BCC Reliability Ride

Sunday 10 February saw 62 riders take part in our annual reliability ride, this year in support of the Bridgnorth Hospital League of Friends.

The weather as expected played it’s part, cold to start with, barely warming up and then rain, February in Shropshire, what’s not to like !

Our new ride headquarters worked really well Bridgnorth Football Club gave us more space, plenty of seating, bacon butties and for some a beer on their return. With free parking (yes I did say free parking. What in Bridgnorth and at a weekend) just down the road it all worked seamlessly.

Thanks to all the riders who took part, everyone at the football club and club members  for making the event possible.

 

What’s it like to join our club runs.

‘It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.’ Ernest Hemingway.

 

Well, I can’t think of a more exhilarating and fun way to end 2018 -certainly nothing else that is printable at this moment!

When we arrived at Clee Cycles this morning, there were at least 20 cyclists waiting for the off, including two other female riders. What a glorious sight to see so many of us! For once, I had downloaded the route onto my Wahoo and could enjoy turn-by-turn navigation to reach our destination in Albrighton. So Andrew Davies charged Andy Mowbray and me with the onerous task of leading a small group to the 1232 cafe on Albrighton High Street. What could be simpler? All we had to do was to keep the group together and follow the arrows on my screen. Unfortunately some of us can’t follow instructions. When we reached the Rabbit Run near Stableford, Wahoo said right but my co-riders chirped up: ‘It can’t be right, we always go LEFT and THEN immediately right.’ Result: a small breakaway group consisting of Andy Mowbray, Andy Seymour and myself. We headed on in the right general direction and saw loads of other cyclists out on this warm and fine day but no one else from the BCC. We were definitely out on a limb. Eventually we caught up with the A group and they let us tag along with them till we reached the cafe. The sound of our bikes cutting through the air and our tyres whirring on the tarmac was thrilling – I felt like one bee in a swarm, all united in a common purpose and a common pleasure.

We arrived at the cafe and before long, the cafe was full of BCC riders, all enjoying a well earned bevvie and a slice of cake. We chatted and joked and then set on our way, heading back via Patshull Park, Worfield and The Hobbins. Here, I was indebted to some of the A team riders Neil Chatter, Neil Thomas and Andy Seymour who, knowing that I had ‘unfinished business’ with a certain Strava segment, helped push me along by setting a great pace. Without sounding like a Strava bore (!) I took 10 seconds off my previous time and moved up to number 2 all-time women – cue that mini fist-pump feeling 😉.

Eventually we arrived back at Clee Cycles. The busy and virtuous amongst us said goodbye and headed home and the rest of us undid all our good work by having a pint or two at the SVR. Sitting down with my new cycling buddies, I felt an overwhelming sense of contentment and achievement. Modern life can seem complicated, challenging and often downright unjust and 2018 has had its fair share of trials and hardship but when I’m riding with my BCC friends, all is well with the world and I’m in my happy place. Wishing each and every one of you a happy, successful and rewarding 2019. Here’s to loads more fun rides together.

 

Thanks Sarah Alexander for words and pictures

Family Fun Day

Thanks to everyone who came along to the Family Fun day at Comer Woods, Dudmaston.

The weather was really kind to us, a little chilly, but everyone soon warmed up. We all had a great time leading riders of all ages, shapes, sizes and abilities around the family trails and the full MTB race circuit. It was great to see so many people taking up the challenge and we hope that the introduction will continue to encourage people to explore and enjoy this fantastic National Trust facility right here on Bridgnorth’s doorstep.

Bridgnorth Cycling Club Reliability Trial 2019

New start location with great facilities for our annual Reliability Ride in February.

Plenty of parking at Innage Lane approx 750 metres from the start.

Two great, signed routes, and plenty of cake ! What’s not to like ?

Short Route 27 Miles 

Strava     –       https://www.strava.com/routes/16792958

GPX         –       Link to file

Long Route 54 Miles

Strava     –      https://www.strava.com/routes/16793070

GPX         –      Link to file

We’re supporting the Bridgnorth Rights of Way Group

The Association was set up in 2017 to support the upkeep of rights of way in and around Bridgnorth. One of the great things about cycling both on and off road is getting out and enjoying the wonderful Shropshire countryside. By supporting the working parties orgainsed by the Association you can help maintain access.

Keep an eye on their website for details of working parties and perhaps spare a few hours to support.  http://bridgnorthrightsofway.weebly.com/

Bridgnorth CC featured by Cycling Weekly

Last week we were selected by Cycling Weekly to feature in the Ride With series.

Every week the magazine teams up with a club and joins them on a club ride. We were blessed with weather that was cold but didn’t feature any of the frozen roads or snow of recent weeks. Wrapped up against the cold the club took CW on 40 mile route including a stop at one of our favourite cafes. We also took the opportunity to present a cheque of funds raised at our Christmas party to a local charity.

The article features a brief history of the club, comments from members and a route map.

We’ve been fortunate to be given the photos from the day by Andy Jones Photography, a selection of which is available below.

Read the full article here 

Continuing our support of local charities

When we held our Christmas Party (in January !)  we had a raffle with some fantastic prizes donated by local businesses. The raffle raised over £200 and as usual we chose a local charity to donate the proceeds to, this time Oak Farm Friends Association.

Oak Farm is a smallholding in Ditton Priors that provides a day service for adults with learning difficulties within the local area.

Here you can see members of the club handing the “big cheque” over to Andy and Elliott Clee from Oak Farm.

Mayor of Bridgnorth pays us a visit

Saturday was a special day for us here at Bridgnorth Cycle Club as we entertained special visitors, The Mayor and Mayoress of Bridgnorth.

The event was to showcase a number of sports related clubs and businesses in Bridgnorth and was hosted at the recently opened Gym Club. Bridgnorth based Clee Cycles also came along to help BCC celebrate the growth of the cycle club and to promote cycling and fitness in the town.

Bridgnorth Cycle Club has seen a terrific year which began with our Sportive back in February where we had over 120 riders from across the county riding a tough route through the very cold but picturesque Shropshire countryside. There has been a steady stream of new riders joining the club with over 30 this year, from those just starting out in the sport to a group who regular take part in local sportive rides, the highlight of the season being Sunday’s Velo Birmingham.

Our mountain bike section is, as always, out there come rain or shine with regular Tuesday night rides and we were again proud to lend our support to the Midlands Cross Series race at the Dudmaston circuit.

We run regular rides throughout the year starting from Clee Cycles, keep an eye on our Facebook page or check back here for details.

Supporting Bridgnorth First Responders

We’re proud to be able to support a vital local service.

Following our Reliability ride where over 100 riders took part in two rides over 35 and 55 miles we have been able to make a donation to the Bridgnorth First Responders.

Barry Goodyear Chair of BCC presented the cheque to Chris Phillips outside Clee Cycles before last Sunday’s club run.

We’ll be running the event again in 2018, it forms part of a series of winter rides organised by all the cycling clubs across Shropshire.

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