When: 28th June 2014, gates open at 5pm and the first race will start at 6pm
Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire
£: Spectators are welcome for just £3 (payable at the gate). Children under 16 (accompanied by an adult) go free.
What is it?
Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge has once again teamed up with the organisers of Newport’s famous Nocturne cycle race, to host an exciting urban cyclo-cross event. Taking place on the evening of Saturday 28th June, the exciting Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross is expected to attract in excess of 300 of the UK’s top riders.
The Victorian town will present unusual and formidable challenges as the cyclists ride modern bikes through the recreated Victorian streets. Between watching the races, spectators will be able to wander around the town to explore the industrial monuments and landmarks of the 52 acre site.
The inaugural event in 2013 was a huge success, described in Cycling Weekly magazine as ‘Britain’s Craziest Bike Race’. This year the unique course has been improved whilst retaining the fearsome Hay Inclined Plane.
Cyclo-cross is one of the fastest growing types of cycle sport, with urban events becoming particularly popular in the last couple of years, especially since they offer opportunities for all ages to compete at the same race meeting.
For those who wish to go along and watch this unusual event, the gates will open at 5pm, with the first race beginning at 6pm. The Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross event is due to go on until 9pm.
Blists Hill Victorian Town allows visitors to experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian town.