One of the UK’s most unusual cycle races returns on Saturday 29th June. The Ludgate Finance Queen Victoria Cyclocross is fought out around Blists Hill Victorian Town in the beautiful Ironbridge Gorge, a World Heritage Site. Once again, the event will be headline sponsored by LUDGATE FINANCE.
Hundreds of riders from across the country will be taking part in the event, once dubbed “Britain’s Craziest bike race” by Cycling Weekly magazine. Each race takes in several laps of a gruelling circuit featuring pavements and cobbled streets, wooded trails, steep hills (including the ascent of the famous Hay Incline Plane) with riders having to carry their bike over several parts of the course.
To add to the spectacle, officials dress in Victorian costumes and spectators enjoy traditional Victorian entertainment including barrel organs, steam engines, a funfair and an authentic Victorian pub. You could be forgiven for thinking this is all just an excuse for some summer fun, but for the riders this is serious stuff.
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.
Competitor Entry: http://cyclotours.co.uk/qvcx/enter-the-race/
Spectator Entrance fee: £4
Children under 16 free - must be accompanied by an adult
Dogs must be on a lead
5.15 - 9pm
Ironbridge Gorge Museum Passports are not valid for this evening; dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead.