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One of the 'Must Ride’ Races in the 2017 Cyclo-Cross Calendar Takes Place at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire on Saturday 8th July

Cyclo Cross RaceThe Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross Race is a truly unique off-road cycling event, sponsored by Ludgate Finance and broadcast on Sky TV/Virgin Bike Channel, attracting over 300 riders from across the UK all competing over a course like no other.

With officials dressed in Victorian costumes and spectators enjoying traditional Victorian entertainment including barrel organs, steam engines and a funfair you would be forgiven for thinking this is all just an excuse for some summer fun, and for the spectators enjoying a real ale or two from the authentic Victorian pub, which it undoubtedly is.

But for the riders this is serious stuff. It isn’t badged “Britain’s craziest bike race” for nothing. Entries are now open and the organisers are encouraging anyone to come and have a go, from novice riders to experienced cyclocross riders. Entrants can use either mountain bikes or cyclocross bikes, but prepare for a challenge! This is a tough off-road cycle race, for adult and junior competitors alike.

Each race takes in several laps of a gruelling circuit featuring pavements and cobbled streets, wooded trails, steep hills (including the ascent of the Hay Incline Plane) with riders having to carry their bike over several parts of the course. The event will also feature the Telford Balance Bike Championship.

Promoter Nick Jeggo said “We are delighted that once again we are receiving generous sponsorship from Ludgate Business Finance. The event has become one of the favourites on the Cyclocross calendar with people travelling from all over the country to take part. The event has grown year on year and we’re looking forward to an evening of family fun combined with top class cycling action”

Steve Grice Director of Ludgate Finance, himself a keen cyclist with Newport Shropshire Cycling Club said “ This is a great fun event, and we are very happy to be headline sponsor again, meaning it can be televised so more people can enjoy it. It’s a real have-a-go race for all comers”

Taking place at this World Heritage Site located in Shropshire’s beautiful Ironbridge Gorge there is much to enjoy for spectators and riders alike and with the town’s Victorian pub, traditional chip shop and café all open to provide refreshments a great family atmosphere is ensured.  Doors open at 5.15pm with the first race starting at 6.00pm.

Competitor entry: http://cyclotours.co.uk/qvcx/race-entry/; spectator entrance fee: £4 (children under 16 free – must be accompanied by an adult), or for further information please visit www.queenviccx.co.uk.

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