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Cyclists take on Victorian Town: Cyclo-Cross event at Blists Hill (2nd May 2014)

Cyclists take on Victorian Town: Cyclo-Cross event at Blists Hill

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 Saturday evening, 28th June 2014, the first race starts at 6pm and the event ends at 9pm. The exciting Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross will 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 and explore the industrial monuments and land marks 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.

The gates open at 5pm and the first race will start at 6pm; spectators are welcome for just £3, payable at the gate; children under 16 will be free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult. Ironbridge Gorge Museum Passports are not valid for this evening and dogs will not be allowed.

For more details visit www.newportshropshirecc.org.uk/queenviccx, further information about Blists Hill can be found on www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).