June, 2021

sun27jun12:00 AM11:59 PMELY Charity Cycle Challenge12:00 AM - 11:59 PM What's On At Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford, Herefordshire, HR4 9QU, UK

Ely Charity Cycle Challenge, Cycling Events In Herefordshire

Event Details

ELY Charity Cycle Challenge

The ELY Charity Cycle Challenge have three new routes for this years event. The proposed routes will take in part of the Black & White Village Trail of Herefordshire. They are characterised by large number of timbered and half timbered buildings. You will cycle through some of the prettiest villages and landscape in England.

This year you have three routes to choose from, 30 miles, 46 miles and 68 miles.

30 Mile Route
The 30 mile Challenge heads West out of Hereford, a reasonably quiet country road via Burghill and Tillington and onto the A4110. The village of Wellington is reached after a mile where a left turn onto another quiet country lane takes you onto Canon Pyon. A few hundred yards on the A4110 through the village and a left turn leads on towards Kings Pyon and the scenic black & white village of Weobley where the first water station is situated at Weobley Village Hall, with toilet facilities. From Weobley the route heads West along a quiet undulating B Road and onto the A480 A right turn followed by a left turn takes you along quiet lanes and eventually meets up with the A480 at Moorhampton. A right turn leads onto A480 which is probably the quietish main road in Herefordshire. Again, it is undulating with views across to Hay Bluff before turning right at Mansel Lacy crossroads. The next few miles are on quiet, narrow country lanes passing through Bishopstone and Kenchester before reaching Credenhill. The route then rejoins the A480 and heads back to the finish at Hereford Racecourse via Roman Road.

The 30 mile route taken at a steady pace is easily manageable for cyclists of limited abilities.

46 Mile Route
The 46 mile Challenge after replenishing water bottles and taking a snack on board at Weobley the route heads out along the quiet lanes to the village of Dilwyn. A right turn in the centre of the village takes you towards the A44 passing by Tyrells Crisp factory. At the /A44 Junction you head straight over onto the A44 for 1 mile then a right turn takes you into the picturesque black & white village of Eardisland. A left turn just before the bridge over the River Arrow leads onto Broome Lane and west towards another black & white village, Pembridge. At the junction in the centre of the village a right turn immediately followed by a left turn leads onto another quiet lane to Broxwood and back to the A4112 and Weobley where water and snacks will be available before heading on the same route as the 30 mile challenge.

The 46 mile route will obviously be a bit more challenging but again taken at a steady pace is well achievable by any cyclist with a reasonable fitness level.

68 Mile Route
The 68 mile Challenge follows the 46mile route for approximately 34 miles then continues on through Staunton-on-Wye village. After leaving the village you turn right onto the A438 then after 300metres turn left and the route takes you over the River Wye at Bredwardine and onto the B4352 towards Hay-on-Wye. After 3 miles a left turn takes you along a quiet lane to the B4348 continuing along the B4348 for 5 miles passing through the village of Dorstone until you reach Peterchurch and the final water/feed station. On the outskirts of the village the route turns right towards the foothills of the Black Mountains and the start of a steady 2mile climb varying between 8% and 15% to Michaelchurch Escley. A left turn leads you to the start of a fast 2 mile descent, much needed after the steady climb. The route then leads you back onto the A4348 for 2 miles when a left turn takes you to the village of Madley. From here the route heads along a C road for 3 miles before crossing the River Wye again at Bridge Sollars. After crossing the A438 onto a quiet lane in 1/2 mile you join the 30 and 46 mile routes back to Hereford Racecourse.

The 68 mile Challenge is obviously aimed t the more experienced cyclists with a greater fitness level with a testing climb around the 48 mile point!

The price varies per route. Entry prices as follows:
30 miles – £18
46 miles – £23
68 miles – £28
Under 16s cost £5 for all routes but must be accompanied by an adult

How do I enter?
You can enter via our event page on the British Cycling website

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