Bridgnorth Cycling Club was formed in 2010, when our current Chairman, Andrew Davies, put an advert in the Shropshire Star, enquiring whether any local riders were interested in forming a cycling club in the town, to fill the gap between the larger established clubs in the region.
A mixture of people came to a number of meetings at Oldbury Wells School, a committee was formed, and the club was started with Tuesday evening mountain bike rides during the summer and weekend road rides.
The club has continued to grow and has joined other Shropshire cycling clubs by holding an annual Reliability ride. We also work with the National Trust at both Benthall, near Broseley and in Comer Woods at Dudmaston where very accessible MTB trails for all abilities have been created.
The Comer Woods MTB Trail has raised both the club’s and the trail’s profile for mountain biking locally and Nationally, with riders visiting from near and far. The Midland XC Series is an annual fixture at this venue, hosted jointly between BCC and Clee Cycles.
At this point it is only fair to say more of Clee Cycles – Andy Jones and his team at Clee Cycles offer bike guidance, servicing facilities, spares and accessories and a place to chat about bikes. We are lucky to have a good bike shop in town and they offer BCC members a discount. Go see Andy and his team, they are good bunch.
The Tuesday night MTB Rides remain popular and now run all year round, rain or shine, light or dark. Many of the club’s members take part in organised MTB events, visit trail centres and well-known mountain biking areas across the country.
The road rides go out most weekends (only being deterred by atrocious weather), where there are generally two or three groups riding. Our A group is for faster and longer rides of up to 50 miles or more. The B group for those who are a ‘tad’ slower, covers approximately 30 miles and the C group is for anyone wanting to ride at a more gentle pace, following the B route. Obviously, Coffee and cake figure in our club rides and when together in a café, our club colours make quite a show, not to say a statement.
Supporting worthy causes
As a club, we believe it’s important to support various causes that make a difference to people’s lives. In the spring of 2018 the club featured in Cycling Weekly and made charitable donations to West Midlands Air Ambulance and Oak Farm, which operates a day service for adults with learning difficulties. All proceeds from our annual Reliability Rides are donated to local charities and in 2019 we were delighted to see Bridgnorth Hospital League of Friends benefit.
It’s important to us that everyone enjoys cycling and to do this the club welcomes people of differing abilities, differing mechanical skills and, most importantly, a sense of humour.
Come and see for yourselves, we look forward to welcoming you on a ride.