Sport and competitive cycling

If you're interested in using your bike for exercise or sport, there are lots of opportunities in Shrewsbury.

Cycle Shrewsbury has recently produced a new leaflet about BMX and mountain bike in and around Shrewsbury. Download it here, order order hard copies here.


Mountain biking

Cycle Shrewsburys Neal Challinor in Hopton WoodThe Shrewsbury and wider Shropshire area has some fantastic mountain bike trails. There are places like Eastridge Woods, Hopton Woods and Mortimer Forest which have hosted national championship races and which also offer great fun riding for all abilities. The Shropshire forests are brilliant whether you want to ride cross-country, down hill or a simple fun ride with the family.

For further information on these venues have a look at the Forestry Commission website. If you would like to enter mountain bike competitions in Shropshire visit Pearce Cycles website.

A new mountain bike centre has recently opened in the Shropshire Hills.Set in the grounds of the Station Inn in Marshbrook, it has a bike shop, a mountain bike workshop, a cafe, a shower block and a bike wash, camping pods and a large campsite. A number of mountain bike trails start near the centre.

The centre started running a mountain bike club on 5 March 2011. It is open to kids aged 10-16 years old and runs from 9.30am-12pm on Saturdays. For more details please contact: 01694 781515.

Visit the Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike And Outdoor Pursuit Centre website.


BMX

upton_lane_bmx_track_copyright_scott_cartwright_eggraphyFive BMX tracks in Shrewsbury have recently been to a professional standard. These tracks are located at Upton Lane in Monkmoor, Little Harlescott Lane in Harlescott, Shorncliffe Drive in Shelton, Moneybrook Way in Meole Brace and Lythwood Road in Bayston Hill.

The tracks are proving very popular with both children and adults. Helmets are strongly recommended if you choose to ride these tracks.

There is a concrete skate park located at the Shrewsbury Sports Village on Sundorne Road and ramps at the BMX track at Shorncliffe Drive. Ramps are also located at Monkmoor Recreation Centre, Monkmoor Rd and Kynaston Road, Harlescott (adjacent to the community centre).

Shrewsbury BMX club coaching sessions run every Saturday except the last Saturday of the month 10am-11am at Upton Lane BMX track (Monkmoor) from 10 March 2012 for children aged up to 16. Suitable for children who are not very experienced BMXers.

Contact Steve Cunningham for more information about Shrewsbury BMX club, tel: 01743 252361 or email: [email protected].

Wrekin Riders BMX Club are a British Cycling accreditted Go Ride club operating across the whole of Shropshire offering cycling sport coaching.

To find out more call Derek Owen on 07976 100 463 or visit the Wrekin Riders website.


bikefest-2009-cyclo-crossCyclo-cross

Cyclo-cross facilities in Shrewsbury are limited; however there is now a Cyclo-cross course at the Shrewsbury Sports Village.

Mid-Shropshire Wheelers organise a round of the West Midlands Cyclo Cross League there annually. Contact Dave Mellor Cycles for more information.


Road and track cycling

There are several types of road racing you may be interested in and they are all catered for in the Shrewsbury area.

If you are interested in taking part in road or cycling as a competitive activity then it's a good idea to join a cycling club. Shrewsbury has a number of very active cycling clubs. You can find out more here or visit the Shropshire Cycling Clubs Association website

The cycle track at Shrewsbury Sports Village is often used for competitive cycle events and galas. Local cycling clubs will be able to supply you with details of these and other events in the area.

Time trials take place on Tuesdays during summer and road racing happens on a Thursday evening. During winter there is closed circuit racing on the track at the Shrewsbury Sports Village which happens on Tuesday and Thursday evenings under the flood lights.

A lot of the road racing is organised and supported by the Mid Shropshire Wheelers who can offer advice and information.


Competitive cycling nationally

There's loads of information on the internet about competitive cycling on a national level. Your best source of information is British Cycling, the governing body for cycling in Britain. The British Cycling website has details of competitive cycling for all ages on both from a local to international level.

The BBC sports website is an excellent resource for keeping you up to date with British cyclists and includes videos and interviews with all the nation's best cyclists.

The Tour of Britain takes place annually in September. Find out more on the Tour of Britain website.

What's on

02/09/2012

Women on wheels social ride

09/09/2012

Cycling with Tots - information and try out session

23/09/2012

West Midlands Cyclo Cross league 2

25/09/2012

Shropshire Cycle Forum

28/09/2012

Basic cycle maintenance course

 
 


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