Organisers of the Staffordshire Cycling Festival, which sees its third edition this year, are turning to crowdfunding to help finance the event.
Held on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 July, the programme includes three professional races, two sportives, a balance bike challenge and a mass participation ride in the county town, Stafford.
The first day takes place in Stafford itself, with the second based at Shugborough Hall, the nearby estate managed by the National Trust.
The 2015 Staffordshire Cycling Festival takes place on the 3rd and 4th July and starts with its traditional Friday night criterium races in Stafford town centre, before moving to Milford & the beautiful grounds of Shugborough Estate for Saturday’s activities, incorporating two sportives, a fast and furious mountain bike race, criteriums and a kermesse.
The sportive routes get a refresh this year, and there are also a number of changes to the professional kermesse. The festival caters for all levels of cycling skill and is a fun event for spectators and all the family.
Two Leicestershire cyclists have been injured while riding near Tamworth in neighbouring Staffordshire after a motorist allegedly used his car door to deliberately push one of them off his bike.
It’s the latest in a series of incidents in the Midlands in recent weeks – three in Leicestershire in which the same silver BMW is believed to have been involved, and another one, also involving a silver car but not being linked to those by police, in Warwickshire.
Shugborough Hall will this weekend provide a stately backdrop to the second day of the inaugural Staffordshire Cycling Festival, with the action starting on the streets of the county town on Friday evening with the fourth edition of the HMT Stafford GP.
Staffordshire Police say thieves using social media sites to target bikes after £175k spate of thefts
Staffordshire Police believe that cycle thieves are using information garnered from social networking sites to target high-value bicycles following a string of thefts from garden sheds and outbuildings in the south of the county, with 370 bikes worth a combined £175,000 stolen between September and December last year, giving an average value of £468 each.
This year represents the fourth running of this increasingly popular event and includes two fully signed routes (100K and 50K) through the picturesque, and challenging, countryside of Staffordshire and Shropshire with checkpoints/feedstations, sag wagon, inclusive food and drink and live entertainment and completion medals at the finish.
"Brewood Cycle Challenge" cycle is a British Cycling "Registered Sportive".
Jerseys are available to purchase off the website or as part of the online booking process.
EARLY-BIRD PRICES available until the 28th February 2013.
Six-year-old cyclist tackles 113-miles ride from Northampton to London to raise money for children's hospice
A six-year-old boy who lives in Stone, Staffordshire, has embarked on a 113-bike ride from his birthplace, Northampton, to Tower Bridge in London to raise money for a hospice after being inspired by the story of a girl named Tilly. Halfway through his journey, he has already beaten his £1,000 fundraising target.
Edward Dyster set out on the trip with his parents Emma and Steve last Friday, with the family aiming to cover 24 miles per day to arrive in the capital on Wednesday, mainly riding routes forming part of the National Cycle Network.
An MP wants to discuss banning cyclists from a section of the A50 in the Midlands with local cycling clubs, reports the Uttoxeter Advertiser.
Andrew Griffiths the Conservative MP for Burton and Uttoxeter made the suggestion in response to a call by the father of a cyclist killed on the road to prohibit cyclists from using it.
Staffordshire County Council has denied a report in the Burton Mail that it has dropped plans to fund the creation of safe cycle routes in Horninglow due to budget cuts.
A network of cycle paths was due to be brought on stream this year, providing safe routes for cyclists including those who need encouragement to make cycling part of their routine.