attend one of these events.

Ride the Shropshire Marches

A well-earned cycling break

A well-earned cycling break

Ride the Shropshire Marches Sportive is on Sunday 21st May.

There are two distances 65 miles starting at 9.30am and 35 miles starting at 10 am.

The start and finish are at Wistanstow Village Hall. The entrance fees are £25 for the longer distance and £20 for the shorter distance.

The funds raised from this event will go towards replacing the windows of Wistanstow Village Hall.

There is breakfast at the start, refreshments half way round at Church Stoke and tea and a bottle of beer at the finish.

The ride takes in stunning views of South Shropshire lets hope its a clear day to make the most of those climbs.

The event is sponsored by Wood’s Brewery.

The Onny Meadows



In a few of my blogs I have talked about the Onny Meadows here in Craven Arms. I often walk there as I have two border terriers called Hettie and Dillie.

The Onny Meadows is thirty five acres of meadows and woodland, half a mile from Folly View Let. At the entrance to the meadows is The Discovery Centre, where you are able to get food and drink.

The woodland was planted when the Discovery Centre was built in Two Thousand, there are alders, hazel, ash, oaks, and poplars among others. There is an area planted with willows and a willow arch, now behind a fence.

There are two orchards which have apples and pears. One of these orchards has hedges that are planted with medlars and damsons.

The river Onny runs through the site and there are several ponds. Some of them are the remnants of former mill ponds.

Onny River

Onny River

There is a hard path around a small part of the site but this is presently being extended. This will make access for wheel chairs, pushchairs and people who have problems on uneven surfaces a lot better.

Part of the hard path is a circular Cycle Path, great for children to learn cycling skills in a safe environment.

There is a children’s play area near the Discovery Centre and there are still some other play _ around the Meadows. The logs are to be climbed over which you can see from the Sun Dial, it is accurate.

There are wonderful wild flowers and beautiful grasses. Damselflies, dragon flies, may flies are beautiful to observe flying over the ponds in Spring and Summer.

There are birds to be observed including the Red Kites. I have seen otters and stoats on the meadows, squirrels can be seen in the trees and I can often smell that a fox has been around.

The Onny Meadows are the starting point of several circular walks and the Shropshire Way passes through.

Onny Meadows Signpost

Onny Meadows Signpost

It is lovely to walk round, not sure about the barbed wire.